Tim Pool

Timothy Daniel Pool (born March 9, 1986) is an American journalist[6][7][8], YouTuber and political commentator.[1] He first became known for live streaming the Occupy Wall Street protests in 2011.[9][10]

Tim Pool
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Pool in 2015
Personal information
BornTimothy Daniel Pool
(1986-03-09) March 9, 1986 (age 34)
OccupationYoutuber, News coverage
YouTube information
Years active2011–present
  • 1,020,000 (Tim Pool)
  • 1,050,000 (Timcast)
  • 814,000 (Timcast IRL)
  • 157,000 (SCNR)
Total views
  • 230,849,713 (Tim Pool)[2]
  • 611,332,541 (Timcast)[3]
  • 94,416,606 (Timcast IRL)[4]
  • 2,856,227 (SCNR)[5]
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YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg 1,000,000 subscribers 2020

Updated: August 25, 2020

Early lifeEdit

Pool grew up with three siblings in Chicago's South Side in a lower-middle-class family. He left school at age 14.[11][12]


In the context of the Occupy movement, Pool's footage has been aired on NBC and other mainstream networks.[13][14][13][15][16] Pool's use of live streaming video and aerial drones during Occupy Wall Street protests in 2011 led to an article in The Guardian querying whether such activities could take the form of counterproductive surveillance.[17] In January 2012, he was physically accosted by a masked assailant.[18][19] Pool's video taken during the protests was instrumental evidence in the acquittal of photographer Alexander Arbuckle, who had been arrested by the NYPD. The video showed that the arresting officer lied under oath, though no charges were filed.[20]

Pool used a live-chat stream to respond to questions from viewers while reporting Occupy Wall Street.[21] Pool has also let his viewers direct him on where to shoot footage.[22] He modified a toy remote-controlled Parrot AR.Drone for aerial surveillance and modified software for live streaming into a system called DroneStream.[13][17] Pool was nominated as a Time 100 personality in March 2012.[23] While covering the NoNATO protests at the 2012 Chicago summit, Pool, along with four others, was pulled over by a dozen Chicago police officers in unmarked vehicles. The group was removed from the vehicle at gunpoint, questioned and briefly detained. The reason given by police was that the vehicle the team had been in matched a description. The group was released after 10 minutes.[24]

In 2013, Pool joined Vice Media producing and hosting content as well as developing new methods of reporting.[25] In 2013, he also reported on the Gezi Park protests in Istanbul with Google Glass.[26][25] In April 2013, he received a Shorty Award in the "Best Journalist in Social Media" category.[27] In 2013–14, as Vice correspondent, Pool covered and live streamed mass protests in Ukraine that led to collapse of the Yanukovych government.[28]

In 2014, he joined Fusion TV as Director of Media innovation and Senior Correspondent.[29][30][31]

In February 2017, Pool traveled to Sweden to investigate right-wing claims of "no-go zones" and problems with refugees in the country. He launched a crowdfunding effort to do so after Donald Trump alluded to crimes related to immigration in Sweden. Infowars writer Paul Joseph Watson offered to pay for travel costs and accommodation for any reporter "to stay in crime-ridden migrant suburbs of Malmö."[32][33] Watson donated $2,000 to Pool's crowdfund to travel to Sweden. While in Sweden, Pool largely disputed that migrant suburbs of Malmö and Stockholm were crime-ridden, saying that Chicago is vastly more violent.[34][32][33] However, Pool alleged that he had to be escorted by police out of Rinkeby, a Stockholm suburb, due to purported threats to his safety. Swedish police have disputed Pool's claims, stating, "Our understanding is that he didn't receive an escort. However, he followed the police who left the place."[35] The police stated that, "When Tim Pool took out a camera and started filming a group of young people pulled their hoods up and covered their faces and shouted at him to stop filming. The officers then told Tim Pool that it was not wise to stay there in the middle of the square and keep filming."[35]

Pool is a co-founder of Tagg.ly, a mobile application for watermarking photos and videos in order to allow copyrights to be withheld by users.[36] He also co-founded the news company Subverse (Now SCNR), which raised $1 million in 22 hours via regulation crowdfunding in 2019, surpassing the previous record on Wefunder.[37]


Vice, Pool's former employer, has described him as "lefty" and "progressive" for his anti-corporate politics and "right-wing" for criticizing online censorship of conservative views.[38][39] He has described himself as a social liberal who supported Bernie Sanders in 2016. According to Politico, Pool's "views on issues including social media bias and immigration often align with conservatives'".[40] According to Al Jazeera, "Pool has amplified claims that conservative media endure persecution and bias at the hands of tech companies."[41] On August 24, 2020, Pool announced his support for President Trump in the 2020 United States presidential election.[42]


