Biography


G. Pascal Zachary is a journalist, author and teacher. He is a professor of practice at Arizona State University, with a shared appointment between the Consortium for Science Policy & Outcomes (http:/​/​www.cspo.org/​about/​people/​g-pascal-gregg-zachary.htm) and the Cronkite School of Journalism.
Zachary continues to publish journalism. He writes a blog on African affairs (africaworksgpz.com) and contributes regularly to Spectrum magazine on the politics of science and technology. His latest book, a collection of essays, is "Hotel Africa: the politics of escape."

Zachary spent 13 years as a senior writer for The Wall Street Journal (1989 to 2001) and authored the Ping column on innovation for The New York Times from 2007 to 2008. He regularly contributes comments on current affairs to radio programs in the U.S., Britain and Africa. He has been interviewed by BBC, NPR's Marketplace, and Pacifica's KPFK (Los Angeles). He is a member of the Board of Editors of In These Times.


At The Wall Street Journal, Zachary wrote more than 80 page-one articles and in the year 2000 was described by The Boston Globe as “the single most interesting journalist of all the [Journal’s] 700-plus highly-talented reporters.” Prior to working at the Journal, Zachary worked at the San Jose Mercury News and at alternative weekly newspapers, including the Willamette Week of Portland, Oregon, the worker-owned News & Review of Santa Barbara, California and the Berkeley Barb, where he was a member of the last staff of this legendary weekly newspaper. He also worked as a writer and editor for Time Inc.'s Business 2.0 magazine.

Zachary is the author of four books: “Showstopper,” about the making of the Windows NT computer program (1994); “Endless Frontier,” the biography of Vannevar Bush, organizer of the Manhattan Project and architect of the partnership between science and the military during World War Two (1997); “The Diversity Advantage: Multicultural Identity in the New World Economy” (2000; revised, 2003); and "Married to Africa: a love story" (2009).

An enthusiastic review of Zachary's intellectual trajectory was published by The Atlantic Monthly: http:/​/​www.theatlantic.com/​past/​issues/​2000/​11/​pang.htm


Books by Zachary

Current Affairs
a literate and intensely-reported introduction to contemporary Africa
World Affairs
"Zachary approaches the subject with an enormous amount of research and firsthand reporting."
--The New York Times
Biography
"Deeply informed and insightful, Zachary has thoroughly captured the spirit of Bush and his times."
--New York Times Book Review
Computers, technology and society
"Riveting"
--Harvard Business Review
"Gripping"
--Fortune
"Compelling"
--Newsweek