Meet the Team

Zach Toombs

Executive Producer, Newsy Documentaries

Zach leads the Newsy Documentaries unit and serves as a reporter and producer in the field. He has reported across four continents, three presidential elections and several natural disasters. At Newsy, he has covered a wide variety of political and policy issues, with a focus on climate change, energy, innovation, and Middle America. Raised in small town Texas, Zach attended the University of Missouri, joined Newsy in 2011 and established Newsy's Washington, D.C. office in 2016.

  Recent Work
Newsy / Kyle PyattSci/Health

1.4 Million Live In High-Risk Zones Near Oil And Gas Production

Sen. Elizabeth Warren talks about her plan for student debt at a campaign event in Columbia, SC.
Newsy / Kyle PyattPolitics

Student Debt Is Reshaping Lives — And The Campaign Trail

Homes lie in ruin across Mexico Beach, Florida.
Newsy / Kyle PyattU.S.

As Hurricane Michael Recovery Begins, Thousands Are Without Power

U.S. production of oil and gas has skyrocketed in the last few years, but most of the increase is going abroad.
Newsy / Kevin ClancyWorld

America's Oil And Gas Boom Is Creating A New Global Fossil Fuel Era

"Young Guns" is a new special report from Newsy examining a new kind of gun culture among millennials and Generation Z.
Newsy / Kevin ClancyU.S.

Young Guns

19-year-old Daniel Harris talks with Newsy's Zach Toombs about guns at the 2018 NRA Annual Meetings.
Newsy / Kevin ClancyPolitics

Young Guns (Trailer)

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
Newsy / Getty ImagesPolitics

Could US Post Offices Become Banks? Here's How The Plan Would Work

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

Revolt: When It Rains

YECA member Shannon Farmer joins the Climate March in Washington, D.C.
Newsy / Kevin ClancySci/Health

Young Evangelicals Are Pushing For Climate Action

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 Clancy 

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?