NCPR News Staff: Zach Hirsch
Zach Hirsch has a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Vermont. He got his radio training at the Transom Story Workshop in Woods Hole, MA.
As a senior at UVM, Zach carried out a yearlong, ethnographic investigation on the handling of so-called "street people" in downtown Burlington. He won honors for his thesis, but he felt that the final report was too academic. So he made the paper more accessible by translating it into stories and interviews. Those were his first radio pieces.
Zach left Burlington after college for the Transom program. In Woods Hole, he was among an elite group of nine, learning the ropes from award-winning journalists and documentarians. While at the program, he reported on the psychological aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing. His profile of two survivors was at the center of an hour-long discussion on WCAI's The Point. Zach's work has also aired on New Hampshire Public Radio, WFUV in New York, PRX Remix, and HowSound.