The Counter is a nonprofit, independent, nonpartisan newsroom investigating the forces shaping how and what America eats.

About Us

To our readers, near and far: The Counter ceased publication on May 20, 2022. The archive of our work will continue to remain here and accessible to all. For further details, email publisher Jeffrey Kittay at [email protected]

We are the home of a new kind of food journalism that goes beyond the gustatory to uncover the money, power, and politics behind our plates.

In an economy driven by consumer demand, food literacy is leverage. We believe that an informed public, armed with unbiased context and analysis, can demand change and be empowered to make the choices that matter in their own lives.

Between 2015 and 2019, The Counter was published under the name The New Food Economy. Read more about why we changed our name here.

Read our editorial guidelines and code of ethics.

The Counter is committed to identifying and addressing forms of systemic inequality that pervade the American food system—as well as food media itself. Read a statement from our editor about our ongoing work to improve equity and representation within our organization.

Learn more about how we’re funded.

Questions? Comments? Send us a note.

Our Team


Founder and publisher
Deputy editor
Managing editor
Senior editor, enterprise and strategic initiatives
West Coast editor
Audience engagement editor
Contributing editor
Senior staff writer
Senior staff writer
Staff writer
Senior producer
Senior producer
Reporting fellow, future of farming
Reporting fellow, Covid-19 recovery
Reporting fellow, Vision: Nourished Schools
Production assistant


Chief of operations and development
Development coordinator

Contributing Writers

Board of Directors

Bonnie Porta, Board president
Fundraiser, advocate; formerly Maine Obama and Clinton presidential campaigns
S. Donald Sussman
Investor and philanthropist
Jeffrey Kittay, Executive director
Founder, The Counter; formerly Lingua Franca
Myron Beasley
Associate Professor in Cultural Studies, African American Studies, and Women and Gender studies at Bates College
Gregory Muth
Private investor; lecturer, Columbia University
Margarita Noriega
Vice President, Engagement, CalMatters
Doug Phillips
CEO, GYST Advisors LLC
Jennifer Johnson Stern
Communications strategist; formerly Center for Food Action