Ryan Grim

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Ryan Grim
Ryan Grim (cropped).jpg
Ryan Grim in 2009
Born1978 (age 42–43)
EducationSt. Mary's College of Maryland (BA)
University of Maryland (MPP)
Spouse(s)Elizan Garcia

Ryan Grim (b. 1978) 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.[1] He is also progressive political commentator for The Young Turks, and appears frequently as a guest on The Majority Report with Sam Seder and Rising with Krystal & Saagar.[2][3] 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 and We've Got People. He cofounded Strong Arm Press, an independent progressive publishing house.[4]

Early life and education[edit]

Grim was born in Still Pond, Maryland. 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.[5][6]


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.[7] In his role heading a team at HuffPost, reporters on the team twice made finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.[8][9] Towards the end of his tenure at HuffPost, significant leadership changes were occurring, sparked by Arianna Huffington's exit.[10] Grim left his position at HuffPost in 2017 after nine years with the paper, joining The Intercept to head their Washington, D.C. bureau.[7]

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. Book are funded through crowdfunding campaigns.[11] Grim published We've Got People, a history on progressivism and the Democratic party, through Strong Arm Press in 2019.[12][13]

Noted reportage[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.[10][14] 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.[10]

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.[15][16][17]

In August 2020, Grim used emails from University of Massachusetts College Democrats to dismantle an attempt to smear progressive candidate Alex Morse.[18][19]

Personal life[edit]

Grim and his wife, Elizan Garcia, had twin boys in 2014.[20]


  • 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 9781947492387


  1. ^ "Ryan Grim | HuffPost". www.huffpost.com. Archived from the original on 2020-03-04. Retrieved 2020-04-09.
  2. ^ "Meet Newest Members Of TYT's Investigative Journalism Team". YouTube. Archived from the original on 2 February 2017. Retrieved 20 January 2017.
  3. ^ Johnson, Martin (2020-07-21). "Grim: Past voting record could make August primary tough for Missouri Rep". TheHill. Retrieved 2020-12-21.
  4. ^ Silverman, Melissa (7 August 2017). "Washington Small Presses Make Their Mark". Ploughshares at Emerson College. Archived from the original on 28 March 2019. Retrieved 11 March 2020.
  5. ^ McGee, Trish. "For 2013 graduates, 'the race is just beginning'". MyEasternShoreMD. Retrieved 2020-05-05.
  6. ^ "Philosophy Alumni of SMCM". faculty.smcm.edu. Retrieved 2020-05-05.
  7. ^ a b Gold, Hadas; Pompeo, Joe (5 May 2017). "Ryan Grim to leave HuffPost for The Intercept". Politico. Archived from the original on 2 March 2020. Retrieved 2 March 2020.
  8. ^ Gold, Hadas; Pompeo, Joe. "Ryan Grim to leave HuffPost for The Intercept". POLITICO. Retrieved 2020-05-04.
  9. ^ "Ryan Grim Staff Bio". The Intercept. Archived from the original on 25 February 2020. Retrieved 2 March 2020.
  10. ^ a b c Perlberg, Steven (24 April 2019). "How the Intercept Is Fueling the Democratic Civil War". POLITICO Magazine. Archived from the original on 21 January 2020. Retrieved 9 April 2020.
  11. ^ Freed, Benjamin (21 February 2018). "How a Small DC Publishing House Keeps Up With the Trump Administration". Washingtonian. Archived from the original on 2 March 2020. Retrieved 12 March 2020.
  12. ^ Grim, Ryan (6 June 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.
  13. ^ "We've Got People Review". Kirkus Reviews. 8 July 2019.
  14. ^ Edmondson, Catie (1 October 2018). "Trump, Defending Kavanaugh, Accuses Senate Democrats of Hypocrisy and Dishonesty". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 27 February 2020. Retrieved 13 March 2020.
  15. ^ Sterne, Peter (9 November 2016). "A measure of vindication for Nate Silver". POLITICO. Archived from the original on 3 October 2017. Retrieved 9 April 2020.
  16. ^ Graham, David A. (3 February 2020). "What Does Nate Silver Know?". The Atlantic. Archived from the original on 2 March 2020. Retrieved 12 March 2020.
  17. ^ Staff, Politico. "Nate Silver rages at Huffington Post editor in 14-part tweetstorm". POLITICO. Retrieved 2020-04-10.
  18. ^ Featherstone, Liza (13 August 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.
  19. ^ Arria, Michael (13 August 2020). "She's More AIPAC Than J Street". Mondoweiss.
  20. ^ Allen, Mike. "SCHUMER IMMIGRATION IDEA FOR GOP: Pass it this year; have it start post-Obama -- PHILIPPE tells Reid Cherlin he has gone cashless -- RYAN GRIM twins -- B'DAYS: Manu Raju, Gov. McAuliffe". POLITICO. Retrieved 2021-01-06.

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