Gregor Macdonald is an independent journalist covering urban development, the environment, and the energy sector. He has written for Nature, The Economist Intelligence Unit, The Financial Times of London, The Harvard Business Review, Route Fifty, The Petroleum Economist, and Talking Points Memo. He has appeared on MSNBC and Al Jazeera in the United States, BNN in Toronto, The Keiser Report in London, and RealVision TV.
His writings and views have been cited in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, NPR, WIRED, Macleans, The Toronto Globe and Mail, Foreign Policy, The Atlantic, MoneyWeek UK, The Houston Chronicle, PV Magazine, Oil And Gas Journal, and Grist. He has also made presentations: to the CFA Society of San Francisco; the ASPO Conference in Washington, DC; the What is a Green City? conference in Vancouver, BC; The Investment LAB: High-Powered, The Energy Revolution, New York, NY; and most recently, StocktoberFest, San Diego. For an excellent overview of Gregor’s views, see this 2010 interview with Chris Arkenberg.
Contact: gregor (at) gregor.us
Gregor holds a B.A. in English and Social Anthropology from Denison University, and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Iowa Writer’s Workshop. He has worked in Land Use/Environmental Law in Boston; the Television Commercial Production industry in Los Angeles; and in research at the University of California. “Alot of the work I’ve done in the past twenty-five years turns out to have centered around land, landscapes, and cities.” Gregor has also spent time teaching. In particular, advanced English for immigrant professionals in Massachusetts, and creative writing for children through the Royal Parks Education programs, in London.
He is currently based in Portland, Oregon.
From 2008 to 2011, Gregor produced two subscription newsletters for investors in the energy sector, the macro-oriented Gregor.us Monthly and the portfolio-oriented Gregor Weekly. Also, with Howard Lindzon and Philip Pearlman, Gregor developed the first internet broadcast on the StockTwits.com platform, the popular Sunday night MacroTwits Hour from 2009-2010. Gregor was named in the Top Twenty Tweeps for Keeps by Barron’s, as people to follow on the Markets and the Economy. In 2014, The Guardian UK cited Gregor as one of the top follows in Energy, on Twitter. He’s also an advisor and a member of the Blue Terminal team, concentrating on energy data.
Adjusting From an Era of Austerity to One of Major Infrastructure Ambitions – solutions to the hard problem of getting infrastructure funded and completed, from Route Fifty, January 2017.
California Dreamin’ – the resurrection of California as America’s edge leader in batteries, electric vehicles, grid solutions, and the production of solar power – a contribution to this year’s Petroleum Economist Outlook 2017, December 2016
Portland Seeks to Extend Its Proven Tech and Transit Expertise in Smart City Challenge Bid, (reporting and photographs) from Route Fifty, June 2016
Oilman at the Peak – book review of The Oracle of Oil, by Mason Inman, from Nature, April 2016
Liquid Losers -the impact on oil from increasing electrification– a contribution to this year’s Petroleum Economist Outlook | Energy, Markets, and Politics in 2016, from The Petroleum Economist, November 2015
Part of Resurgent Detroit’s Transportation Retrofit: More Bicycle Infrastructure, (reporting and photographs) from Route Fifty, October 2015
The Renewables, a Five Part Series | Part V: The Future of Energy Technology, from Talking Points Memo Prime, June 2015
The Renewables, a Five Part Series | Part IV: The High Cost of Energy Transition, from Talking Points Memo Prime, May 2015
The Renewables, a Five Part Series | Part III: Case Study – Harvesting the Sun in Los Angeles, from Talking Points Memo Prime, April 2015
The Renewables, a Five Part Series | Part II: Remaking the Map of US Energy Production, from Talking Points Memo Prime, April 2015
The Renewables, a Five Part Series | Part I: The New Kids in Town, from Talking Points Memo Prime, March 2015
How the US Energy Boom is Transforming Geopolitics, from Talking Points Memo Prime, January 2015.
From West to East, from the Economist Intelligence Unit, November 2013.
The Arctic Bites Back–For Now, from the Economist Intelligence Unit, April 2013.
Global Energy Conversation III: Nurturing Energy Innovation, a special report (free PDF) from the Economist Intelligence Unit, Spring 2013.
Gearing Down, on the changing picture of global transport and oil demand, from The Petroleum Economist, March, 2013.
Funding the Long Arc of Energy Transition, from the Economist Intelligence Unit, October 2012.