Grist (magazine)

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Type of site
Online magazine
OwnerGrist Magazine, Inc.
Created byChip Giller
LaunchedApril 1999

Grist (originally Grist Magazine; also referred to as is an American non-profit online magazine founded in 1999 that publishes environmental news and commentary.[1] Grist's tagline is "Climate. Justice. Solutions."[2] Grist is headquartered in Seattle, Washington, and has about 50 writers and employees. Its CEO is former state representative Brady Walkinshaw.[3]


Grist offers reporting, interviews, opinion pieces, daily news, book reviews, food and agricultural coverage, and green advice. Its stated mission is "show that a just and sustainable future is within reach."[2]

Regular features include "Ask Umbra," an environmental advice column by Umbra Fisk. Grist also summarizes the day's environmentally related news events in daily and weekly email newsletters.

Main writers previously included David Roberts, Lisa Hymas, and Sarah Goodyear.[4]


Chip Giller is the founder and former president of Grist. Giller received the Heinz Award for founding Grist in 2009.[5] In 2004, he received the Jane Bagley Lehman Award for Excellence in Public Advocacy, from the Tides Foundation in recognition of the role Grist is playing in increasing environmental awareness.[6] Giller took first place in the 2001 AlterNet New Media Hero contest for his work on Grist[7] and was one of five finalists for the Environmental Grantmakers Association's 2002 "Environmental Messenger of the Year Award." Giller was previously the editor of Greenwire, the first environmental news daily, and a reporter for High Country News, a biweekly newspaper covering Western environmental issues.[citation needed]

Brady Walkinshaw, a former state representative from Seattle, was hired as Grist's CEO in March 2017. Walkinshaw unsuccessfully campaigned to represent the Washington's 7th congressional district in 2016 on a platform of controlling carbon emissions, among issues.[3][8]


Grist is registered as a non-profit 501C3 business entity.[9] For fiscal year 2011, Grist reported revenues of $3,700,490, expenses of $3,022,290, and total assets of $2,028,447.[10][11]


  • Winner of 2020 Best Consumer Website by Folio (magazine)[12]
  • Two Grist journalists - Shannon Osaka and Zoya Teirstein - were selected as 2020 SEAL Environmental Journalism Award winners.[13]
  • Winner of 2018 Best Consumer Website by Folio (magazine)[14]
  • Winner of 2010 "Best of The Web" Award by Seattle Weekly for "Seattle's Best Online Presence - Environment/Green"[15]
  • Silver medal 2008 Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPYs). For the book "Wake Up and Smell the Planet"[16]
  • Winner of 2006 National Conservation Achievement Award from the National Wildlife Federation
  • Winner of 2006 Webby People's Voice Award for best online magazine
  • Winner of 2005 Utne Independent Press Award for online political coverage
  • Winner of 2005 Webby People's Voice Award for best online magazine
  • Nominated for a 2004 Utne Independent Press Award for online political coverage
  • Winner of 2003 Utne Independent Press Award for online political coverage[17]
  • Winner of 2001 AlterNet New Media Hero contest [7]
  • Society of Environmental Journalists named Grist a finalist for outstanding online coverage in the 1st Annual Awards for Reporting on the Environment
  • Selected as "Cool Site of the Day" on November 18, 2004[18]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Norman, Brett (January 4, 2011). "Grist". News Startups Guide. Columbia Journalism Review.
  2. ^ a b Walkinshaw, Brady Piñero (March 17, 2021). "With a new look, Grist recommits to climate, justice, and solutions". Grist. Retrieved March 18, 2021.
  3. ^ a b Stewart, Ashley (March 7, 2017). "Former state lawmaker, congressional candidate Brady Walkinshaw named Grist CEO". Puget Sound Business Journal. Retrieved March 12, 2017.
  4. ^ "Staff Bios". Grist. Archived from the original on September 7, 2014.
  5. ^ "Chip Giller". The Heinz Awards. November 27, 2009. Retrieved December 5, 2012.
  6. ^ "Previous Winners". Tides Foundation. Archived from the original on May 8, 2012. Retrieved December 5, 2012.
  7. ^ a b "AlterNet's "New Media Heroes" Usher in Post-Dot-com Era". Alternet. February 21, 2001. Archived from the original on October 17, 2013. Retrieved December 5, 2012.
  8. ^ Connelly, Joel (March 8, 2017). "Brady Walkinshaw leaves politics to take on the Grist of journalism". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved March 12, 2017.
  9. ^ "Charities: Charitable Solicitations Program Charity Profile Report". September 30, 2011. Retrieved April 17, 2013.
  10. ^ "Charity Navigator Rating - GRIST". Retrieved April 17, 2013.
  11. ^ "Grist Magazine - Charity Reports -". Retrieved April 17, 2013.
  12. ^ "2020 Eddie and Ozzie Winners".
  13. ^ "Twelve Journalists Recognized As 2020 SEAL Environmental Journalism Award Winners". Seal Awards. Jacob Tyler. February 17, 2021. Retrieved March 15, 2021.
  14. ^ "2018 Eddie and Ozzie Winners".
  15. ^ Zibby Wilder (June 2, 2010). "And the Winners Are... - Page 1 - News - Seattle". Seattle Weekly. Retrieved December 5, 2012.
  16. ^ "THE Voice of the Independent Publishing Industry". Independent Publisher. Retrieved December 5, 2012.
  17. ^ "Winners of the 2003 Utne Independent Press Awards". Retrieved December 5, 2012.
  18. ^ "Still Cool Archive". Cool Site of the Day. Archived from the original on December 5, 2012. Retrieved December 5, 2012.

Further reading[edit]

  • Roston, Eric (April 17, 2008). "Grist". The Environment. Time.

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