Carey Gillam is an American investigative journalist and author with more than 30 years of experience covering food and agricultural policies and practices, including 17 years as a senior correspondent for Reuters international news service (1998-2015). She has specialty knowledge about the health and environmental impacts of pervasive pesticide use and industrial agriculture and has won several industry awards for her work.
Her first book, “Whitewash- The Story of a Weed Killer, Cancer and the Corruption of Science,” was released in October 2017 and won the coveted Rachel Carson Book Award from the Society of Environmental Journalists as well as two other awards. Carey's second book, a legal thriller titled "The Monsanto Papers - Deadly Secrets, Corporate Corruption, and One Man's Search for Justice, was released on March 2, 2021.
Gillam has been asked to speak all over the world about food and agricultural matters, including before the European Parliament in Brussels, the World Forum for Democracy in Strasbourg, and to public officials, organizations, and conferences in the U.S., Canada, Australia, Argentina, France, and The Netherlands. She has also been an invited lecturer to several universities, including Emory University, Berkeley Law School, Washington University, the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, the University of Iowa, the Cambridge Forum in Harvard Square, and others.
She has served as a consultant on, and participant in, several documentary T.V. and film pieces, including the award-winning Poisoning Paradise documentary released in June 2019 by actor Pierce Brosnan and his wife, Keely Brosnan. She also served as a story consultant and contributor to the 2022 documentary Into the Weeds by filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal.
Gillam can speak to issues of food safety and security, environmental health, agricultural issues, corporate corruption of regulatory policies, as well as matters about journalism, fake news, corporate pressure on media, and more.
After leaving Reuters, Carey spent six years (2016-2021) working as a reporter and data researcher for the public health investigative research group U.S. Right to Know. She currently writes as a contributor for The Guardian and is managing editor of The New Lede, a journalism initiative of the Environmental Working Group.