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Grist (originally Grist Magazine; also referred to as is an American non-profit online magazine that has been publishing environmental news and commentary since 1999. Grist's taglines are "Gloom and doom with a sense of humor" and "A beacon in the smog". Grist is headquartered in Seattle, Washington, and has 35 writers and employees. Its CEO is former state representative Brady Walkinshaw.[2]

Type of site
Online magazine
Created byChip Giller
Alexa rankPositive decrease 30,195 (June 2016)[1]
LaunchedApril 1999

Content and coverageEdit

Grist offers reporting, interviews, opinion pieces, daily news, book reviews, food and agricultural coverage, and green advice. Its stated mission is "to inform, entertain, provoke, and encourage its readers to think creatively about environmental problems and solutions."

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

Main writers include David Roberts, Lisa Hymas, and Sarah Goodyear.[3]

In an article for Time magazine, Eric Roston, a Grist contributor,[4] referred to Grist as, "The Colbert Report of climate change, The Daily Show of deforestation, the Oprah of oil dependency -- except with real reporting and analytical journalism."[5]


Chip Giller is the founder and former president of Grist. Giller received the Heinz Award for founding Grist in 2009.[6] 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.[7] Giller took first place in the 2001 AlterNet New Media Hero contest for his work on Grist[8] 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.[2][9]


Grist is registered as a non-profit 501C3 business entity.[10] For fiscal year 2011, Grist reported revenues of $3,700,490, expenses of $3,022,290, and total assets of $2,028,447.[11][12]

Awards and accoladesEdit

  • Winner of 2010 "Best of The Web" Award by Seattle Weekly for "Seattle's Best Online Presence - Environment/Green"[13]
  • Silver medal 2008 Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPYs). For the book "Wake Up and Smell the Planet"[14]
  • 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
  • Named "outstanding website" in the 2005 WebAward Competition
  • Nominated for a 2004 Utne Independent Press Award for online political coverage
  • Winner of 2003 Utne Independent Press Award for online political coverage[15]
  • Winner of 2001 AlterNet New Media Hero contest [8]
  • 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[16]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ " Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2016-06-07.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ " Site Staff Bios".
  4. ^ Roston, Eric. "Eric Roston". Grist. Retrieved 2012-12-05.
  5. ^ Roston, Eric (2008-04-17). "Grist - The Environment". TIME. Retrieved 2012-12-05.
  6. ^ "Chip Giller". The Heinz Awards. 2009-11-27. Retrieved 2012-12-05.
  7. ^ "Previous Winners". Tides. Retrieved 2012-12-05.
  8. ^ a b Writer Guidelines (2001-02-21). "AlterNet's "New Media Heroes" Usher in Post-Dot-com Era". Alternet. Retrieved 2012-12-05.
  9. ^ Connelly, Joel (March 8, 2017). "Brady Walkinshaw leaves politics to take on the Grist of journalism". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved March 12, 2017.
  10. ^ "Charities: Charitable Solicitations Program Charity Profile Report". 2011-09-30. Retrieved 2013-04-17.
  11. ^ "Charity Navigator Rating - GRIST". Retrieved 2013-04-17.
  12. ^ "Grist Magazine - Charity Reports -". Retrieved 2013-04-17.
  13. ^ Zibby Wilder (2010-06-02). "And the Winners Are... - Page 1 - News - Seattle". Seattle Weekly. Retrieved 2012-12-05.
  14. ^ "THE Voice of the Independent Publishing Industry". Independent Publisher. Retrieved 2012-12-05.
  15. ^ "Winners of the 2003 Utne Independent Press Awards". Retrieved 2012-12-05.
  16. ^ "Still Cool Archive". Cool Site of the Day. Retrieved 2012-12-05.

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