Christopher D. Cook

Christopher D. Cook is an author and award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The Economist, The Nation, and Mother Jones. Christopher is the author of the acclaimed book, Diet for a Dead Planet: Big Business and the Coming Food Crisis, available in paperback. He has also written for Harper’s, The Christian Science Monitor, The American Prospect, The Progressive, Columbia Journalism Review and many others. His writing has been republished in numerous anthologies. He has also worked as a reporter forThe Oakland Tribune and United Press International and as city editor for The San Francisco Bay Guardian. He is a contributing writer for The Progressive. Reach him through

Stories & Opinion

“People-Powered” Coalition Aim to Replace Mayor Lee

San Francisco Elections 2016
You wouldn’t know it from the local media’s electoral coverage, but there are in fact 21 San Franciscans challenging Mayor Ed Lee, whose incumbency and tech-funded war chest have scared away more established contenders.

San Francisco's Cruel Day: Losing Ted & The Guardian

City Loses Tenants’ Hero and Progressive Newspaper on Same Day
On a blustery grey autumn Tuesday, October 14, heavy winds blew piles of garbage and heaps of bad news: two great pillars of San Francisco progressivism fell with brutal abruptness—a venerable community newspaper, and a man who has been central to protecting the city’s renters, and, thus, its economic and cultural diversity and vitality.

Elderly Family’s Eviction Fuels Housing Rights Movement

On a glaring-hot, near-cloudless day in San Francisco Sept. 25, an elderly Chinese American couple, Gum Gee Lee and her husband Poon Heung Lee—and their disabled 48 year-old daughter Shiuman Lee—were about to be physically removed from their home of 34 years.