Aside from being Princeton alumni and accomplished writers, Zachary Pincus-Roth ’02 and Eve Weston ’01 have another thing in common: They happen to be married to each other.
Although the two overlapped during their years on campus, Weston and Pincus-Roth didn’t connect until 2007, when they were introduced by a mutual friend from Princeton at a networking event in Los Angeles.
Fast-forward eight years, and the two are happily married and recently received first-place recognition from the Los Angeles Press Club for feature pieces they wrote for the alternative newspaper LA Weekly.
Weston won the top prize in the Best Entertainment Commentary/Reviews category for her post, “Does Into the Woods Punish a Wife for Adultery and Not a Husband?” and Pincus-Roth won Best Entertainment Feature for his cover story, “Can TV Save India?” The pair also won third place honors for Best Humor/Satire Writing for a piece they co-wrote, titled “Cards Against Humanity: Los Angeles Edition,” also published in LA Weekly.
“It was my first time winning anything for journalism,” said Weston, a TV writer who has contributed to shows like Better Off Ted, The Megan Mullally Show, and Will & Grace. “I was really excited, it was a real honor to be recognized by talented journalists for my work in a field that’s still new to me.”
Pincus-Roth, the deputy editor overseeing arts and culture coverage at LA Weekly, has won several awards from the LA Press Club in the past, but said that this year’s honor was extra special.
“When I went to India to write the article, Eve came with me and it was really helpful to have her along to help with the interviews, and we did that story together in a way,” he said. “And I was the editor for her story, so it was cool that we both helped each other with these stories … it really felt like they were both group efforts.”
Both are already looking ahead towards new projects — Weston recently completed a new comedy pilot called “The Biz Nest,” which follows freelancers and entrepreneurs who share a co-working space. She’s currently finishing a one-hour dramatic pilot inspired by her time working in investment banking and is performing improv comedy regularly while also managing a toast-writing business on the side.
And Pincus-Roth has his hands full guiding freelancers and overseeing the cultural sections of LA Weekly. He still finds time to write in his spare time. “I like to write about the sort of odd ways that people respond to entertainment,” Pincus-Roth said, who is also currently working on a book proposal.
Weston and Pincus-Roth say their careers stemmed from activities at Princeton — Weston wrote her first screenplay as a part of her senior thesis and Pincus-Roth’s clips from The Daily Princetonian and PAW helped him land an internship at Variety — and both encourage aspiring writers not to be afraid to try new things.
For the record: This post was updated to correct the name of the category for Weston’s LA Press Club award.