Blog | Zach Everson

The Daily Beast publishes my scoop on a pro-Cyprus group hoping to influence President Trump and booking the Trump Hotel D.C.

“A delegation from the country of Cyprus was looking for ways to influence the Trump administration when it came to Washington D.C. in late May. And so, it did what many savvy influence-peddlers in the nation’s capital would do. It booked its conference in the president’s hotel.”

Read the article at

“Delegation From Mueller-Scrutinized Cyprus Gets Sweet Deal at Trump’s D.C. Hotel”


‘Condé Nast Traveler’ publishes my deep dive into the Trump International Hotel Washington, D.C.

Conde Nast Traveler Trump International Hotel Washington, DCToday Condé Nast Traveler published my months-in-the-making 5,500-word article on the Trump International Hotel, Washington, D.C.

“Inside the World’s Most Controversial Hotel”

In New York City last spring, I met with Laura Redman, one of my editors at Condé Nast Traveler. In the magazine’s 33rd floor office in One World Trade Center with a brilliant view of Lower Manhattan, Laura asked what the buzz was travel-wise in D.C. My answer would’ve worked for just about any subject area though: Trump. Just a few months into the president’s term, the new Trump International Hotel Washington, D.C. had become a hot spot for like-minded political powerbrokers. And Trump’s ownership of it already had led to a watchdog group suing him for allegedly violating the Constitution’s emoluments clauses.

Also, Trump was engaged in two lawsuits with high-profile chefs who’d backed out of opening restaurants there after then-candidate Trump denigrated Mexicans on the campaign trail. While I’d covered the hotel’s opening for Fox News, I wanted to delve into those issues and research other ones that hadn’t received as much media attention—including security and what is it like to actually stay there. You know, because it’s a hotel.

A lot happened between when the piece was assigned and today. I saw Trump in the hotel. And the D.C. and Maryland attorneys general sued over emoluments concerns. And about 200 Senators and Congressmen sued over emoluments concerns. And and and…with so many issues surrounding it, many that haven’t yet been fully detailed, the Trump Hotel D.C. could merit its own vertical (hint, hint assigning editors).

Thanks to everyone at Condé Nast Traveler who worked  on the article, especially Pilar Guzmán, Laura Redman, Brad Rickman, and Alex Postman for their insightful edits, and Luke Zaleski and Carey Dunne for helpful queries and a thorough fact check. Thanks also to everyone who made time to speak with me or pass along tips for the piece.

And if 5,550 words isn’t enough for you on the doings at the Trump Hotel DC, follow me on Twitter: I’ve found

Muckrock notices what I’ve been working on recently

From Muckrock’s “FOIAing the Trump Administration: The difficult task of tracking how Trump is profiting from the presidency“:

An ongoing project by independent journalist Zach Everson shows how diligent effort can produce the granular information needed to make specific requests related to Trump’s profits. Everson combs social media for noteworthy visits to Trump International Hotel in DC and compiles them into a Twitter thread. So far, he has identified 86 instances of federal government employees visiting the hotel and filed FOIA requests to see if they used government funds.

Fodor’s 2017 Washington, D.C. guide book released yesterday; Where to Eat chapter updated by me

Fodor's Washington, D.C.: with Mount Vernon, Alexandria & AnnapolisNever mind Hillary’s memoir, yesterday’s top book release was Fodor’s 2017 Washington, D.C. guide book (you want to eat crap?). I updated its Where to Eat section. Buy it now at fine book stores or Amazon. Thanks!

For this project, I

  • determined 150 restaurants worthy of inclusion
  • wrote reviews for restaurants new to the guide
  • updated reviews of restaurants that’d been in the previous versions and verified their accuracy
  • determined the top 15 percent of restaurants worthy of the Fodor’s Choice honor
  • wrote and revised the introduction to the chapter and descriptions of each neighborhood
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