Aug 22 2006

G. Pascal Zachary


G. Pascal Zachary, editor of Africa Works, is a writer, teacher and researcher. He writes often on African affairs; science, technology and society; globalization, migration and identity; political economy and international security. He is a professor of practice at Arizona State University, in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism ( in Phoenix and the Consortium for Science Policy & Outcomes ( in Tempe.

From 1989 to 2001, Zachary was a senior writer for The Wall Street Journal, where he worked first from the San Francisco bureau covering Silicon Valley, innovation and the U.S. economy and then as a foreign correspondent based in London. He launched the “Ping” column on innovation in The New York Times in 2007 and this November launched “The Scientific Estate” series for IEEE’s Spectrum. He is the author of four books, including “The Diversity Advantage: Multicultural Identity in the New World Economy” (2003) and “Endless Frontier: Vannevar Bush, Engineer of the American Century” (1997). In 2009, Scribner published Zachary’s memoir, “Married to Africa: a love story.”

Zachary was born in Brooklyn and raised on Long Island. He studies philosophy at the University of Albany and moved to northern California in 1978, where he joined the last staff of the Berkeley Barb, a dissenting weekly. He joined the Santa Barbara News & Review, a worker-owned weekly, as a reporter and columnist. He then worked as a writer and editor for Williamette Week (Portland, Ore.). He also worked at the San Jose Mercury News and Time Inc.’s Business 2.0 magazine. For 30 years, he has published articles in many newspapers, magazines and journals, including Foreign Policy, Fortune, In These Times, Mother Jones, Project Syndicate, The New Republic, Wilson Quarterly and Wired.

Zachary has taught writing and journalism at Stanford University and the University of California at Berkeley. Since 2000, he has visited sub-Saharan Africa more than 30 times. He has been interviewed on Africa by the BBC, CNN, Marketplace, Voice of America and other radio outlets. An appreciative review of Zachary’s intellectual and literary concerns was published by The Atlantic Monthly.

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