Chip Giller

Founder / President, Grist

Chip Giller, Founder and President Chip Giller founded in 1999 to lighten up a movement known for taking itself too seriously. Grist, which publishes online, now has an audience approaching 1 million, and has been especially successful in reaching readers in their 20s and 30s. Readers come to Grist for inspiration, conversation, and encouragement, as well as for news and information — and bad puns. Giller, 36, was named a TIME magazine “Hero of the Environment” in 2007. He has also been featured in Vanity Fair, Newsweek, and Outside, among other media outlets. He was awarded the 2006 National Conservation Achievement Award by the National Wildlife Federation. In 2004, he received the Jane Bagley Lehman Award for Excellence in Public Advocacy from the Tides Foundation in recognition of the vital role Grist is playing in increasing environmental awareness. Giller’s commentaries and opinions appear in publications like The Boston Globe, Fast Company, and The Seattle Post-Intelligencer. And he is quoted frequently in The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, and Los Angeles Times. He also participates as a guest on broadcast programs like The Today Show and PBS’s NOW. Grist earned Webby Awards in 2005 and 2006, an honor described by The New York Times as “the Oscars of the internet.” And Utne gave Grist its Independent Press Award for Online Political Coverage in 2005 and 2003, citing its “rich mix of hard-hitting eco-political coverage, practical tips, hopeful tales, and rib-tickling whimsy.” Before launching Grist, Giller was editor of Greenwire, the first environmental news daily. A Massachusetts native, Giller graduated from Brown University with an honors degree in environmental studies. He is a three-time journalism fellow with the Institutes for Journalism and Natural Resources and a senior fellow with the Environmental Leadership Program. He and his wife, Jenny, live on Vashon Island, outside of Seattle, and have a one-year-old daughter Ellis.

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