Meet the Team

Zach Toombs

Director of News

An old soul working in new media, Zach leads Newsy's Washington, D.C. bureau and makes visual stories about policy, data and people. He's launched several projects and series that received industry recognition, including two Edward R. Murrow awards and an Emmy nomination. Among those projects is Newsy's first-of-its-kind interactive fact check, Check 2016. In the field, Zach has reported from Paris, Havana and across the country on the campaign trail. Outside the office, he enjoys traveling, sailing and a fine cardigan. Follow him on Twitter at @zachtoombs.

  Recent Work
A cross by the side of the roadWATCHLIST
Newsy / Kevin ClancyPolitics

Fewer Migrants Are Crossing The US Border. So Why Are More Dying?

Newsy's Zach Toombs and Kate Grumke at the Grand CanyonWATCHLIST
Kevin Clancy / NewsyPolitics

Obama Is Adding National Monuments And Parks Like None Before Him

A marijuana growing facility in Denver.WATCHLIST
Newsy / Kevin ClancyPolitics

Colorado Cannabis Companies Still Jump Through Financial Hoops

Mayor Bob Dixson helped rebuild Greensburg, Kansas, on a 100-percent clean energy plan.WATCHLIST
Newsy / Kevin ClancyPolitics

Meet The Small Town Destroyed By A Tornado And Rebuilt On Green Energy

Trump says Clinton should be in jail.WATCHLIST
Getty ImagesPolitics

Let's Not Pretend Trump Pushing To Jail Clinton Is Normal

U.S. map with Tennessee highlighted and the number zero, which is how many times the candidates have visited since primariesWATCHLIST
Newsy / Andrew LawlerPolitics

Non-Swing States Get Almost No Attention From White House Candidates

Donald Trump during the first presidential debateWATCHLIST
Getty ImagesPolitics

Trump Says There's A Surge In Violent Crime. Here Are The Numbers.

Donald Trump at the second presidential debate.WATCHLIST
Getty ImagesPolitics

Donald Trump Did Support The Iraq War, Despite His (Repeated) Denials

West Virginia has the nation's highest overdose death rate.WATCHLIST
Newsy / Kevin ClancyPolitics

Prescription Drugs Are Linked To West Virginia's Heroin Epidemic

Downtown skyline of Huntington, West Virginia.WATCHLIST
Newsy / Connor HickoxPolitics

There's A New War On Drugs At The Center Of America's Heroin Epidemic

The words "climate change" are controversial even on Tangier Island.WATCHLIST
Newsy / Kevin ClancyPolitics

The Words 'Climate Change' Are Tricky On Tangier Island

Mayor "Ooker" Eskridge says the bay that's given Tangier Island life is now destroying it.WATCHLIST
Newsy / Kevin ClancyPolitics

Climate Change Is Destroying This Virginia Island

An image of Donald Trump from a newly released video of a June deposition.WATCHLIST
Buzzfeed / Superior Court of the District of ColumbiaPolitics

Donald Trump Deposition Video Finally Goes Public

Noor Tagouri spoke with Playboy for its recent "Renegades" issue.WATCHLIST
Kate WarrenU.S.

Noor Tagouri Talks About That Playboy Interview

Donald Trump talked a lot about topics he probably shouldn't have.WATCHLIST
Getty Images / Win McNameePolitics

Hillary Clinton Baited Donald Trump — And He Took The Bait

Donald Trump at the first presidential debate.WATCHLIST
Getty ImagesPolitics

Donald Trump Did Support The Iraq War, Despite His Denials

Donald Trump during the first presidential debateWATCHLIST
Getty ImagesPolitics

Trump Says There's A Surge In Violence. Here Are The Numbers.

Donald Trump speaks while on the campaign trail.WATCHLIST
Getty ImagesPolitics

Donald Trump Used Charity Donations To Settle Lawsuits

Barack Obama and Donald TrumpWATCHLIST
Getty ImagesPolitics

Trump Spread Birther Rumors. Clinton Didn't. This Video Shows It.

Celebrity physician Dr. Oz speaks with Donald Trump.WATCHLIST
Dr. OzPolitics

Donald Trump Opened Up About His Medical Records ... Sort Of

Visitors to California during marijuana harvest season try to hitch a ride.WATCHLIST
Getty Images / Andrew BurtonU.S.

Human Trafficking Is Booming In California's Shadowy Weed Industry

Donald Trump supporters hold up signs at a campaign event. His supporters worry more about terror than other Americans.WATCHLIST
Getty Images / Mark WallheiserPolitics

We're Seeing Less Violence, So Why Is America More Afraid?

Anti-pipeline "water protectors" gather outside a D.C. district court hearingWATCHLIST
Newsy / Jake GodinU.S.

Department Of Justice Steps In To Stop Construction On Pipeline

Supporters of Donald Trump at a rallyWATCHLIST
Newsy / Kevin ClancyPolitics

Trump Supporters Tell Us Why They're Worried About A Rigged Election

Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton.WATCHLIST
Getty Images / Jeff FuscoPolitics

This Man Could Shed Light On The Clinton Foundation — But He Hasn't

Donald Trump's alt-right and Europe's far-right nationalism have a lot in common.WATCHLIST

Trump's Alt-Right, Europe's Far-Right Nationalism Have A Lot In Common

Trump does "thumbs down" during a speechWATCHLIST
Getty Images / Isaac BrekkenPolitics

Donald Trump Is Majorly Struggling With Catholic Voters

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks during an event.WATCHLIST
Getty ImagesPolitics

Why Silicon Valley Is Taking A Rare Stand Against Donald Trump

Pentagon and Department of Defense sealsWATCHLIST
Getty ImagesPolitics

US Army Falsely Adjusted Its Spending By Trillions Of Dollars

Map of the United StatesWATCHLIST
U.S. Geological SurveyPolitics

An Honest Conversation About National Polls And Predicting Elections