Zach Stafford

Zach Stafford is an award-winning journalist who currently serves as editor-at-large of BuzzFeed and co-host of the daily news podcast News O’Clock. Zach regularly provides commentary on television and has appeared on the BBC, CNN and The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. He’s based in New York City.


What was your favorite book when you were a child?

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

What’s your favorite line from a book?

“She’s sensitive, too. Takes to hurt the way water takes to paper.”― Junot Díaz, This Is How You Lose Her

Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?

James Baldwin, Ocean Vuong, Audre Lorde

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

I felt like I didn’t see my story—or the stories of those I loved—represented.

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

Invest in yourself.