Ryan Grim

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Ryan Grim
Grim in 2009
Born (1978-03-23) March 23, 1978 (age 46)[1]
EducationSt. Mary's College of Maryland (BA)
University of Maryland, College Park (MPP)

Ryan W. Grim (born March 23, 1978)[1] is an American author and journalist. Grim was Washington, D.C. bureau chief for HuffPost and is the Washington, D.C. bureau chief for The Intercept.[2][3] He is also a political commentator for Breaking Points and appears frequently on The Majority Report with Sam Seder.[4][5] His writings have appeared in several publications, including Rolling Stone, The Washington Post, and Politico. He is the author of This Is Your Country on Drugs, We've Got People, and The Squad. He cofounded Strong Arm Press, an independent progressive publishing house.[6][7] Grim and The Federalist editor Emily Jashinsky were the regular Friday hosts of Rising. They resigned in September 2022 and joined Breaking Points, where they host Counterpoints on Wednesdays.[8]

Early life and education[edit]

Grim was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from St. Mary's College of Maryland, and Master of Public Policy from the University of Maryland, College Park.[9][10]


After earning his master's degree, Grim worked as a legislative analyst for the Marijuana Policy Project. He also worked as a stockbroker in New York City.

Grim has written about the history of drug use and drug culture in the United States. He has presented his research on why drugs are popular at certain times in history, and his thoughts on the government's war on drugs. He formerly worked as a junior staffer at the Marijuana Policy Project.

Grim joined HuffPost (then The Huffington Post) in January 2009.[11] In his role heading a team at HuffPost, reporters on the team twice made finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.[11][12] Towards the end of his tenure at HuffPost, significant leadership changes were occurring, sparked by Arianna Huffington's exit.[13] Grim left his position at HuffPost in 2017 after nine years with the paper, joining The Intercept to head their Washington, D.C. bureau.[11]

Following the move to The Intercept, Grim and Alex Lawson established Strong Arm Press, a small imprint printing press. Grim decided to launch the press because he felt that the Trump administration was moving too quickly for the standard publishing cycle, which tends to take around a year to publish a book. He launched Strong Arm Press to accommodate shorter, cheaper, lower-volume books with a shorter publishing turnaround-time. The first title published was Out of the Ooze, a profile of Tom Price which reached Amazon's top 100 list. Books are funded through crowdfunding campaigns.[6] Grim published We've Got People, a history on progressivism and the Democratic Party, through Strong Arm Press in 2019.[14][15]

In early December 2023, Grim co-chaired, with Amy Goodman of Democracy Now!, the Belmarsh Tribunal panel discussion of charges against imprisoned WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and his potential extradition from the U.K. to the U.S. in 2024.[16][17][18]

Noted reporting[edit]

During the Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination, Grim was the first to report that California Senator Dianne Feinstein had received a letter related to Kavanaugh, which was later revealed to be from Christine Blasey Ford alleging that Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted her in high school.[13][19] Grim also reported on former Trump aide Rob Porter's abuse allegations by his ex-wives. He reported early on the 2018 campaign of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.[13]

In 2016, Grim published a blog post in which he questioned FiveThirtyEight's models and predictions for the 2016 United States presidential election. Grim's criticisms were later repudiated by FiveThirtyEight founder Nate Silver, and Grim issued corrections to his original blog post.[20][21][22]

In August 2020, Grim used emails from the University of Massachusetts Amherst chapter of the College Democrats to dismantle an attempt to smear progressive candidate Alex Morse.[23][citation needed]

In 2023, Grim obtained and published a leaked Pakistani cable alleging U.S. State Department pressure on the Pakistani government to remove Prime Minister Imran Khan from office in 2022.[24]


  • This Is Your Country on Drugs: The Secret History of Getting High in America; Publisher: Wiley (June 22, 2009) ISBN 0-470-16739-4.
  • We've Got People: From Jesse Jackson to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the End of Big Money and the Rise of a Movement (May 2019) ISBN 978-1-947492-38-7
  • The Squad: AOC and the Hope of a Political Revolution (December 2023) ISBN 978-1250869074


