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.


Lucia Priselac


Nora O’Brien

Operations Associate

Sofia Prado-Huggins

Project and Social Media Manager

Steering Committee

Paola Rosa-Aquino

Science Reporter at Insider

Maddie Burakoff

Science Reporter, Associated Press

Yvette Cabrera

Senior Reporter at Center for Public Integrity

Justin Worland

Climate Reporter at Time,

Maya Kapoor

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

Rachel Ramirez

Climate Writer at CNN

Monica Samayoa

Climate Reporter at Oregon Public Broadcasting

Iris Crawford

Sr. Editor, Climate Justice, NonProfit Quarterly

Christina Colón

Audience Editor, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs


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

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