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Zenger Hires Famed BuzzFeed Quiz Contributor, Rachel McMahon

Zenger Hires Famed BuzzFeed Quiz Contributor, Rachel McMahon

December 23, 2020
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Washington, D.C. – Zenger News, the world’s first digitally native news wire, owned and operated by journalists, announced today that it has hired famed Buzzfeed quiz contributor and Grand Rapids local, Rachel McMahon, as Zenger’s new Quiz Master. Known in the quiz writing world for concocting whacky original quizzes that drive incredible interest and engagement, the 20-year-old will author Zenger’s “Smarter News Quiz.”

The ‘Smarter News Quiz,’ is a quiz for serious people who like to have a little fun on the side. Created with the posh and playfulness of the NYT crossword in mind, themes test a broad range of knowledge, topics are ripped from the headlines and peppered with quirky and shocking nuggets and challenging content. Learn more at

“I love writing and taking quizzes. It is truly incredible to do this for a living and I am so thrilled to be working with Zenger to write their ‘Smarter News Quiz’,” said Rachel McMahon, Zenger Quizmaster. “The idea is for the user to take the 10-question quiz and show their ‘news chops.’ I’m pulling from current events, key dates, and fun topics. But don’t be fooled, the quiz is tough and only 3% of users have beat it on their first try.” McMahon concluded.

McMahon is best known for her moment in the “social media spotlight,” when Buzzfeed began publishing and promoting more than 600 of her quizzes and her brand went viral. McMahon’s quizzes drove Buzzfeed’s revenue in 2018, gaining her notoriety in the digital media world and led to the publishing of her first book, “What Kind of Quiz Book Are You?”

“We are delighted to announce Rachel as our Quizmaster,” said Rich Miniter, Zenger CEO. “Quizzes like the one Rachel is writing, is an example of the fun and savvy content experience we aim to provide our audience. Rachel brings so much talent and creativity to the Smarter News Quiz and we are thrilled to welcome her aboard.”

About Zenger News: Zenger is the world’s first digitally native wire service, owned and operated by journalists. Zenger aims to restore trust in news and to reward journalists and news outlets in a new way for producing stories that inform, entertain, and hold leaders and institutions accountable. Learn more at


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