Zach Fannin is a freelance producer, editor and cameraperson who has worked for PBS NewsHour, Al Jazeera, Vice News, Vocativ/MSNBC, News Corp, Bloomberg TV and The Daily Beast. Prior to his freelance work, he was a producer and editor at ABC News for close to a decade, working primarily for the flagship evening news show, World News Tonight. At ABC, Fannin was the recipient of both an Edward R. Murrow Award and an Alfred I. duPont Award.
Since 2012, he has chosen an entrepreneurial path towards journalism, reporting on international stories not usually covered by U.S. news organizations. Fannin has been able to create work entirely on his own, pitching, developing, producing, shooting, editing, and writing. He was the first American journalist to raise questions about a series of extrajudicial killings of Muslim clerics in Kenya and he reported exclusively on a Kenyan human rights document that detailed abuse of ethnic Somalis across Kenya. Subsequent to his reporting, this document was released publicly.
He has embedded with Nigeria’s army in its fight against Boko Haram and with Kenya’s militarized police as they fought to curb radicalism in the coastal city of Mombasa. He has created video reports from southern Russia, including conflict zones in Chechnya and Dagestan. He has reported from 11 countries in the past three years.