Harry Zahn

About Me

I am a multimedia journalist who has worked at the office of U.S. Senator Cory Booker, C-SPAN, MSNBC's Morning Joe and the PBS NewsHour. As a broadcast news assistant, I wrote more than 20 articles (scroll down) that were published on the NewsHour website, including a long-form political think piece. I also recently graduated (May 2016) magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in political science from James Madison University.

Feel free to peruse this site and reach out to me on the contact page.

We have many impressive young people pass through the NewsHour every year in the role of news assistant; I can say with complete confidence that Harry has been in the top ranks of them all.

Judy Woodruff, PBS NewsHour anchor and managing editor

Published articles

Why ‘negative partisanship’ is flipping politics on its head

There were the “Lock her up!” chants that rang through Donald Trump’s campaign rallies, encouraged by the President-elect himself. There was Hillary Clinton’s famous “basket of deplorables” comment and her warning to a reporter: “I’m the last thing standing between you and the apocalypse.” The mudslinging from both sides reached new lows in an election pitting the two most unpopular presidential candidates in modern history. But the negativity on display in the 2016 election – from the candidat
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Baylor and Waco police buried reports of sexual assaults, report says

A “60 Minutes Sports” report on Tuesday uncovered more details of the Baylor University sexual assault case, including an alleged history of Baylor campus police and Waco authorities burying reports of sexual violence. After Baylor’s then-Title IX coordinator, Patty Crawford, attempted to obtain Waco police reports involving alleged sexual assaults on students, she received an email from a university vice president informing her that the Waco police “do not want the actual police reports turned

'Turing’s Law' will pardon thousands of men convicted in UK for being gay

Thousands of gay and bisexual men convicted under Britain’s now-defunct sexual offense laws will be posthumously pardoned. The Ministry of Justice announced the proposed amendment Thursday that would posthumously pardon thousands convicted under those outdated laws. The so-called “Turing’s Law” would also allow those who are living to apply to have their names removed from criminal records. Lord John Sharkey, the man behind the amendment, called the development “momentous” and said that of t

Break out the cigars: Obama lifts restrictions on Cuban products

Rum and cigar aficionados rejoice: American travelers visiting Cuba are no longer limited to $100 worth of Cuban alcohol and tobacco products. The new Obama administration policy directive was announced Friday. It also eases collaboration on medical research between the U.S. and Cuba and lifts restrictions on cargo ship travel between the two nations. “The objective of the new policy is to help the Cuban people to achieve a better future for themselves and to encourage the development of a p

Boko Haram releases 21 kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls. Some 197 are still missing

Twenty-one of the Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram more than two years ago have been released, the president’s spokesman said Thursday. Nigerian presidential spokesman Garba Shehu said on Twitter today that the schoolgirls, kidnapped by the Islamic terrorist organization in 2014, are now in the custody of Nigeria’s Department of State Services. Shehu added that the agency “wants the girls to have some rest, with all of them very tired coming out of the process.” The girls’ relea

Shake shake shake. Planet Mercury may have earthquakes

The hills of Mercury are alive with earthquakes, according to a study published Monday in Nature Geoscience. The diminutive planet joins Earth as the only other known tectonically active planet in the Solar System. “We have to take another look at how rocky planets are evolving,” said Thomas Watters, Smithsonian planetary scientist and study co-author. The discovery was made thanks to NASA’s MESSENGER probe, which orbited the closest planet to the sun from 2011 to 2015. MESSENGER spotted fault

Swedish court upholds warrant for Wikileaks founder Julian Assange on rape charge

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange still has a warrant out for his arrest after a Swedish appeals court upheld a detention order on Friday for a 2010 rape investigation. The Svea Court of Appeal upheld a lower court ruling, saying that, “Assange is still suspected on probable cause of rape …and that there is a risk that he will evade legal proceedings or a penalty.” Swedish authorities issued an arrest warrant for Assange in August 2010, after two female Wikileaks volunteers accused the 45-yea

Volkswagen engineer pleads guilty to conspiracy in emissions scandal

A Volkswagen engineer pleaded guilty to helping the German automaker cheat U.S. emission standards tests and defraud U.S. regulators and customers, the Justice Department announced Friday. Engineer James Robert Liang, 62, is the first person to face criminal charges in connection with the Justice Department’s wide-ranging probe into the company’s manipulation of federal pollution tests. Liang pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy for his decade-long role in developing and concealing a de

3.7 billion-year-old Greenland fossils are oldest yet, scientists say

Scientists have discovered 3.7 billion-year-old fossils entrapped by Greenland’s ice, according to a study published on Wednesday in the journal Nature. The newly discovered remains may represent the oldest known evidence of life on Earth and could guide the search for life on moons or others planets in our solar system, such as Mars. The fossils are stromatolites — sedimentary structures produced by microorganisms — and a team of Australian scientists found them in a western Greenland regio

French court overturns 'burkini ban' laws after public outcry

The controversial ban on “burkinis” — a full-body swimsuit preferred by some Muslim women — has been overturned for the town of Villeneuve-Loubet by France’s highest administrative court. “The emotion and concerns arising from the terrorist attacks, notably the one perpetrated in Nice on July 14, cannot suffice to justify in law the contested prohibition measure,” the Council of State’s ruling stated. “The contested decree has thus brought a serious and manifestly illegal infringement on basic

French mayor of Cannes bans ‘burkini’ swimwear

A beachgoer in Cannes, France, can now be fined and asked to leave the beach if caught wearing a “burkini,” a full-body swimsuit preferred by Muslim women. Cannes mayor David Lisnard said the burkini is a “symbol of Islamic extremism” and might disturb the peace in the wake of Islamist attacks on France, BBC reported. Lisnard’s new official ruling says that “access to beaches and for swimming is banned to any person wearing improper clothes that are not respectful of good morals and seculari