  1. ^ a b Townsend, Allie (November 15, 2011). "Watch: Occupy Wall Street, Broadcasting Live". Time. Retrieved January 7, 2012.
  2. ^ "Tim Pool Channel Analytics". Social Blade. Retrieved April 12, 2020.
  3. ^ "Timcast Channel Analytics". Social Blade. Retrieved April 12, 2020.
  4. ^ "Timcast IRL Channel Analytics". Social Blade. Retrieved August 6, 2020.
  5. ^ "SCNR Channel Analytics". Social Blade. Retrieved April 12, 2020.
  6. ^ Rebecca Savransky (August 15, 2016). "Journalist pulls out of Milwaukee over escalating racial tensions". The Hill. Retrieved March 12, 2019.
  7. ^ Michelle Mark (August 15, 2016). "Prominent digital journalist pulls out of Milwaukee: 'For those who are perceivably white, it is just not safe to be here'". Business Insider. Retrieved March 12, 2019.
  8. ^ Andrew Marantz (December 11, 2017). "The Live-Streamers Who Are Challenging Traditional Journalism". The Hill. Retrieved March 12, 2019.
  9. ^ Fields, Jim (February 3, 2012). "The Media Messenger of Zuccotti Park". Time. Retrieved July 31, 2019.
  10. ^ DeGrasse, Martha (November 17, 2011). "Mobile phone streams Occupy Wall Street to the world". TCRWireless. Retrieved January 7, 2012.
  11. ^ @Timcast (April 16, 2017). "@tariqnasheed Im a mixed race high school dropout from the southside of Chicago and we probably agree on many issues but you wont even give it a chance" (Tweet) – via Twitter.[dead link]
  12. ^ S.A., COPESA, Consorcio Periodistico de Chile. "Indignado en Wall St - La Tercera El Semanal - La Tercera Edición Impresa" (in Spanish). Archived from the original on February 27, 2015.
  13. ^ a b c Captain, Sean (January 6, 2012). "Threat Level: Livestreaming Journalists Want to Occupy the Skies With Cheap Drones". Wired. Retrieved January 7, 2012.
  14. ^ Martin, Adam (January 5, 2012). "The Very Public Breakup of Occupy Wall Street's Ustream Team". The Atlantic Wire. Archived from the original on June 21, 2013. Retrieved January 7, 2012.
  15. ^ Coscarelli, Joe (January 5, 2012). "Daily Intel: Occupy Wall Street's Video Stars Are Feuding". New York. Retrieved January 7, 2012.
  16. ^ Captain, Sean (November 21, 2011). "Tim Pool And Henry Ferry: The Men Behind Occupy Wall Street's Live Stream". Fast Company. Retrieved January 7, 2012.
  17. ^ a b Sharkey, Noel; Knuckey, Sarah (December 21, 2011). "Occupy Wall Street's 'occucopter' – who's watching whom?". The Guardian. London. Retrieved January 7, 2012.
  18. ^ Devereaux, Ryan (February 3, 2012). "Occupy Wall Street: 'There's a militant animosity bred by direct action'". The Guardian. London.
  19. ^ "Anarchists Think Photographers And Reporters Are The "Fu*king Enemy"". Archived from the original on May 12, 2012.
  20. ^ Levinson, Paul (2012). New New Media, 2nd edition. Pearson. p. 182.
  21. ^ "Occupy PressThink: Tim Pool". Pressthink. November 20, 2011. Retrieved January 7, 2012.
  22. ^ Joanna (November 15, 2011). "Watch: Occupy Wall Street, Broadcasting Live". Ustream.tv. Retrieved January 7, 2012.
  23. ^ "The 2012 Time 100 Poll". Time. March 29, 2012.
  24. ^ "Independent Journalists Detained at Gunpoint". NBC Chicago.
  25. ^ a b Dredge, Stuart (July 30, 2013). "How Vice's Tim Pool used Google Glass to cover Istanbul protests". The Guardian.
  26. ^ Martin, Adam (December 7, 2011). "Occupy Wall Street Has a Drone: The Occucopter". The Atlantic Wire. Retrieved January 7, 2012.
  27. ^ Ngak, Chenda (April 9, 2013). "Shorty Awards 2013 honors Michelle Obama, Jimmy Kimmel". CBS News.
  28. ^ Burgett, Gannon (May 6, 2014). "Live Streaming the Ukrainian Revolt". vice. Retrieved July 31, 2020.
  29. ^ Steel, Emily (September 7, 2014). "Fusion Set to Name Director of Media Innovation". The New York Times.
  30. ^ "Tim Pool". Fusion.
  31. ^ "Fusion Brings On Tim Pool". Cision. September 9, 2014.
  32. ^ a b Bowden, George (February 21, 2017). "Paul Joseph Watson Comes Good On Twitter Offer To 'Investigate Malmo, Sweden, Crimes'". HuffPost. Retrieved March 14, 2018.
  33. ^ a b "The man sent to 'crime-ridden' Sweden by a right-wing journalist has reported his findings". indy100. February 28, 2017.
  34. ^ "Tim Pool har lämnat Sverige". SVT Nyheter (in Swedish). March 15, 2017. Retrieved May 12, 2019.
  35. ^ a b "Police dispute US journalist's claim he was escorted out of Rinkeby". thelocal.se. Retrieved March 5, 2017.
  36. ^ Burgett, Gannon (May 6, 2014). "Tagg.ly Makes For Simple Watermarking of Photos on iOS". PetaPixel. Retrieved April 2, 2019.
  37. ^ Alois, J. D. (October 9, 2019). "Crowdfunding on Wefunder, SubverseNews Tops $1 Million in 22 Hours". Crowdfund Insider. Retrieved October 20, 2019.
  38. ^ Uberti, David (July 26, 2019). "Tulsi Gabbard's $50M Google Lawsuit Takes a Page from the Far-Right Playbook". Vice. Retrieved October 20, 2019.
  39. ^ "Trump Invites Fringe Social Media Company Popular With Nazis to the White House". Vice. July 10, 2019. Retrieved October 20, 2019.
  40. ^ Overly, Steven. "Social media gadflies gather for airing of grievances with Trump". Politico. Retrieved October 20, 2019.
  41. ^ "Critics slam Trump 'social media summit' over far-right invitees". Al Jazeera. Retrieved October 20, 2019.
  42. ^ Graziosi, Greg (August 28, 2020). "Trump Jr shares post defending alleged Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse". The Independent. Retrieved October 20, 2020.

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