Zachary Pincus-Roth

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Zachary Pincus-Roth
Zachary Pincus-Roth in Ensenada.jpg
Zachary Pincus-Roth in a barbershop in Ensenada, Mexico
Other names Zachary Roth
Occupation entertainment journalist, author, and TV writer
Notable credit(s) Lie to Me; Avenue Q (book)
Relatives Harold Alan Pincus, father

Zachary Pincus-Roth is an American entertainment journalist, author, and TV writer. In January 2016, he joined the Washington Post as pop culture editor. [2]


Pincus-Roth was raised in Chevy Chase, Maryland [3] and attended Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville, Maryland, where he graduated in 1998 and received a Lazarus Leadership Fellowship.[4] At Richard Montgomery he was sports editor, news editor, and editor-in-chief of The Tide and authored an op-ed column entitled "Can I Say One Thing." [5]

He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy from Princeton University in 2002. He wrote his senior thesis on Seinfeld [6] and authored a column in The Daily Princetonian where he opined on the blissful lives of squirrels, [7] unrecognized discrimination, [8] and cultural relativism toward nudity,[9] among other topics. He wrote and acted for the Princeton Triangle Club musical comedy group.[3]


Living in New York City after college, he worked as staff writer for Variety and Playbill, and contributed to other publications including Newsday, the Los Angeles Times, and The New York Times, among others.[3]

In 2006, he authored the companion book to the hit musical Avenue Q.[10][11][12]

His 2010 Slate article "Best Weekend Never" received the National Entertainment Journalism Award for Best Online Feature Article.[13] and the Southern California Journalism Award for Online Entertainment.[14]

While working on the drama Lie To Me in 2010, Pincus-Roth penned the song White Lie [15] sung by Felicia Day.[16]

In 2014, he received a fellowship from the International Center for Journalists through which he published a longform article about the role of television in shaping culture and behavior in India.[17][18]

Before joining the Washington Post, he worked as Arts & Culture Editor for LA Weekly since 2011, and instructor at Loyola Marymount University.[3][11][19][2]


  1. ^ "Eve Weston, Zachary Pincus-Roth". New York Times. 2013-02-16. Retrieved 2014-02-22. 
  2. ^ a b WashPostPR (November 4, 2015). "Zachary Pincus-Roth named pop culture editor". The Washington Post. Washington, DC. Retrieved 10 March 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d New arts and culture editor at LA Weekly Kevin Roderick February 21, 2011 Retrieved November 11, 2012
  4. ^ "B-CC training leaders". Montgomery Gazette. February 19, 1997. Retrieved 2012-12-31. 
  5. ^ "Can I Say One Thing" The Tide October 10, 1997 Retrieved November 14, 2012
  6. ^ Pincus, Roth. "I Am the Morales of My Stand-Up Class". 25 January 2008. Retrieved 12 June 2016. 
  7. ^ Pincus-Roth, Zachary (21 February 2000). "Students should envy squirrel simplicity". Daily Princetonian. Princeton, NJ. Retrieved 12 June 2016. 
  8. ^ Pincus-Roth, Zachary (20 September 2000). "Look Again". Daily Princetonian. Princeton, NJ. Retrieved 12 June 2016. 
  9. ^ [Pincus-Roth, Zachary (2 February 2000). "Sophomores should bend the rules for the right to bare arms (and butts)". Daily Princetonian. Princeton, NJ. Retrieved 12 June 2016. 
  10. ^ "City of Cleveland Heights, OH : Theater - Cain Park" Retrieved November 11, 2012
  11. ^ a b "Zachary Pincus-Roth". LA Weekly. Retrieved 13 June 2015. 
  12. ^ Kim Esser. "A USC Libraries Exploration". USC libraries. Retrieved 12 April 2015. 
  13. ^ "Winners of 2010 National Entertainment Journalism Awards" Los Angeles Press Club, April, 3 2012 Retrieved November 12, 2012
  14. ^ "WWinners of 52nd Annual SoCal Journalism Awards Announced" Los Angeles Press Club, April, 3 2012 Retrieved November 12, 2012
  15. ^ "“White Lie” – Sheet Music and MP3" Lie To Me Scoop, January, 12 2012 Retrieved November 12, 2012
  16. ^ "'Lie to Me' first look: Felicia Day revisits 'Dr. Horrible' triumph", December 10, 2010 Retrieved November 12, 2012
  17. ^ "Meet the 2014 Fellows! Retrieved November 12, 2014
  18. ^ Zachary Pincus-Roth (November 5, 2014). "Can TV Save India?". LA Weekly. Retrieved November 15, 2014. 
  19. ^ LA Weekly Staff Retrieved November 11, 2012