My next chapter: Grist

After a wonderful couple of years writing Say Everything and another great couple of years building and launching MediaBugs, I’m returning to the world of editing: Starting today, I’m the executive editor of, the pioneering green news website with the irreverent attitude.

It wasn’t entirely clear to me, after I left Salon four years ago, that I would ever take this kind of job again. It would have to be a very special organization: one that was trying to accomplish something important in the world; one that valued old-fashioned journalism and newfangled digital innovation; and one where the odd set of talents I’ve accumulated across my motley career could actually be put to work in useful ways.

Grist turned out to fit this bill in an almost supernaturally precise way. I first got to know the work Chip Giller and his team were doing there a decade ago at Salon, where we had content-sharing agreement, and I’ve continued to be fan of what they’ve built over the years. Now I have the privilege of taking Grist’s editorial helm at a moment that’s more critical than ever for the future of the planet — and more fluid than ever in the evolution of media.

Can you tell I’m excited?

It’s been a long day, so I think I’d better turn in — but not before pointing you to the sprightly post Chip wrote to welcome me to Grist, and the little note I wrote to introduce myself. There was also a brief press release with some kind words from my former colleague and sometime boss Joan Walsh.

And for those of you wondering about MediaBugs: It’s very much an ongoing project, though obviously I’m going to have less time to devote to it myself. I’ll be posting more here soon on its future, as well as offering a full report on its progress to date and some of the lessons we’ve learned from it.

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  1. Tim

    Hey Scott,

    Nice job not leaking the news when I ran into you a few days before the announcement.

    Good luck with that commute. I have a cousin who is EE of Cook’s Illustrated who has done a version of that from Long Island to Boston for close to 20 years, and he has made it work, but it is tough on work and tough on family.

    Congratulations. Geography aside, it sounds like a great gig, an exciting place to work, and an opportunity to make a difference. And I feel a little better about the planet and our kids’ futures knowing that you will be helping lead the charge.

    Mazel Tov,

  2. Tim

    Just saw your post on Grist. Welcome back to the Bay Area full time. I look forward to reading what next.

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