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SEATTLE, September 20, 2022 — Grist, an award-winning, nonprofit media organization dedicated to telling stories of climate solutions and a just future, has appointed Nikhil Swaminathan as its new chief executive officer, the Grist Board of Directors announced today. Swaminathan has been Grist’s interim CEO since February 2022 and will take on the permanent position, effective immediately. The third CEO in Grist’s more than 20-year history, Swaminathan succeeds Brady Piñero Walkinshaw. Swaminathan, who has led Grist’s newsroom since 2018, established Grist as a leader in solutions-based climate reporting while positioning climate as a social justice issue. 

Swaminathan, who began his work at Grist as a senior editor in 2017, became executive editor in 2018, then the top position in Grist’s newsroom. In 2021 he became editor in chief. Swaminathan led Grist’s environmental justice coverage before moving on to build and manage Grist’s distributed newsroom of nearly 30 journalists. Additionally, he established Grist’s environmental justice and investigations desks and was instrumental in launching Grist’s Indigenous affairs desk. Swaminathan built a talented and dive... Read more

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