Jake Hanrahan

Jake Hanrahan

Formal First Name
1990 - present

Jake Hanrahan is an independent journalist and filmmaker focused on war and conflict, particularly on militia forces, parliamentarians, as well as guerilla warfare. Jake covers conflict, crime, and politics all over the world. He has worked for HBO, VICE News, Esquire, Frontline PBS, ProPublica, Harpers, BBC News, The Guardian, and Wired, among others. He has reported from Syria, Iraq, Ukraine, southeast Turkey, Palestine, Karabakh, Peru, Hong Kong, Kosovo, Northern Ireland, and more. Jake is best known for his work in covering the Kurdish militant group, Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). He runs a grassroots independent media platform called Popular Front and has another podcast "Q-Clearance: The Hunt for QAnon."


  • Popular Front consists of a podcast, documentaries, as well as a magazine.

  • The podcast released more than 150 episodes of interviews with people from conflict zones around the world.

  • The podcast's best-known video project is the 2020 documentary Plastic Defense, which gained over 2 million views on YouTube.


  • Gargoyle is a compilation of Jake's on-the-ground reporting from all the wrong crowds.

  • In this book, he visits hidden places and speaks to people from militant hideouts in Kurdistan, to the secret safehouses of dark web drug dealers.