Richard Zombeck Richard Zombeck is a freelance writer and podcaster at T&Z Talk.

As a contributing blogger to Huffington Post and www.samuel-warde.com/ he writes mostly about social, consumer, and political issues. Zombeck is also a contributor to T&Z Talk, a podcast with co-host Tony Trupiano. Zombeck’s writing career started as a dare and out of desperation. A professor, after having read one of his papers out loud to the class, cursed him by suggesting that he pursue a writing career. Shortly thereafter he landed his first writing gig as a staff reporter with a North Carolina newspaper, when they were still printed on paper. For five years he covered and wrote about everything and anything that came across his desk: school boards, cops, murders, drug busts, fires, tattoo artists, doll house hobbyists, elections, giant turtles known as “Cooters” and the 90-year-olds named “Pearly” that catch them – His articles were regularly picked up and published nationally by the Associated Press. As a result of an unnatural fascination with technology and a living wage he turned to technical writing. For nearly 15 years he cranked out technical manuals, how-to instructions, created step-by-step online videos, and wrote software and app reviews for Adobe Systems, Inuit, and Bitstream. Having worked in restaurants, tech support, and as a reporter, Zombeck has developed and cultivated a cynical view when it comes to human nature and behavior. You can see more at T&Z Talk

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