The Daniel Island News is excited to welcome Zach Giroux to the paper’s editorial staff as a general assignment reporter. He will also assume copy editing duties.
Zach comes to us after a three-year stint with The Moultrie News. He also recently worked as a freelancer for the Island Eye News and The Island Connection. In those roles he covered city and town council news in Mount Pleasant, Isle of Palms and Sullivan’s Island and Kiawah and Seabrook islands. He also served as copy editor at The Moultrie News, contributed features and photography, and won several journalism awards.
Prior to moving to the Charleston area in 2016, Zach was an assistant sports editor and staff writer for the Vermont Cynic, a student newspaper at the University of Vermont.
Zach, who hails from a small northeastern town in the Green Mountain State, earned a degree in English from the University of Vermont and a political science degree from Clemson University. He said he enjoys being a journalist because it “…demands the utmost integrity in the vein of unbiased and balanced reporting regardless of the subject or persons being covered.”
“Zach’s interest in and experience covering local government will be a major asset for the newspaper and our readers, providing insight into the political processes impacting our community. He already jumped in with both feet covering zoning board issues and city council budget decisions in his first two weeks,” said The Daniel Island News editor Boots Gifford. “He also is a good storyteller, such as with this week’s feature on the local health care workers who have been fighting for us on the frontlines of the COVID-19 battle.”
“The most interesting story I’ve ever covered was the dissolved partnership and lease termination of the National Medal of Honor Museum in December 2018 when I was a news reporter at The Moultrie News,” Zach shared. “It was an ongoing melodramatic series of events between Mount Pleasant town officials and the museum’s foundation for the better half of the year.”
Zach likes to play golf for fun. Just be wary if you play a round with him as his favorite golf advice comes from Arnold Palmer “I have a tip that can take 5 strokes off anyone’s golf game. It’s called an eraser.”
Zach’s assignments for The Daniel Island News will be diverse, including city and county government, crime, development, business, education, health and more. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please welcome Zach to the community and pitch him your story ideas! We look forward to holding an in-person meet-and-greet once the pandemic restrictions lift.