On today’s episode, we’re joined by Zach Wichter. Zach is a consumer travel reporter at USA Today covering travel, primarily writing about and focusing on airlines and aviation.
During the episode, Zach talks about his process for responding to pitches, the best way to approach him with embargoes, how he’s built close relationships with sources, and more.
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Kate Davis, Fast Co.
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Jay Peters, The Verge
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Teddy Amenabar, The Washington Post
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Miriam Cross, American Banker
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Allie Garfinkle, Yahoo! Finance
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Jessica Bursztynsky, Fast Co.
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