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Chip Giller
Founder / President
Grist Inc.
Seattle, WA

811 First St., Suite 466
Seattle, WA 98104
Work: 206-876-2020 x205

"The problems the planet faces are so vast that too often people get overwhelmed by them and tune out. I wanted to create a publication that would engage a large audience and motivate them ot take action. The way to do this was to have an attitude and to use humor in unexpected ways."
Chip Giller, in Feb., 2001, interview with AlterNet.

Giller, interviewed in Seattle Conscious Choice in April 2005 (link below):

"Reach out to people about your passion and share your dream. it is likely others share your passions and beliefs. Be persistent and pursue many avenues to reach that dream. The road you may not otherwise have taken can lead to success."

Web-only environmental news source known for upbeat, solution-oriented approach to serious issues


  • May/June 2006: Columbia Journalism Review considers Grist's coverage of poverty and environmental degradation post-Katrina
  • May 24, 2006: Slate Magazine article on global warming written by Chip Giller and Katharine Wroth
  • April 2, 2006: Seattle Times interview/profile of Giller
  • Giller was profiled in the April, 2005, edition of Seattle Conscious Choice, a monthly magazine.
  • The WikiPedia entry on Grist


    "Chip founded Grist in 1999 with the aim of lightening up a movement known for taking itself too seriously. In pre-Grist years, Chip lived in Washington, D.C., where he was editor of Greenwire, the first environmental news daily. He got his start in environmental journalism at High Country News. Further back, he spent two growing seasons on organic farms and a summer tending the Appalachian Trail in New Hampshire.

    "In 2004, Chip won the Jane Bagley Lehman Award for Excellence in Public Advocacy, awarded by the Tides Foundation in recognition of the vital role Grist is playing in increasing environmental awareness. He took first place in the AlterNet New Media Hero contest in 2001, and was a finalist for the Environmental Grantmakers Association's Environmental Messenger of the Year Award in 2002. He is a senior fellow with the Environmental Leadership Program and a three-time journalism fellow with the Institutes for Journalism and Natural Resources.

    "A native of Massachusetts, Chip graduated from Brown University with an honors degree in environmental studies. (Yes, he is an obsessive Red Sox fan.) When Chip's not pondering the future of online environmental journalism, he likes to spend his time hiking in the woolly wilds of the Pacific Northwest or cooking up delectables (organic, of course) in the kitchen he shares with his wonderful wife, Jenny, on Vashon Island, near Seattle."

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