Simran Sethi
Simran Preeti Sethi is an Emmy award-winning Indian American journalist and associate professor at the University of Kansas
University of Kansas
The University of Kansas is a public research university and the largest university in the state of Kansas. KU campuses are located in Lawrence, Wichita, Overland Park, and Kansas City, Kansas with the main campus being located in Lawrence on Mount Oread, the highest point in Lawrence. The...



Sethi began her media career in 1993 as a documentary producer for MTV News. In 1994, she became a reporter/producer for MTV Networks Asia News, eventually taking the anchor chair in 1995. She co-created and ran the news department for MTV India in 1996. Sethi anchored and produced their news broadcast until 1997, after which she developed her own production company, SHE TV.

Sethi returned to the United States in 1999 and hosted Daily Remix for Oxygen Media
Oxygen (TV channel)
Oxygen is an American cable television specialty channel with television programming marketed towards women, with a format similar to Lifetime.- History :...

. After working as a consultant for business and activist groups, she became the anchor/writer for the public television series Ethical Markets. Sethi is the contributing author (with Hazel Henderson) to the companion book for that series, Ethical Markets: Growing the Green Economy which was awarded a 2007 Nautilus Silver Book Award for Business/Conscious Leadership and a 2008 Axiom Bronze Business Book Award for Business Ethics.

Sethi co-created, hosted and oversaw all video and audio content as executive producer for, the largest environmental website on the Internet. Under her management, TreeHugger won the 2006 Vloggie for Best Green Vlog.

Lauded in Vanity Fair: The Green Issue as "The Green Messenger," Sethi hosted a forum on global warming with Nobel Laureate Al Gore for Al Gore on Live Earth and created an audio podcast series called Tune In: Podcasts About How You Can Make a Difference for Gore's non-profit The Alliance for Climate Protection. She also was named Eco-Hero of the Planet by the UK's Independent in July 2007. Sethi has moderated panels for the White House Symposium GreenGov, and hosted a forum on global warming. Recently, she has been a featured speaker at SXSW Eco’s 2011 Conference, a moderator at Slow Money’s 2011 National Gathering, and a presenter at WiserTuesdays in Paris. She has been identified in Vanity Fair's Women's Impact Report as an environmental woman of impact, alongside Laurie David, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Sheryl Crow. Sethi also made the 2008 Best Dressed Environmental List, and was featured on Earth First's 2008 Who's Who in Green List.

Sethi has appeared as an environmental expert on various TV programs including The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show
The Ellen DeGeneres Show
The Ellen DeGeneres Show, often shortened to Ellen, is an American television talk show hosted by comedian/actress Ellen DeGeneres. Debuting on September 8, 2003, it is produced by Telepictures and airs in syndication, including stations owned by NBC Universal. For its first five seasons, the show...

and Martha
Martha (TV series)
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. She has contributed to NBC Nightly News
NBC Nightly News
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, MSNBC, CNBC and The Today Show
The Today Show
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, and wrote/hosted the Powering the Planet series for CNBC. She is the creator of The Sundance Channel web series The Good Fight, highlighting global environmental justice efforts, and, along with Majora Carter
Majora Carter
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, was the founding host of The Sundance Channel's environmental block The Green
The Green
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. Sethi formerly served on the board of advisors for New York City-based NPR station WNYC
WNYC is a set of call letters shared by a pair of co-owned, non-profit, public radio stations located in New York City.WNYC broadcasts on the AM band at 820 kHz, and WNYC-FM is at 93.9 MHz. Both stations are members of National Public Radio and carry distinct, but similar news/talk programs...

, and on the board of directors for the National Radio Project. She is the 2009 recipient of the Smith College Medal, awarded to alumnae demonstrating extraordinary professional achievements and outstanding service to their communities. Simran won the KU Sustainability Leadership Award in 2009, and was awarded the 2010 Champion of Sustainability Award from the American College Personnel Association.

As an associate professor at the William Allen White School of Journalism & Mass Communications at the University of Kansas
University of Kansas
The University of Kansas is a public research university and the largest university in the state of Kansas. KU campuses are located in Lawrence, Wichita, Overland Park, and Kansas City, Kansas with the main campus being located in Lawrence on Mount Oread, the highest point in Lawrence. The...

, Sethi teaches courses on sustainability and environmental communications. She served on the Sustainability Advisory Board for the City of Lawrence, Kansas, and is the former chair of the City’s working group on climate change policy, education and outreach. Sethi was a contributing editor for Mother Earth News. She has created a series of blog posts on products' life cycles and the impacts of everyday consumption for The Huffington Post
The Huffington Post
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 and wrote about her eco-friendly home renovations in a year-long series for Her posts are also featured on The Healthy House Institute website, and she served on HHI's advisory board. Sethi also serves on the advisory board for the Glynwood Institute for Sustainable Food and Farming.


Sethi graduated cum laude in 1992 from Smith College
Smith College
Smith College is a private, independent women's liberal arts college located in Northampton, Massachusetts. It is the largest member of the Seven Sisters...

 with a BA in sociology
Sociology is the study of society. It is a social science—a term with which it is sometimes synonymous—which uses various methods of empirical investigation and critical analysis to develop a body of knowledge about human social activity...

 and gender studies
Gender studies
Gender studies is a field of interdisciplinary study which analyses race, ethnicity, sexuality and location.Gender study has many different forms. One view exposed by the philosopher Simone de Beauvoir said: "One is not born a woman, one becomes one"...

. In 2005, she was awarded an MBA in sustainable business by the Presidio Graduate School
Presidio School of Management
Presidio Graduate School is a higher-education institution based in San Francisco, California, offering graduate level programs in sustainable management, including those for MBA, MPA, and Executive Education...

, San Francisco.


Awards and honors


  • Ethical Markets: Growing the Green Economy, Chelsea Green Publishing, 2006, ISBN 978-1-933392-23-3 (with Hazel Henderson)


External links

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