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Zach Toombs

Sr. Policy Editor

Zach leads Newsy's Policy team in Washington, D.C. with a special focus on stories about people, policy and Middle America. 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, and several original documentary series. In the field, Zach has reported from Paris, Havana and across the country on the campaign trail. Follow him on Twitter at @zachtoombs and on Facebook at

  Recent Work
A worshipper raises his hand during a Sunday morning service at Expectation Church in Virginia.
Newsy / Kevin ClancyU.S.

Debriefing 'Revolt': Media Shouldn't Ignore Religion

The Young Evangelicals for Climate Action march on Washington, D.C.
Newsy / Kevin ClancySci/Health

Revolt: The Kingdom And The Power

A solar farm in San Antonio, Texas
Newsy / Kevin ClancySci/Health

Debriefing 'Revolt': Will Utility Companies Join Clean Energy Push?

A worker installs solar panels on a rooftop in San Antonio, Texas
Newsy / Kevin ClancySci/Health

Revolt: Bigger In Texas

Henry Red Cloud is the founder of the Red Cloud Renewable Center.
Newsy / Kevin ClancySci/Health

Henry Red Cloud Brings Solar Energy To Tribal Lands

Jennifer Irving shows off Thunder Valley's regenerative community
Newsy / Kevin ClancySci/Health

Debriefing 'Revolt': Why Native American Tribes Need Capital

Ted Eagle Jr. dances at a July 4 powwow on the Cheyenne River Reservation
Newsy / Kevin ClancySci/Health

Revolt: A Tale Of Two Tribes

Al Gore attends a press conference for "An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power."
Getty Images / Matthias NareyekSci/Health

Al Gore Has A Lot To Say About Rural America And Climate Change

Coalfield Development is training coal miners to install solar panels.
Newsy / Kevin ClancySci/Health

This West Virginia Company Trains Coal Miners To Install Solar Panels

Retired miner Chuck Nelson, reporter Zach Toombs and mountaintop removal opponent Junior Walk overlook a coal waste site.
Newsy / Kevin ClancySci/Health

Debriefing 'Revolt': How We Filmed Mountaintop Removal

Reporter Zach Toombs and retired coal miner Chuck Nelson overlook a mountaintop removal site.
Newsy / Kevin ClancySci/Health

Revolt: Coal River Mountain

Reporter Zach Toombs climbs onto the head of a wind turbine over rural Iowa
Newsy / Kevin ClancySci/Health

Wind Turbine Technician Is The Fastest-Growing Job In America

Reporter Zach Toombs talks to Iowa corn farmer Denny Friest
Newsy / Kevin ClancySci/Health

Debriefing 'Revolt': Why Iowa Loves Wind Energy

Wind turbines turn above cornfields in rural Iowa
Newsy / Kevin ClancySci/Health

Revolt: Blue-Collar Wind

Volunteer rescue worker Mike Level and reporter Zach Toombs search for residents trapped by floodwaters.
Newsy / Kevin ClancySci/Health

Revolt: When It Rains

A coal-fired power plant in West Virginia
Newsy / Kevin ClancySci/Health

Most Of The World's Carbon Emissions Come From Just 100 Companies

Ranchers Joe and Brian Gader look over their drought-stricken sorghum field in North Dakota.
Newsy / Kevin ClancySci/Health

Debriefing 'Revolt: When It Rains'

Wind turbines in Iowa
Newsy / Kevin ClancyPolitics

Revolt: Energy Revolution In The Heartland (Trailer)

People run from gunfire at a country music concert in Las Vegas, Nevada on Monday.
Getty Images / David BeckerU.S.

Mass Shootings Far More Common In US Than Anywhere Else In The World

Bernie Sanders at a campaign rally
Getty Images / Win McNameePolitics

Bernie Sanders' 'Medicare For All' Health Care Plan, Explained

People walk through flooded streets in Naples, FL after Hurricane Irma hit.
Getty Images / Spencer PlattSci/Health

How Can Cities Protect Against Hurricanes?

A civilian rescue boat carries two senior citizens to dry land in Houston on Tuesday.
Newsy / Kevin ClancyU.S.

Houston Turns To 'Cajun Navy' And Civilian Fleets To Help With Rescues

Members of various white supremacist groups march in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Getty Images / Chip SomodevillaPolitics

Homegrown Terror Is More Common Than Islamic Terror In The US

Young climate activists gather outside the White House
Getty Images / Mark WilsonPolitics

Al Gore Has A Message For The Next Generation's Climate Action

A needle used to inject heroin sits in a street outside a clinic
WCPO / Emily MaxwellPolitics

Moving The Needle: Saving Lives In The Heroin Crisis

Former Vice President Al Gore
Newsy / Kohl ThrelkeldPolitics

Al Gore Talks Climate Change And Middle America (Full Interview)

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher in his office
Newsy / Jake GodinPolitics

Putin-Friendly Congressman: FBI Alert Of Russian Spies Was 'Insulting'

Derrick Crowe is a first-time candidate for Congress.
Derrick Crowe for CongressPolitics

A 'Science Nerd' Takes On Congress' Top Climate Change Doubter

Former FBI Director James Comey testifies at a Senate hearing.
Getty Images / Chip SomodevillaPolitics

President Trump Keeps Firing People Investigating President Trump

People's Climate March in Washington, D.C.
Getty ImagesSci/Health

Climate March Pushes Back Against Trump Agenda