Kim Barker

author, 'The Taliban Shuffle'; ProPublica

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Author of The Taliban Shuffle and a reporter covering campaign finance at ProPublica, a nonprofit organization that does investigative journalism

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Tina Fey’s character in her new film, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is based on the real-life journalist Kim Barker.

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Tina Fey’s character in her new film, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is based on the real-life journalist Kim Barker.

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