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Zach Merchant | Reporter

Zach covers everything from national politics to community events.
Credit: WUSA9

WASHINGTON — Zach Merchant is a general assignment reporter for WUSA9 in Washington, D.C. He joined the station in 2020 where he covers everything from national politics to community events.

Prior to his time at WUSA9, he spent three years as a reporter and fill-in anchor at 13WMAZ in Georgia. While there, he spearheaded the station’s investigative unit.

His investigations exposed plummeting police hiring standards across the state, uncovered an athletic scholarship scam targeting high school students, and pushed a major hospital to be transparent with its number of COVID-19 inpatients. He revealed lax oversight of criminal arrest warrant service at the region’s largest law enforcement agency and shined a spotlight on a troubled VA hospital.

His work earned two Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for investigative reporting and inspired a bill introduced in the Georgia state legislature.

Zach is a graduate of Tufts University and can be reached at zmerchant@wusa9.com