Will Parrish is an award-winning investigative journalist whose work focuses on the politics surrounding environmental and military issues nationally, globally, and in his home state of California. His work appears in The Intercept, The Nation, East Bay Express, Counterpunch, Shadowproof, and other online and print venues.
Will’s writings have also appeared in Alternet, Truthout, Z Magazine, Z Net, The Ecologist (UK), the Earth First! Journal, WIN Through Revolutionary Non-Violence, Foreign Policy In Focus, the North Bay Bohemian, the Santa Cruz Good Times, the Pacific Sun, East Bay Monthly, Sacramento News and Review, the Santa Barbara Independent, Reclamations Journal, and other publications. He has been featured on numerous television and radio programs and podcasts, as well as in documentaries on the politics of California’s water system and the University of California’s role in the development of nuclear weapons.
In 2015, Will began contributing to the East Bay Express, the North Bay Bohemian, and other California alt-weekly periodicals, reporting on struggles to prevent new fossil fuel infrastructure projects, the politics of California’s drought, climate policy, and more. His reporting has received awards from the California Newspaper Publishers Association and the Association of Alternative Newsmedia, which named his Sept. 2015 story “Fish Out of Water” a top-four finalist in the “Investigative Reporting” category of its national journalism contest.
Will graduated from the University of California Santa Cruz (BA 2004) with degrees in sociology and journalism. After graduating, he worked as an organizer and policy researcher for the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation in Santa Barbara, CA. He published numerous stories on US military and nuclear weapons policy for left-leaning periodicals and web sites, from Foreign Policy In Focus to Counterpunch, and co-authored a chapter in a book on nuclear weapons abolition.
In 2010, Will became a reporter for the Anderson Valley Advertiser (AVA), a left-leaning tabloid based in the rural Mendocino County town of Boonville, CA. His writings took on agribusiness, the timber industry, indigenous land rights struggles, policing, gentrification, highway construction, immigration raids, labor conflicts, marijuana cultivation, and various other political controversies in California’s rugged northern coastal region.
Through his hard-hitting reports for the inimitable AVA, Will cultivated a unique and loyal readership throughout Northern California. Historian Cal Winslow wrote concerning Will’s AVA body of work: “Will Parrish is… a rare type in his field these days. He is fearless, he takes on the hard targets, the biggest ones he can find, and he writes with passion and commitment. If we still have muck-rakers, literary crusaders in the best sense, he’s one.”
When not writing or reporting, Will enjoys reading, gardening, creek-hopping, fish-watching, and learning to speak Spanish.