Douglas has been active in Tucson media since 1978, when at the age of 19 he was the managing editor of the Mountain Newsreal, one of the last underground newspapers of the early ’70s counterculture. He co-founded the Tucson Weekly in 1984 after graduating from the University of Arizona, and was its editor and publisher until he sold the newspaper in 2000. In 2004 he founded the non-profit Rialto Theatre Foundation, and as its executive director oversaw a major renovation and rebranding of the venerable venue. In the fall of 2012, he returned to the media industry to help promote the local food movement and celebrate the foodways of this amazing region by founding Edible Baja Arizona, an independent and 100 percent locally-owned publication.
Gary is an internationally celebrated nature writer, food and farming activist, ethnobiologist, and national local foods icon. The recipient of a MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Award, he is the W.K. Kellogg Chair of Sustainable Food Systems at the University of Arizona. He has written nearly 30 books on food and food culture, and has been honored as a pioneer and creative force in the local food movement.