Grant Sanders, Founder and Publisher
Grant has been a Nantucket Resident since 1994. His wife, artist Barrie Fee Sanders, was born here and they raised two children on the island. Grant fell in love with the camaraderie of annual town meeting and he created the online community, YACKon.com in 1999 to provide a town meeting atmosphere year-round. It began as a simple Yahoo Group list-serve and evolved into a bulletin board and then a full-blown web site. At one point the site averaged over 6,000 site visits a day. He shut it down in 2015, shortly after Facebook became widely used on the island. Grant was a weekly columnist and contributor for the Nantucket Independent newspaper for five years. He had a regular TV talk show called YACK On which was broadcast by Geno Geng. He has volunteered and offered creative help for a number of local non-profits including The Nantucket Community Music Center, The Lighthouse School (where is wife taught for a decade), The Nantucket Shellfish Association, Sustainable Nantucket, A Safe Place, The Nantucket Clean Team (where he served as Co-Captain for ten years), ACK•Now, The Nantucket Dreamland Foundation, The White Heron Theatre Company (where he was a founding board member), The Marine Mammal Alliance Nantucket, Out To See and several others. Prior to moving to Nantucket, he owned a successful Ad Agency in Boston and has worked in the advertising and communications world as a writer, art director, agency owner and creative director for several decades. He has won many awards for his work, including most recently, an Emmy for a documentary he helped create for the Connecticut Department of Transportation’s Homeland Security efforts, in collaboration with Connecticut Public, the local PBS affiliate. His communications firm, SAND, serves the transportation industry and other clients who seek to move people.
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