Zachary Pincus-Roth is the pop culture editor at The Washington Post. He was previously deputy editor at L.A. Weekly, overseeing all arts & culture coverage. He has written about arts, entertainment, business, and technology for The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, WSJ Magazine, Slate, Los Angeles Magazine, Newsday, Entertainment Weekly, The New Republic, The Onion, McSweeney's, and other publications, and has appeared on NPR’s “On the Media.” He has worked as a staff writer at Variety and Playbill.com and was a Jerome Foundation Affiliated Writer at American Theatre magazine. He also wrote the official companion book to the hit Broadway musical “Avenue Q,” published by Hyperion in 2006. He also wrote for the inaugural Louis Vuitton Los Angeles City Guide, published in in 2009.
Zach served as a Tony Awards voter and was appointed to the nominating committee for the Lucille Lortel Awards. He teaches journalism at Loyola Marymount University and has taught creative nonfiction at the University of Virginia Young Writers Workshop, and has been a guest teacher at the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism and UCLA Extension.
Zach has received several honors from the L.A. Press Club, including runner-up for Journalist of the Year at the 2013 National Entertainment Journalism Awards. He won the Southern California Journalism Award in the print Entertainment News/Feature category in 2013 for his article "Nothing to Hide," about a revolutionary magic show, and in 2015 for his article "Where Television Matters," about how television is spreading social justice messages in India. He also won the Long Non-Celebrity Feature prize at the 2014 National Entertainment Journalism Awards for his article "Everyone Says I Love You," about slash fiction, a form of fan fiction that invents romantic relationships between two straight male television characters. He won a 2010 National Entertainment Journalism Award and a 2010 Southern California Journalism Award for his Slate article entitled “Best Weekend Never,” which questioned why entertainment journalists don't factor in inflation when reporting box office records.
Zach has also performed standup comedy at venues such as the Laugh Factory, Westside Theater, and ComedySportz. He worked as a researcher and writers assistant for the Fox drama series “Lie to Me" and wrote a song for the show entitled “White Lie." He grew up in Chevy Chase, Maryland and graduated from Princeton University.
Please feel free to email Zach at zpincusroth [at] gmail [dot] com