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Editors & Staff

Jordan French

Executive Editor

Jordan French is the Founder and Executive Editor of Grit Daily. The dominant brand watchdog for Gen Z and Millennial brands, Grit Daily’s team hails from ABC, CBS, CNN, Entrepreneur, Fast Company, Forbes, Fox, PopSugar, SF Chronicle, VentureBeat, Verge, Vice, and Vox. An award-winning journalist, he is on the editorial staff at and a Fast 50 and Inc. 500-ranked entrepreneur with one company sale. Formerly an engineer and intellectual-property attorney, his third company, BeeHex, rose to fame for its “3D printed pizza for astronauts” and is now a military contractor.

Julia Sachs

Social Media Editor, Managing Editor

She covers tech, challenger brands, and entertainment news and is based in Park City, Utah.

Brian Garcia

Web Developer

He is an internet rock star in front-end web development, user experience/interface, digital marketing. In a past life he handled development for Chamillionaire, Madonna, and Volvo.

Stewart Rogers

Senior Editor

He is an award-winning journalist, author, and speaker on AI, AR/VR, blockchain, and other emerging technologies. A sought-after speaker and event MC, he is also the Analyst-at-Large at VentureBeat.

Yelena Mandenberg

Ideas Editor

Yelena Mandenberg is Grit Daily’s Ideas Editor. Based in New  York, she finished at Brooklyn College with a degree in Print Media Journalism as the industry died out.

Olivia Smith


Olivia Smith is an Editor-at-Large at Grit Daily. Based in San Francisco, she is a Voices contributor at PopSugar.

Jennifer Matthews

Jennifer Matthews


Based in New York, she is the Treasurer at the Atlanta Association of Black Journalists, or AABJ. A media pro and formerly a CNN producer, she mentors and advocates for diversity and is a regular on the events coverage beat for Grit Daily.

Peter Page

Contributions Editor

Based in New York City, he is the Contributions Editor of Grit Daily. Peter came from Entrepreneur Media where he built and led its contributor network.

Jeff Ewing

Staff Writer

Based in Los Angeles and also a Forbes contributor, he covers entertainment news.

David Wee

Staff Writer

Based in Michigan, he covers entertainment, music, and fashion brands. He is also Grit Daily’s musician-in-residence and video editor.

Alexi Melvin

Senior Staff Writer

Based in San Francisco and also a San Francisco Chronicle contributor, she covers Bay Area events and breaking news on brands. She is a voice actor — famously in Star Wars franchise films — and is fluent in both English and Sarcasm.

ABC News' Kevin Pinchinte is a staff writer at Grit Daily.

Kevin Pichinte

Staff Writer

Based in Los Angeles, he was formerly a reporter at NBC7 and TLM20. At Grit Daily, he covers entertainment and culture news.

Lexi Jones -- staff writer at Grit Daily

Lexi Jones

Staff Writer

Based in Las Vegas, she covers entertainment, music and LGBTQ+ news. Her main aspiration is to use her voice to inform others.

Justin Shamlou

Staff Writer

Based in Miami, he covers music, film, art, tech, and events at Grit Daily. Justin started his career covering the electronic music industry, working as the Miami correspondent for Magnetic Mag and US Editor for Data Transmission.

Sarah Kocur

Staff Writer

Based in Las Vegas, she is a writer, radio host, and music enthusiast. She also writes for

Kori Williams

Staff Writer

Based in New York, she covers events, social-media news, apps, and New York brands.

Faisal Quyyumi

Staff Writer

He is a Production Assistant at CNN and a former Production Intern for The Daily Show w/ Trevor Noah at Comedy Central.

Ashli Ellerman

Staff Writer

A graduate of the University of Missouri’s Columbia School of Journalism, she’s a former editor at Vox. She covers music brands and breaking consumer news at Grit Daily.

Jack Giroux

Staff Writer

Jack Giroux is a Staff Writer at Grit Daily. Based in Los Angeles, he covers entertainment, film news, and events.

Columnists & Contributors

She is a veteran start-up executive who has launched and supported companies through several successful exits.

Based in Tampa, he covers breaking news on tech brands and especially transportation.

Joel Comm


He is a New York Times bestselling author, blockchain enthusiast, professional keynote speaker, social media marketing strategist, live video expert, technologist, brand influencer, futurist and eternal 12-year old.

Loralyn Mears


She spent over a decade playing with mosquito DNA, got her PhD, decided she would rather market science than be at the bench and has never looked back.

Molly St. Louis

News Columnist

Based in New York, she covers fashion, luxury, business, tech news and events. Formerly at Inc., she also writes at AdWeek.

Randy Radic

Contributing Editor

He hangs out in NorCal, where he smokes cigars, keeps snakes as pets, and writes about true crime, music, pop culture, tech, and business.

Jeremy Ryan Slate

Contributing Editor

He is the founder of the Create Your Own Life Show, which studies world-class performers.

Holly Chavez


She enjoys sharing hot, trending news stories with her readers.

Brian Wallace

Brian Wallace


He is an entrepreneur, writer, and podcast host. He is the Founder and President of NowSourcing and has been featured in Forbes, TIME, and The New York Times.

Peter Salib


He has been going to CES in Las Vegas consecutively for the past seven years since the age of 21 and is an avid attendee of events nationwide.

Jeremy Knauff


Based in Tampa, he covers digitally native brands.

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