I’m Mac McCann. I’m a freelance writer, who’s passionate about writing, news, politics, history, religious studies, music (especially hip-hop) and comedy.
Since I was first published in 2011, I’ve written hundreds of articles covering a wide variety of topics. I’ve been published in more than a dozen different publications around the country, including The Dallas Morning News, The Chicago Tribune, Newsday, The Houston Chronicle, The Charlotte Observer, The Seattle Times, Sun-Sentinel, The Huffington Post, The Austin American-Statesman, Reason, Complex, The Albany Times-Union, Virgin Islands Daily News, OC Weekly, OnFaith, Phoenix New Times and The Daily Texan, among others.
Between Sept. 1 and Dec. 29, I was a news writer for Complex, where I wrote and aggregated over 330 articles.
Over the summer of 2016, I was the Editorial Board Intern at The Dallas Morning News, where I’ve written about a wide variety of local and national topics. Many of 40+ were also published around the country, from the Charlotte Observer to the Hawaii Tribune-Herald to the Sun Sentinel in Florida to the Albany Times Union to the Virgin Islands Daily News and a handful of other publications in between. Following the Dallas Ambush, I was interviewed on Deutsche Welle, Germany’s international broadcaster, and SPIN 1038, a radio station in Dublin, Ireland. In August, I won the DMN‘s in-house writing award for Commentary and Criticism between April and June. My three winning entries (on sexual assault, Trump, and homophobia) made me the only intern to win an award.
In May 2016, I graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a Plan II Honors, Religious Studies Honors, and History triple-major, and a minor in American Studies, as well as a Certificate in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies. During college, I was selected as a Headliners Foundation Scholar and a Jefferson Junior Fellow. I’m a member of Theta Alpha Kappa, the national honors society for religious studies, and a member of Phi Alpha Theta, the national honors society for history. At the 2015 Central Texas Colloquium on Religion, I presented my academic paper “MCs & Marx: Examining Rap from a Historical Materialist Perspective,” which I expanded into my 17,000+ word Plan II Honors and Religious Studies Honors senior thesis.
From the fall of 2013 to May of 2016, I was a news reporter for the Austin Chronicle, where I wrote about a variety of topics and wrote three cover stories.
During the summer of 2013, I was an intern with The Dallas Observer, and I still contribute occasionally. From January 2013 until September 2015, I was the opinion editor and a reporter for The Horn, which was an online publication based in Austin. I’ve also worked for The Daily Texan.
From the fall of 2014 through January 2016, I handled marketing and donations part-time at Pluckers Wing Bar. I mostly helped out with our Twitter (@Pluckers), which is one of the top 100 Twitter accounts in Austin. I was also Pluckers official rapper, and made a rap music video. I wrote some blogs for them as well.
From 2013 to 2016, I was staff writer and Senior Food Critic for the Texas Travesty, the largest student-produced humor publication in the country. During my time on staff, the Travesty won their sixth ‘Best Local Publication’ award from the readers of the Austin Chronicle. I also campaigned for the Travesty‘s Xavier Rotnofsky and Rohit Mandalapu, during their victorious Student Government Executive Alliance election. After the race, I was quoted in an USA Today College article about the election.
In addition to writing, I’m very interested in religious studies, history, politics, race, music (especially folk and hiphop) and comedy. My Twitter account (@MacMcCannTX) is one of the top 100 accounts in Dallas. I’ve led the largest high school Youth for Ron Paul chapter in the country and been featured in a Dallas Morning News story. I’ve won multiple debate and oratory competitions, performed stand-up comedy, rapped and made music videos, telemarketed, had my tweet included in a Huffington Post article, fought against the death penalty, been interviewed on The Takeaway radio show, and interned under Dr. Justin C. Fisher at SMU’s Philosophy Department.
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“I never had an opinion in politics or religion which I was afraid to own. A costive reserve on these subjects might have procured me more esteem from some people, but less from myself.” -Thomas Jefferson