In late October, the Trump Org announced it was considering selling the lease to the Trump Hotel D.C. I had thoughts. And today NBC News’s opinion section, Think, published them:
Last week, I contributed articles to Politico and The Daily Beast about, yes, the Trump International Hotel Washington, D.C.:
My 5,550-word look at the Trump Hotel D.C. for Condé Nast Traveler, “Inside the World’s Most Controversial Hotel,” just took top honors for travel news/investigative reporting in the 2018–2019 Society of American Travel Writers Foundation’s Lowell Thomas awards.
Here’s what the judges, faculty members at the University of Missouri School of Journalism, said about the article:
Zach Everson uses the allure of the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., to draw readers into its darker corners where its questionable position in the president’s portfolio is fully explored. The reporter uses the full range of strategies and techniques to show how messy the relationship is between the leader of the free world and a hotel perfectly situated to benefit from his status. What a rare combination of vivid, witty writing and solid investigation this is. Bravo.
Thirty-four other articles were entered in that category. The competition is open to all North American journalists.
The awards, recognized as the most prestigious in travel journalism, were announced Oct. 21 in El Paso, Texas. They are named for Lowell Thomas, a broadcast journalist and author.
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.
As part of its annual new establishment spread, last week Vanity Fair published my feature on, yes, the Trump Hotel D.C.:
Last week The New York Times (twice) and The New Yorker referenced 1100 Pennsylvania’s reporting on how Donald Trump is profiting from his presidency. Additionally, I joined MSNBC’s The Beat with Ari Melber on Wednesday and Friday to discuss the topic.
- “‘Business as Normal’: Pence’s Stay at Trump Hotel in Ireland Follows a Trend” by Maggie Haberman and Eric Lipton for The New York Times
- “Trump’s Plan to Host the G-7 Revives the Issue of Emoluments” by Jeffrey Toobin for The New Yorker
- “Checking In at Trump Hotels, for Kinship (and Maybe Some Sway)” by Eric Lipton and Annie Karni for The New York Times
Update Sept. 13, 2019 6:20 p.m.: Yesterday, The Washington Post also cited 1100 Pennsylvania’s reporting in “A nonprofit paid to rent Trump’s D.C. hotel ballrooms. Its headliners: Pence and Pompeo” by David Fahrenthold
“Swamp thing: Meet the man tracking what smells fishy At Trump’s D.C. hotel” by Suzanne Rowan Kelleher for Forbes
“The lobbyist: Reporter Zach Everson covers Trump from the ground floor of his hotel” by Rob Crilly for The Washington Examiner
Along with Ilya Marritz of WNYC and Justin Elliott of ProPublica, I reported and wrote “Romanian Prime Minister Is Staying at Trump’s D.C. Hotel” for Trump, Inc.
The FBI and the General Services Administration—the federal agency responsible for managing government properties—are having a bit of a real estate problem. I spoke with Tanzina Vega, host of PRI and WNYC’s The Takeaway, about it:
Cindy Yang’s boss at the Asian GOP, Cliff Zhonggang Li, told me he learned only last week that she was allegedly selling Chinese businessmen access to Trump World.
It’s an account that differs widely from what he told other outlets.