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Zach Patton

Executive Editor

Zach Patton -- Executive Editor. Zach joined GOVERNING as a staff writer in 2004. He received the 2011 Jesse H. Neal Award for Outstanding Journalism for his GOVERNING story on economic cutbacks in Colorado Springs. He has served as an editor since 2010, and as Executive Editor since 2012.

Photos and musings from our photographer.
Every year, people build a city solely for the event, then take it down a week later.
The annual gathering is a radical experiment in urban design that rebuilds itself in the desert every year -- with the help of its residents.
Photos and musings from our photographer.
The attack, which killed nearly a dozen municipal employees in my hometown, is a reminder that mass shootings can happen anywhere.
The state has made a number of key reforms to streamline its recruiting and hiring. One big change? Using plain English.
Former Maryland Gov. and Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley and former Indianapolis Mayor Steven Goldsmith talk about how tech can change the public sector.
After making racist, anti-Semitic or homophobic comments, elected officials often stay in office, either by apologizing or attacking their opponents. But public servants may have a harder time keeping their jobs.