Zach Wichter used to be terrified of flying, but long ago overcame those fears and is now an aviation industry reporter at The Points Guy. He faced his anxiety by obsessively learning about planes and the airline industry, and now enjoys both flying and sharing his passion with others (he also loves trains and ships and may try to sneak in some different kinds of stories when nobody is looking). Zach was previously a senior news assistant at The New York Times and spent much of his time there covering the aviation industry. He won a 2019 first quarter Publisher's Award for his contributions to The Times' reporting on the ongoing 737 Max crisis at Boeing. Before joining The Gray Lady, Zach worked in production at Dateline NBC and wrote anchor copy for NY1. He grew up in Bethpage, on Long Island, and received a Bachelor of Science in journalism, with a double major in gender and sexuality studies, from Northwestern University in 2013. Zach also enjoys rock climbing, snowboarding, and going to the beach.