  1. ^ a b @ryangrim (March 23, 2021). "For my birthday I'm offering my newsletter for free" (Tweet). Retrieved November 28, 2021 – via Twitter.
  2. ^ Farhi, Paul (June 1, 2020). "Intercept's Ryan Grim holds fast on Tara Reade story". The Washington Post. Gale A625416156 – via Cengage.
  3. ^ "Ryan Grim". HuffPost. Archived from the original on March 4, 2020. Retrieved April 9, 2020.
  4. ^ Meet Newest Members Of TYT's Investigative Journalism Team. The Young Turks. January 20, 2017. Archived from the original on February 2, 2017. Retrieved January 20, 2017 – via YouTube.
  5. ^ Johnson, Martin (July 21, 2020). "Grim: Past voting record could make August primary tough for Missouri Rep". The Hill. Retrieved December 21, 2020.
  6. ^ a b Freed, Benjamin (February 21, 2018). "How Can a Small Progressive Publisher Keep Up With the Trump Administration? Via Crowdfunding. And Speed". Washingtonian. Archived from the original on March 2, 2020. Retrieved March 12, 2020.
  7. ^ Silverman, Melissa (August 7, 2017). "Washington Small Presses Make Their Mark". Ploughshares at Emerson College. Archived from the original on March 28, 2019. Retrieved March 11, 2020.
  8. ^ Baragona, Justin. "Two Hosts Exit The Hill's Popular Web Show 'Rising': Ryan Grim and Emily Jashinsky are leaving the successful digital talk show for its main rival". Confider. Daily Beast. Archived from the original on October 1, 2022.
  9. ^ McGee, Trish (June 6, 2013). "For 2013 graduates, 'the race is just beginning'". MyEasternShoreMD. Retrieved May 5, 2020.
  10. ^ "Philosophy Alumni of SMCM". faculty.smcm.edu. Retrieved May 5, 2020.
  11. ^ a b c Gold, Hadas; Pompeo, Joe (May 5, 2017). "Ryan Grim to leave HuffPost for The Intercept". Politico. Archived from the original on March 2, 2020. Retrieved March 2, 2020.
  12. ^ "Ryan Grim". The Intercept. Archived from the original on February 25, 2020. Retrieved March 2, 2020.
  13. ^ a b c Perlberg, Steven (April 24, 2019). "How the Intercept Is Fueling the Democratic Civil War". Politico Magazine. Archived from the original on January 21, 2020. Retrieved April 9, 2020.
  14. ^ Grim, Ryan (June 6, 2019). "'Patience Is Not a Virtue': Ryan Grim on We've Got People and the Modern Democratic Party". Splinter News (Interview). Interviewed by Paul Blest. Retrieved June 13, 2021.
  15. ^ "We've Got People". Kirkus Reviews. July 8, 2019. Retrieved June 13, 2021.
  16. ^ Grim, Ryan (December 7, 2023). "Julian Assange Could Face Extradition to the U.S. by Early 2024". The Intercept. Retrieved December 10, 2023.
  17. ^ "EFJ takes part in the Belmarsh Tribunal on Julian Assange". European Federation of Journalists. December 1, 2023. Retrieved December 10, 2023.
  18. ^ "Watch: The Belmarsh Tribunal on Julian Assange, Press Freedom". Democracy Now!. Retrieved December 10, 2023.
  19. ^ Edmondson, Catie (October 1, 2018). "Trump, Defending Kavanaugh, Accuses Senate Democrats of Hypocrisy and Dishonesty". The New York Times. Archived from the original on February 27, 2020. Retrieved March 13, 2020.
  20. ^ Sterne, Peter (November 9, 2016). "A measure of vindication for Nate Silver". Politico. Archived from the original on October 3, 2017. Retrieved April 9, 2020.
  21. ^ Graham, David A. (February 3, 2020). "What Does Nate Silver Know?". The Atlantic. Archived from the original on March 2, 2020. Retrieved March 12, 2020.
  22. ^ "Nate Silver rages at Huffington Post editor in 14-part tweetstorm". Politico. November 5, 2016. Retrieved April 10, 2020.
  23. ^ Featherstone, Liza (August 13, 2020). "The Left Needs to Stop Falling for Absurd Sex Panics". Jacobin. Thankfully, the Intercept's Ryan Grim stepped in to reveal that there weren't even any "victims" of "discomfort" or "power dynamics." Messages Grim obtained show that the College Dems planned the whole thing deliberately, as one of the group's leaders was hoping to get an internship with Rep. Neal, Morse's opponent.
  24. ^ "Secret Cable Reportedly Shows US Urged Pakistani Government to Oust Imran Khan". www.commondreams.org. Retrieved August 10, 2023.

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