The Grio

Type of site
News website
Available in English
Owner Entertainment Studios
Created by David A. Wilson, Daniel Woolsey, Barion L. Grant
Commercial Yes

TheGrio is an American website with news, opinion, entertainment and video content geared toward left-wing African Americans.[1] Originally launched in June 2009 as a division of NBC News,[2][3] it became a division of MSNBC in 2013. It was founded by the team who created the documentary film Meeting David Wilson. In 2014, it was sold to its founders.[4] In June, 2016, Byron Allen's Entertainment Studios acquired the site.[5]


TheGrio's editorial mandate is to "focus on news and events that have a unique interest and/or pronounced impact within the national African Americans audience,"[6] offering what co-founder, and Executive Editor David Wilson feels "are underrepresented in existing national news outlets".

The website's name is derived from the word griot, the term for a West African oral historian and storyteller.[7]



  • David A. Wilson (Co-founder, Executive Editor)[8]
  • Daniel Woolsey (Co-founder, Director of Operations)[8]
  • Barion L. Grant (Co-founder, Former Director of Sales)[8]


  • Wendy L. Wilson (Managing Editor)[8]
  • Natasha Alford (Deputy Editor)[8]


  1. Kee, Tameka (10 June 2009). "Can NBCU's Succeed Where Failed?". CBS News. Retrieved March 27, 2013.
  2. "The Grio Web Site". C-SPAN Video Library, August 20, 2012.
  3. "TheGrio reveals annual Top 100 list". Today, February 4, 2013.
  4. Jordan Chariton (August 14, 2014). "NBC News Selling". TVNewser. Retrieved August 22, 2014.
  5. Debbie Emery (June 14, 2016). "Byron Allen's Entertainment Studios Acquires TheGrio". TheWrap. Retrieved August 22, 2014.
  6. Ham, Jon (August 10, 2009). "NBC’s needs diversity training". Carolina Journal Online.
  7. Mayes, Julia (October 3, 2011). "Positively Black: NBC Launches The Grio". 4 NBC New York.
  8. 1 2 3 4 5 "theGrio team". theGrio. Retrieved March 14, 2013.
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