Nonprofit Chronicles

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Marc Gunther has been a reporter for more than 40 years. He began at a trade journal for the pulp and paper industry, covered local news in Paterson, NJ, and Hartford, CT, worked as a TV critic and media writer, covered the entertainment and media industry for FORTUNE magazine, wrote about the social and environmental impact of business for FORTUNE, GreenBiz and The Guardian and now covers philanthropy, nonprofits, global development and animal welfare, among other things. He has written 2.5 print books and an ebook.

He is also an experienced moderator and speaker, and the creator and co-chair of Brainstorm Green, FORTUNE’s conference about business and the environment. He blogged about business and sustainability for many years at, and now blogs about philanthropy here at

Before joining FORTUNE in 1996, Marc worked for more than 20 years for newspapers including The Paterson (N.J.) News, The Hartford Courant, The Detroit News and The Detroit Free Press.

At FORTUNE, Marc wrote cover stories about the greening of Wal-Mart; about BYD, the Chinese electric car company backed by Warren Buffett; about Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson and the 2008 financial crisis; and about spirituality in the workplace. He also wrote about CEO Jeff Immelt’s efforts to reshape the values of General Electric, the business of carbon finance, the rise of the corporate social responsibility, the zero-waste movement, genetically-modified rice, environmental activism, and gay rights in corporate America.

His books include Basepaths: From the Minor Leagues to the Majors and Beyond (Scribners, 1984; Monday Night Mayhem: The Inside Story of Monday Night Football (William Morrow, 1988) with Bill Carter;  The House That Roone Built: The Inside Story of ABC News (Little Brown, 1994); and Suck It Up: How capturing carbon from the air can help solve the climate crisis (Amazon, 2012), a Kindle Single ebook. Monday Night Mayhem became a TV movie starring John Turturro as Howard Cosell that was shown on TNT.

Marc has contributed to The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, YaleEnvironment360, Vox, NPR and Slate, among other publications. He has appeared on NBC, ABC, PBS, CNN and NPR.

For six years, Marc served on the board of Net Impact, a organization whose mission is to inspire, educate and equip people to use the power of business to create a more socially and environmentally sustainable world.

Marc has a B.A. from Yale. He grew up in Croton-on-Hudson, New York, and now lives in Bethesda, Md.

Marc enjoys reading, hiking and spending time outdoors. He is an active member of Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation in Bethesda, a dogged but slow runner who has completed 22 marathons, and an avid  rabid fan of the Washington Nationals.

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