Zach Schonbrun is a sports reporter and graduate of Syracuse University (2009) and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism (2011). He writes regularly for The New York Times, covering New York professional and college sports. His work has also appeared in ESPN the Magazine,Newsday, The Miami Herald, The Washington Post and Yahoo! Sports, among other publications.
Zach has covered the World Series, the NBA postseason, the NCAA men's basketball and Big East tournaments, the NFL draft, the MLB All-Star Game and the New York City Marathon for the Times, as well as regularly contributing coverage of the Yankees and Mets, Giants and Jets, Knicks and Nets, and New York's college teams.
Zach grew up in Greenfield, Mass., a small town north of Springfield where not playing Little League or Y.M.C.A. basketball was considered practically sacrilegious. As a sophomore at Syracuse, while a staff writer at the Daily Orange, Zach broke the story about a Syracuse women’s basketball player’s pregnancy during the season, which later made the “Inside Sports” section of Sports Illustrated and was mentioned in a piece on ESPN’s “Outside the Lines”.
He also covered the Tampa Bay Rays and Philadelphia Phillies for MLB.com and interned at ESPN and NBC Sports.
Zach received a B.A. in Economics from Syracuse in 2009 and an M.S. in Journalism from Columbia in 2011. He lives in New York City.