Zack Harold


Professional Experience

If I have one superpower, it's curiosity. That's what got me into journalism. Now, nearly a decade later, my love for picking the brains of interesting people has only intensified. I'm as comfortable taking on an investigation of a government agency as I am writing an in-depth profile of a small-town artisan. My favorite thing to do, however, is take a "boring" topic and spin it into a gripping story.


7 Years
3 Years


2 Years
4 Years
7 Years


Newspaper - Local/Regional
5 Years
Magazine - Local/Regional magazines
2 Years

Total Media Industry Experience

7 Years

Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

Charleston Daily Mail (10+), New South Media, Inc. (10+)

Technical Skills

Writing, copy editing, photography, videography, video editing

Computer Skills

Wordpress, HTML, CSS, Adobe Creative Suite


MacBook Pro Nikon D3200 Adobe Premiere Elements Tascam DR-40 (audio recorder) and mics


Nanya Friend Former editor and publisher, Charleston Daily Mail 304.382.6393 Brad McElhinny Former co-editor, The Charleston Gazette-Mail 304.549.1289 Billy Wolfe Former city editor, life editor, Charleston Daily Mail 304.543.0858



Danny Jones has worked as a bartender, bouncer, cook, waiter, gravedigger, bottled water salesman, restaurant owner, public relations man, county sheriff, state delegate, radio talk show host, and, most importantly, Charleston, West Virginia’s longest-serving mayor. This is a profile I wrote about this colorful local figure.
Boone County is the home of West Virginia’s coal industry and was long the state’s leading coal producer. But when the industry suffers, so do the people of Boone County. This story looks at the people who are being affected by one of the major economic stories of our time—our nation's shift away from traditional fossil fuels to cleaner alternatives.
The owners of the Charleston Gazette and Charleston Daily Mail unceremoniously merged the publications on the day a federal court order against the Gazette expired. The decision shocked the newspapers' hometown, and threw the respective newsrooms into turmoil.