Zacharia E. Washington is currently the News Initiative Fellow at the Texas Observer, working on our community engagement initiative. She is a recent graduate of Huston-Tillotson University, the only HBCU right in the heart of East Austin. She graduated with a degree in Communication with a concentration in journalism and a minor in professional writing. Previously, Zacharia worked at CBS Austin News (KEYE-TV), Austin PBS (KLRU-TV), FloSports, and many more. In August 2021, she will begin her masters program at the University of Texas at Austin to further establish her career as a journalist.