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J. Carl Ganter

Managing Director and Co-Founder, Circle of Blue


J. Carl Ganter is founder and director of Circle of Blue, the center for frontline reporting, research, and analysis on water resource issues and their relationship to food and energy in a changing climate. Ganter is an award-winning journalist, broadcaster, and photojournalist whose work has appeared in most major magazines, newspapers, and television and radio networks. He earned his MSJ in investigative and magazine reporting at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism after graduating with honors from the University’s American Studies Program. He is past vice chairman and current member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Water Security, and is recipient of the Rockefeller Foundation Centennial Innovation Award.

Circle of Blue takes an "orbital perspective" — trendsetting and spotting strategic connections between silo'd and disparate events and ideas. We are front-line reporters, knowledge workers and wayfinders who inform policy makers and the public with timely, relevant information that leads to better decision-making in the 21st century. From global surveys to sweeping front-line reports, Circle of Blue is advancing new models that inform how governments, NGOs, corporations and individuals collaborate in the new millennium.

"From the dawn of the Internet, I've been at the forefront of digital news, from reporting and consulting to large-scale projects. With an early start (ninth grade writing obituaries for the local newspaper!), my work in one form or another has appeared in most major magazines, newspapers, and major television and radio networks. I've had humbling opportunities to directly impact lives and policy, from the front lines of AIDS in Southeast Asia for Time Magazine to the exoneration of a wrongfully convicted father (and revelation of the real murderer) in Illinois. I've also advised some of the nation’s largest news outlets, helping merge traditional and interactive newsrooms.

Since reporting water as an “axis issue” while covering the World Summit on Sustainable Development for, I've become one of the few journalists consistently at the heart of the global freshwater crisis."