Zack Newman is an Investigative Data Producer within 9Wants to Know, 9NEWS' Investigative Unit, in Denver, Colorado.
Newman uses open records laws to obtain and analyze public data to identify systematic problems. He also acts as an off-air reporter, pursuing long and short-term stories for 9NEWS. He is passionate about elevating underserved voices in all realms, especially on the topics of education, environment, ethics and the criminal justice system. Please reach out, he’s always open to learning about whatever you’re passionate about and what you think is missing from our coverage. Newman won a 2020 national Edward R. Murrow Award for his data work on a story about taxpayer dollars being used to distribute Vivitrol, a opioid treatment drug, to inmates despite cheaper options available.
The Eagle Scout’s work has reached national audiences via MSNBC, ABC News, NBC News, CBS News, Fox News and ESPNU Campus Connection. He went to 9NEWS most recently from MSNBC in New York where he was an anchor producer for “MSNBC Weekend.” He was responsible for fact-checking statistics and assembling research reports used in national broadcasts. Newman also produced various deep-dive segments to explain the nuances of the news cycle.
He also volunteered as the investigative field producer for the documentary “Sky Blossom,” which profiled the selflessness of military caregivers across the country for three years.
Before that, Newman was an investigative fellow in ABC News’ unit. He helped produce both long-term projects and breaking news with his knowledge of public records, ranging from real estate to campaign donations. One of these projects aired on “20/20.” He spent months coordinating efforts to acquire criminal and court records from 30 major American cities. Through Freedom of Information Act requests, he discovered inconsistent national tracking of alleged criminals on ankle bracelet monitors, and documented the continued risk they may commit additional crimes. Newman won a national 2016 Sigma Delta Chi Award from the Society of Professional Journalists while a member of the CBS Radio team that produced the radio documentary “America Works.”
Newman has been nominated for a regional Emmy eight times and has won once. The winning investigation focused on the government’s confusing approach to giving cash to nursing homes that also broke the rules during the COVID-19 pandemic. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in convergence journalism from the University of Missouri.
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