Meet Jenni Gritters, ZEST Founder & Chief Storyteller


Jenni is a Seattle-based health journalist and yoga teacher.

She graduated from Bucknell University with a bachelors degree in Psychology and earned her masters in Journalism from Boston University. Since then, she's had a varied storytelling career: She's worked with small healthcare start ups like MedTech Boston (where she was the managing editor) and at nationally-read viral websites like Upworthy (where she rebuilt the site's freelance system and managed staff writers). Jenni also worked as an editor at the New York Times' product review site, Wirecutter, where she edited health, fitness, travel and outdoors content, and she's been a freelance writer for a number of publications like Boston magazine, 538, the REI Co-op Journal, Outside Magazine, Experience Magazine, Greatist and the New England Journal of Medicine for over 7 years. She’s also edited several narrative book projects and has experience ghostwriting blogs and earned media.

In addition to writing and editing, Jenni has experience teaching digital journalism workshops to high school and college students, as well as to newsrooms and professional societies.

After 67years in media, Jenni decided to leave the corporate setting to build a more balanced life for herself. She completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training program at Sendatsu Evolution in Seattle, WA and started ZEST immediately afterward, in March 2018. She tells inspiring stories about living a more fulfilling, authentic, unique life while walking the walk in her own career, too.

"Jenni is unequivocally one of the most organized and schedule-savvy people I have ever met... As an editor, she is unfailingly positive, motivating, and inspiring; and I'm so lucky to have had the chance to work with her."- Hannah Weinberger, Freelance Journalist