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.
He hosted a community radio show during his years at UVM, but it was actually coursework that motivated him to pursue a career in public radio journalism. As a senior at the university, he carried out a yearlong, ethnographic investigation on surveillance and discipline in an outdoor mall. He won honors for his thesis, but he wasn't entirely satisfied. The final report was too academic – it failed to tell the story in a way that was accessible to most people. So he began translating the paper into radio stories and interviews, which he broadcast on his weekly show on WRUV.
Zach left Burlington in March 2013, when he was accepted into the Transom program. In Woods Hole, he was among an elite group of nine radio producers, learning how to create human-sounding stories under the mentorship of award-winning 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.