Andy Zahn

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Andy Zahn is a freelance writer for with over a decade of experience writing about technology, consumer products, and the outdoors.

  • Andy has written for The Balance since February 2021.
  • He attended Lower Columbia College.
  • His work has appeared in Lifewire, Seattle Backpackers Magazine, newspapers such as The Daily News, and his blog, Illuminations from the Attic.


Andy has been writing professionally since 2010 on a variety of topics, focusing on technology, consumer products, and the outdoors. He has experience testing and reviewing a wide range of tech from cameras and laptop computers to headphones and hiking gear. He is also a professional photographer and videographer and frequently uses those skills to help local environmental charity organizations.

Andy’s work has appeared in Lifewire, Seattle Backpackers Magazine, The Daily News, and his own blog Illuminations From The Attic, as well as a Youtube channel by the same name.


Andy attended Lower Columbia College where he studied photography, graphic design, and English.

Awards and Publications:

  • First place DJI Autumn video contest 2018
  • National Forest Foundation Annual Photo Contest Winner 2019
  • First Place UST Freeze Frame Photo Contest 2017
  • Second Place Friends of Willapa National Wildlife Refuge Photo Contest 2014
  • Young Journalist Program award winner, The Daily News 2010

About The Balance

The Balance, a Dotdash Meredith brand, makes money easy to understand. We give people tools they need to not only make smart financial decisions but also prepare for the experiences they will have along the way. Our team of expert writers and editors have extensive qualifications in the topics they cover, and many of them have MBAs, PhDs, CFPs, and other advanced degrees and professional certifications. We require our writers to use primary sources in their articles, which are also approved by our Financial Review Board and fact-checked. You can learn more about the standards we follow in producing accurate, unbiased content in our editorial policy.

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