Civil Eats is a daily news source for critical thought about the American food system. We publish stories that shift the conversation around sustainable agriculture in an effort to build economically and socially just communities.
Founded in January 2009, Civil Eats is a nonprofit news organization with more 150 contributors who report on the evolving food landscape from Capitol Hill to Main Street.
Civil Eats was named the James Beard Foundation's 2014 Publication of the Year.
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Our Editorial Team
Naomi Starkman is the founder and the editor-in-chief of Civil Eats. She was a 2015-16 John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University. Naomi co-founded the Food & Environment Reporting Network (FERN) and has worked as a media consultant to Consumer Reports, Newsweek, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, GQ, and WIRED magazines. After graduating from law school, she served as the deputy executive director of the City of San Francisco’s Ethics Commission. Naomi is an avid organic gardener, having worked on several farms.
Matthew Wheeland is the managing editor of Civil Eats. He is a veteran environmental journalist who has covered a wide range of environmental, sustainability, and social-justice subjects over the past 15 years. He previously served as managing editor of GreenBiz and AlterNet. He lives in the Bay Area with his family, is a dedicated home cook, an avid cyclist, and an enthusiastic (if less-than-fully successful) gardener.
Twilight Greenaway is a contributing editor for Civil Eats working on partnerships. Her articles about food and farming have appeared in The New York Times, NPR.org, The Guardian, TakePart, Modern Farmer, Gastronomica and on Grist, where she served as the food editor from 2011-2012. See more at TwilightGreenaway.com.
Christina Cooke is Civil Eats' associate editor. Based in North Carolina, she has covered people, place, science, business, and culture for venues including The New Yorker, The New York Times, TheAtlantic.com, The Guardian, Oxford American, and High Country News. In the past, she has worked as a staff writer for the Chattanooga Times Free Press in Tennessee and a weekly paper in Portland, Oregon. She teaches interviewing and nonfiction writing at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. Find out more at www.christinacooke.com.
A multilingual journalist with more than 15 years of experience, Gosia Wozniacka is a senior reporter for Civil Eats. Prior to joining Civil Eats, Gosia worked for five years as a staff reporter for The Associated Press in Fresno, California, and then in Portland, Oregon, covering agriculture, environment, farmworkers, and immigration. She previously was the Immigration and Latino Affairs reporter for The Oregonian and has worked as a journalism professor, nonfiction writing teacher, and writing coach/editor. Wozniacka co-runs a very small urban farm with her partner and dedicates her time to her son, her family, cooking, and the outdoors. Email her at gosia-at-civileats.com and follow her on Twitter @GosiaWozniacka.
Lisa Held is Civil Eats’ senior policy reporter. Her stories on the food system, sustainable agriculture, and food policy have appeared in many additional publications, including Eater, NPR’s The Salt, and Edible Manhattan. She also produces and hosts the weekly podcast “The Farm Report” on Heritage Radio Network. In the past, Lisa covered health and wellness for publications including the New York Times and Women’s Health and was an editor at Well+Good. She is based in Baltimore and Washington, D.C. and has a master's degree from Columbia University's School of Journalism.
Bridget Shirvell is the social media editor of Civil Eats. A New York-city based journalist, she has reported on a wide range of food, travel, and environmental subjects over the years for venues including VICE, Condé Nast Traveler, and Edible Communities. She has served as a digital strategist for Long Island Pulse Magazine, an audience engagement specialist for PBS NewsHour, and a town reporter in Connecticut.
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Paula Crossfield is a co-founder and former managing editor of Civil Eats. She is also a co-founder of the Food & Environment Reporting Network. An avid cook and gardener, she lives in Astoria, Oregon and runs a business as a health educator and purveyor of essential oils and natural health products for dōTERRA.
Stephen Satterfield was Civil Eats’ 2016 Culinary Trust Fellow and continues to contribute to the site. He is a food writer, activist, and digital media producer dedicated to helping people deepen their connection to food. He is the founder of Whetstone Media Company, a multi-platform, multimedia company producing both original and commissioned content dedicated to championing food to expand human empathy.