In the summer of 2019, Grist invited a diverse group of environmental journalists to balmy Seattle for a candid conversation about the challenges we face in our field. The dialogue touched on the need to leverage collective resources, to build an opportunity pipeline, and to drive lasting change in how newsrooms treat environmental journalists of color and their work. Through the process of sharing our experiences, we realized we face many of the same hurdles. Ultimately, this highlighted the need to address an urgent gap: the lack of representation of journalists of color in newsrooms across the country covering communities that are hit first and the hardest by the climate crisis.

Thus, The Uproot Project was born.

We set out to create a network to support the work of our peers, while advancing the careers of reporters of color who have been historically underrepresented in environmental journalism. The group established a steering committee and began hosting virtual work sessions, meetups, and conversations with existing organizations like the Society for Environmental Journalists.

On March 20, 2021, The Uproot Project officially launched for the public. The Uproot Project consists of several hundred journalists representing Atmos, Crosscut, Grist, Time, the Los Angeles Times, ProPublica, Vox, and more.

Meet Our Team

Lucia Priselac

The Uproot Project

Nora O’Brien

Operations Associate,
The Uproot Project

Sofia Prado-Huggins

Audience Engagement Associate,
The Uproot Project

Paola Rosa-Aquino

Science Reporter at Insider,
Newsletter Lead

Maddie Burakoff

Science Reporter, Associated Press,
Fellowships Project Lead

Yvette Cabrera

Senior Reporter at Center for Public Integrity

Justin Worland

Climate Reporter at Time,
Membership Recruitment Project Lead

Maya Kapoor

Freelance science writer + Assistant Professor of English and Director of the Journalism Minor at North Carolina State University,
Events Project Lead

Rachel Ramirez

Climate Writer, CNN,
Database Project Lead

Monica Samayoa

Environment Reporter at Oregon Public Broadcasting,
Steering Committee Co-Chair

Iris Crawford

Sr. Editor, Climate Justice, NonProfit Quarterly,
Procedures Project Lead

Christina Colón

Emerging Media Studies Master’s Student, Freelance Journalist,
Social Media Project Lead


Uproot is supported by Grist through the contributions of these generous donors:

– Barr Foundation
– Bullitt Foundation
– Energy Foundation
– Libra Fund
– Seattle Foundation
– Solidaire Network