Zachary Slobig

Zachary Slobig, writer and radio producer, has worked on the staffs of Agence-France Presse, WIRED, National Public Radio, and GOOD. Before his career in journalism he taught second grade in South Boston with City Year, and creative writing with America Scores in West Los Angeles. He served as a corpsmember cutting miles of trails, planting scores of trees, and clearing vacant lots with the Los Angeles Conservation Corps in the summer of 1992—directly after the riots. In early 2005 he designed and implemented a creative writing workshop for young people in several communities on the Thai Andaman coast that had been devastated by the Indian Ocean tsunami. He is a product of California’s public higher education system: Masters of Journalism at UC Berkeley and summa cum laude at UCLA, but he got his start at mighty little Santa Monica College.


Zach is drawn to stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things. His work has appeared in a wide range of national magazines and major daily newspapers and has been broadcast on NPR, PRI, and APM. He has written documentary news features and written and story edited independent documentaries that have screened internationally. As a narrative consultant, he has worked with The Points of Light Foundation, The Mulago Foundation, The Gates Foundation, The American Legacy Foundation, and the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy.

In 2009 he co-wrote 180˚ South, a feature film about a Pan-American adventure and the quest for conservation from California to Patagonia. In 2011 and 2012, he and his wife, documentary filmmaker Sachi Cunningham, traced a similar path down the entire Pacific coastline in a pickup truck loaded with camping gear and surfboards. Zach and Sachi have since made their home with their young daughter at the westernmost sandy fringes of San Francisco.


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