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Who We Are

Our Team

Naomi Starkman

Naomi Starkman is the founder and the editor-in-chief of Civil Eats. She was a 2016 John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University. Naomi has worked as a media consultant to Newsweek, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, GQ, WIRED, and Consumer Reports 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 gardener, having worked on several organic farms.

Matthew Wheeland

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

Twilight Greenaway is the executive editor of Civil Eats. Her articles about food and farming have appeared in The New York Times, NPR.org, The Guardian, NBC News, Modern Farmer, Gastronomica, and on Grist, where she served as the food editor from 2011-2012. See more at TwilightGreenaway.com.

Christina Cooke

Christina Cooke is an associate editor at Civil Eats. 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.

Tilde Herrera

Tilde Herrera is an associate editor at Civil Eats. She has covered food, business, and sustainability for publications including AdExchanger, GreenBiz, The San Francisco Chronicle, The San Jose Mercury-News, and Grist. A Bay Area native, she lives in San Francisco with her husband and son, who loves tacos almost as much as she does.

Lee van der Voo

Lee van der Voo is a contributing editor for Civil Eats based in Oregon. Her investigations of food, energy, and climate issues have appeared in ProPublica, The New York Times, The Atlantic, Slate, and Seattle Weekly, among others. She is the former managing director of InvestigateWest and the author of The Fish Market, a book in which she chronicles the commoditization of fish. She does get seasick. She is not easily deterred.

Bridget Shirvell

Bridget Shirvell is the audience engagement editor of Civil Eats. A New England-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.

Kalisha Bass

Kalisha Bass is the membership manager of Civil Eats. Previously, she managed member and donor retention and recruitment efforts for One Southern Indiana and then for Arizona Grantmakers Forum. Kalisha enjoys participating in online writing circles and has published her first book. She also enjoys supporting local food initiatives including managing a steward box at a community garden in Arizona.

Lisa Held

Lisa Held is Civil Eats’ senior staff reporter. Since 2015, she has reported on agriculture and the food system with an eye toward sustainability, equality, and health, and her stories have appeared in publications including The Guardian, The Washington Post, and Mother Jones. In the past, she covered health and wellness and was an editor at Well+Good. She is based in Baltimore and has a master’s degree from Columbia University’s School of Journalism.

Wesley Brown

Wesley Brown is a senior reporter for Civil Eats. Based in Arkansas, he is the former publisher of the Daily Record, and a long-time business and political reporter whose work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Reuters, and Dow Jones international newswires, the Associated Press and dozens of top U.S. newspapers. Wesley is also a board director for the National Inventors Hall of Fame in Akron, Ohio, and serves on the Arkansas Freedom of Information Task Force. He is also chairman of deacons at Christway Missionary Baptist Church in Little Rock.

Anne Marshall-Chalmers

Anne Marshall-Chalmers is a staff reporter at Civil Eats. She spent several years working as a general assignment reporter, writer, and audio producer in Tennessee and Kentucky before returning to the Bay Area to earn a master’s degree from the U.C. Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. She reports on climate change, agriculture, public health, injustice, and the spaces where these topics intersect. Her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Atlas Obscura, USA Today, Bay Nature, Earth Island Journal, NPR, Cal Matters, Inside Climate News, and Louisville Magazine. In 2019, she was nominated for a national City and Regional Magazine Association award in the category of civic journalism for a piece on Louisville’s eviction crisis, and in 2012 she won a national Alt Weekly award for her reporting on economic inequality.

Grey Moran

Grey Moran is a senior reporter for Civil Eats based in Queens, New York. Their work has appeared in The Atlantic, Grist, Pacific Standard, The Guardian, Teen Vogue, The New Republic, The New York Times, The Intercept, and elsewhere. Grey writes narrative-based stories about public health, climate change, and environmental justice, especially with a lens on the people working toward solutions.

Renata Birkenbuel

Renata Birkenbuel is the Civil Eats Indigenous Foodways Fellow for 2022–23. A member of the Montana Little Shell Chippewa tribe, she is an education and business reporter who also covers food co-ops, food banks, and food security. Based in Missoula, she mentors young writers as a college adjunct writing instructor. She has worked as an editor at Prairie Populist, a contract reporter for Newsweek and the Missoula Current. From 2013 to 2017, she served as an education, business, and features reporter for The Montana Standard in Butte, Montana. In the 14 years preceding that, Birkenbuel was a contributing writer for The Seattle Times and published articles in about 40 other Northwest publications.