Meet Jenni Gritters, ZEST Founder & Chief Storyteller

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I’m a Seattle-based freelance journalist with a bachelors degree in Psychology from Bucknell University and a masters degree in Journalism from Boston University. I also completed a social media certification with the Poynter Institute in 2012 and a yoga teaching certification with Sendatsu Evolution in 2018.

I started my journalism career at a small healthcare start up called MedTech Boston, where I was the managing editor. I then spent several years working for the viral media company Upworthy, where I rebuilt the site's freelance system and managed a team of staff writers. After that, I worked as an editor at the New York Times' product review site, Wirecutter, where I edited longform health, fitness, travel and outdoors content.

After getting laid off from the Wirecutter during a restructuring in 2018, I decided to design my own dream job. Since then, I’ve been working as a freelance journalist based out of Seattle. I focus on healthy living and write regularly for the REI Co-op Journal, Gear Patrol, mindbodygreen, Experience magazine, Medium, and more. I run a weekly column for Medium’s health magazine, Elemental, called The Health Diaries. You can also find my published bylines in the Guardian, 538, Greatist, Outside magazine, Boston magazine, and more.

I’m particularly interested in what factors makes our lives feel “healthy,” whether that means explaining new studies, teaching people how to get outside more often, or investigating new wellness and health trends. I also practice what I preach: I work 30 hours per week, take Fridays off for personal projects, make it a point to get away from my screens as often as possible, meditate every morning, spend at least an hour moving every day, eat mostly non-processed foods, and spend a lot of time investing in self-growth and learning.

In addition to working as a journalist, I also provide writing coaching and freelancing workshops virtually and in the city of Seattle. In the past, I’ve worked as a ghost writer, a conference organizer and a longform book editor. When I’m not writing, you can find me hiking in the Pacific Northwest mountains, running with my husband and puppy, or teaching yoga and meditation.

"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