Will Parrish is an investigative reporter whose work is rooted in traditions of muckraking journalism and anti-colonial and anti-capitalist politics. His reporting appears in The Intercept, The Guardian, The Nation, East Bay Express, Counterpunch, Shadowproof, and other online and print venues. He is currently working on a book about criminalization and repression of indigenous and earth-based resistance struggles in the context of the global climate crisis.
Will’s writings have also appeared in dozens of other publications from prominent left-leaning web sites to radical scholarly journals and the Earth First! Journal. 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.
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. Readers of The Intercept voted an expose’ he co-authored on counter-terrorism tactics used against Standing Rock water protectors as that publication’s “most essential story” of 2017.
Will graduated from the University of California Santa Cruz (BA 2004) with degrees in sociology and journalism. Historian Cal Winslow (affiliated with the UC Berkeley Geography Department) has written concerning Will’s 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.”
Will’s other passions include lyrical poetry, plants and animals and the interactions among them, hiking, literature, and communalism.
Last updated 10/2/18