My name is Zack. I am



Hey there.

My name is Zack Stanton. This is me, circa 1986, in a star-spangled jumpsuit. It’s a timeless look, really.

I’m a writer, reader, digital strategist, social media junkie, Michigander-turned-DC resident, and otherwise curious mind. My interests are pulled from an expansive breadth, and I hope to use this site as a place to explore my curiosity — both by sharing my own thoughts (as published here or elsewhere) and the most interesting things I come across on the infotainment turnpike.


What I do

I’m the digital editor of Politico Magazine, an outlet that explores the ideas, people, history, and trends that shape our politics.

That means I do a few things: edit articles, develop story ideas and work with writers to hone them, increase our digital footprint by reaching new audiences and using new platforms, and work to improve how the magazine tells stories online.

Also, on occasion, I write about the stories, people, and places I find most interesting.

It’s a good fit for me.


The world of politics

Bitten by the political bug at an early age (my middle school email address was a reference to Adlai Stevenson), I served as a congressional page while in high school (I was there during the 9/11 attacks, Anthrax scares, and a bunch of other historic moments). Since then, I’ve worked as a staffer, media consultant, and as speechwriter for the chairman of the House Ways & Means committee. I was also elected to city council in the Michigan small town of my youth; a unique honor, albeit an office that was sometimes frustrating.

I still have a great fascination with politics and its intersections with culture, design, and storytelling.

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Some stories that interest me


Digital Publishing

How to create lasting value in an age of charisma-fueled startups and fickle users.

American Fissures

The freedom movements of 50 years ago, their present-day inheritors.

American immigration

E pluribus unum, and all that fun stuff.

Longform digital

Online storytelling done well.

Detroit

Right now, it’s the most interesting city in the Western world.

Early-onset nostalgia

I’m fond of Urkel. In that way, I'm like my generation.

Social Media

The evolution and ubiquity of social media.

A 2000 murder

A high schooler's murder in my smalltown 15 years ago.

Allan Sherman

The forgotten celebrity who reigned over 1962–63.

Interested in any of these stories (or in something else entirely)?
Drop me a note:
zack@zackstanton.com