Simran Sethi

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Simran Preeti Sethi (born October 12, 1970 in Munich, Germany) is an Indian American journalist.


Sethi began her media career in 1993 as a documentary producer for MTV News. In 1994, she became a reporter/producer for MTV Networks Asia News, eventually taking the anchor chair in 1995. She co-created and ran the news department for MTV India in 1996. Sethi anchored and produced their news broadcast until 1997, after which she developed her own production company, SHE TV.

Sethi returned to the United States in 1999 and hosted Daily Remix for Oxygen Media. After working as a consultant for business and activist groups, she became the anchor/writer for the public television series Ethical Markets. Sethi is the contributing author (with Hazel Henderson) to the companion book for that series, Ethical Markets: Growing the Green Economy which was awarded a 2007 Nautilus Silver Book Award for Business/Conscious Leadership and a 2008 Axiom Bronze Business Book Award for Business Ethics. She is also a contributing editor for Mother Earth News, and the founder of website Metamorphose, an interdisciplinary exploration of the personal and cultural dimensions of transformation.

Sethi co-created, hosted and oversaw all video and audio content as executive producer for, the largest environmental website on the Internet. Under her management, TreeHugger won the 2006 Vloggie for Best Green Vlog.

Lauded in Vanity Fair: The Green Issue as the environmental "messenger" and designated one of the top eight women saving the planet by Marie Claire, Sethi hosted a forum on global warming with Nobel Laureate Al Gore and created an audio podcast series called Tune In: Podcasts About How You Can Make a Difference for Gore's non-profit The Alliance for Climate Protection. She also was named Eco-Hero of the Planet by the UK's Independent in July 2007. Sethi has moderated panels for the White House Symposium GreenGov and Clinton Global Initiative, keynoted Opportunity Green with Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin and organized and spoke at Sowing and Reaping: Christian Perspectives on Food & Agriculture at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas. She has been a featured speaker at SXSW Eco’s 2011 Conference, TEDx Plaza Cibeles [1], TEDx Manhattan, the James Beard Foundation Food Conference, SALT Istanbul, the Sustainable Foods Summit in Amsterdam, the Festival of Dangerous Ideas in Sydney, the University of Southampton’s Interdisciplinary Research Week, the Sustainable Living Festival at the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne, and at Sydney Opera House's All About Women Festival 2015. She has been identified in Variety's Women's Impact Report as an environmental woman of impact, alongside Laurie David, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Sheryl Crow. Sethi also was featured on Earth First's 2008 Who's Who in Green List.

Sethi was the host/digital contributor to the PBS series "QUEST: The Science of Sustainability." She has appeared as an environmental expert on various TV programs including The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show and Martha, and has been featured on American Public Media's Marketplace Weekend, Vatican Radio, and ABC and SBS Punjabi in Australia. She has contributed to NBC Nightly News, MSNBC, CNBC and The Today Show, and wrote/hosted the Powering the Planet series for CNBC. She is the creator of The Sundance Channel web series The Good Fight, highlighting global environmental justice efforts, and, along with Majora Carter, was the founding host of The Sundance Channel's environmental block The Green. Sethi formerly served on the board of advisors for New York City-based NPR station WNYC, and on the board of directors for the National Radio Project. She is the 2009 recipient of the Smith College Medal, awarded to alumnae demonstrating extraordinary professional achievements and outstanding service to their communities, and received the 2010 Champion of Sustainability Award from the American College Personnel Association.

Sethi is an associate at the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute (MSSI) at the University of Melbourne in Australia, where she conducted research on the loss of agricultural biodiversity in our food system, and was recently a visiting scholar at the Cocoa Research Centre in St. Augustine, Trinidad. She served as the Kelly Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence at St. Catherine University, the largest women’s college in the United States, and was an associate professor of journalism at the University of Kansas from 2007 to 2012. She is the author of Bread, Wine, Chocolate: The Slow Loss of Foods We Love, about the stories of change in food and agriculture told through bread, wine, chocolate, coffee and beer, published by HarperCollins Publishers. Her work has recently been published by Slate,, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, elephant journal, The Chocolate Life and Slow Food USA.


Sethi graduated cum laude in 1992 from Smith College with a BA in sociology and gender studies. In 2005, she was awarded an MBA in sustainable business by the Presidio Graduate School, San Francisco. She is a recent graduate of the Hoffman Institute.


  • 2013 Sugden Fellow, University of Melbourne (Queen's College Campus)
  • Sense-Making Fellow, Poynter Institute
  • Associate Fellow, Asia Society
  • Inaugural Goddard Fellow, New York University

Awards and honors[edit]


  • Ethical Markets: Growing the Green Economy, Chelsea Green Publishing, 2006, ISBN 978-1-933392-23-3 (with Hazel Henderson)
  • Bread, Wine, Chocolate: The Slow Loss of Foods We Love, HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2015, ISBN 978-0061581076


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