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I am a writer. Specifically, a reporter. More specifically, a general assignment feature writer for The Washington Post. I've written from Hollywood, Baghdad, Newtownthe Mississippi Delta, the middle of the Pacific Ocean, and the inside of the Cowboy Poet's mind. I'm also the author of a non-fiction book about nuclear weapons titled "Almighty," which is based on this story.

I'm from Buffalo, N.Y. I was born in 1983. I started working for newspapers in 1998, and the Post in 2005. In 2015 I was a grantee for the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, for which I produced a series of articles on the nuclear history of — and environmental peril in — the Republic of the Marshall Islands.

Here is what readers and online commenters say about me and my work: 

"Dan Zak is a silly little smart alec ... in over his head, ill-prepared and rude ... You make me sick with your haughty little column. You probably have no friends either. ... Another step in the degradation of American journalism."