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
Director, The Uproot Project
Operations Associate, The Uproot Project
Social Media Manager, The Uproot Project
Science Reporter at Insider,
Newsletter Lead at Uproot
Digital Journalist, Spectrum News 1,
Fellowships Project Lead
Senior Reporter at Center for Public Integrity,
Partnerships Project Lead
Climate Reporter at Time,
Membership Recruitment Project Lead
Freelance science writer + Assistant Professor of English and Director of the Journalism Minor at North Carolina State University,
Events Project Lead
Climate Writer, CNN,
Database Project Lead
Environment Reporter at Oregon Public Broadcasting,
Steering Committee Co-Chair
Freelance Journalist, Master’s Student,
Procedures Project Lead
Associate Editor of Sojourners Magazine
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