Laughing in the Herald-Tribune newsroom. Photo by Carlos Munoz

Zach Murdock deciphers and explains city and county government for the Herald-Tribune Media Group in Sarasota, Fla.

Born and raised in Kansas City, he was introduced to the South in 2013 after graduating from the Missouri School of Journalism and landing his first reporting job for The Island Packet newspaper in Hilton Head Island, S.C. There he covered politics, traffic improvements, ailing marine animals and the occasional intersection of all three.

Now he is mostly preoccupied by the plan to build a new Atlanta Braves spring training complex in North Port, local efforts to combat chronic homelessness and the ongoing legal battle over how to nourish starved beaches on Lido Key.

His reporting has been honored by the Florida chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and the South Carolina Press Association.

Ask him about the time he drank Yuenglings with Sir Nick Faldo or helped break up a fist fight outside a zoning hearing when the owner of a flea market threatened to convert it into a strip club (Spoiler: He later bought tigers and turned it into a zoo).

Or just check out a selection of his work on this site and find a way to connect with him.