Holly Morris (author)

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This article is about Holly Morris, the American author, documentary maker, and broadcaster. For Holly Morris, the Washington, D.C. television reporter, see Holly Morris (Television Reporter).
Holly Morris (author)
Born Holly Marie Morris
c. 1966[1]
Chicago, Illinois, US
Occupation Writer, film and TV director/producer, travel documentary host

Holly Morris (born c. 1966[1]) is an American author, documentary director/producer and television presenter.[citation needed] Her articles have been published in The New York Times Book Review, More, O, and other national publications.

Early life[edit]

Morris was born in Chicago, Illinois, US. She is the daughter of former professional football player Johnny Morris and Jeannie Morris, a sports reporter and writer. Johnny Morris was a Chicago Bears wide receiver who became a long-time sportscaster for WBBM-TV in Chicago and a football color commentator with CBS Sports. Jeannie Morris is the author of the best-selling book Brian Piccolo: A Short Season, the story of an American National Football League player who died of cancer at the age of 26.


She was a editorial director of the publishing company Seal Press[2] (which was acquired by Avalon in 2003 and then Perseus in 2007). As an editorial director, she acquired and edited fiction and non-fiction on diverse topics including third wave feminism, health, international politics, and travel.[3]

She is the executive producer, writer/director and host of the eight-part PBS documentary series Adventure Divas, as well as author of Adventure Divas: Searching the Globe for a New Kind of Heroine (Random House, 2005, 2006),[2] which was named a New York Times Editors' Choice.[4]

As a producer and correspondent, Morris has made programs in Bangladesh, Borneo, Brazil, Cuba, Gabon, Guyana, India, Iran, Malawi, Niger, Syria, Ukraine, and Zambia, among other countries.[5]

She is one of the main hosts of Treks in a Wild World, a Pilot Productions adventure/eco/history series, as well as one of several hosts of the television travel show Globe Trekker (also called Pilot Guides in Canada and the United States and originally broadcast as Lonely Planet).[6] She has been a correspondent for National Geographic Today and the environmental series Outdoor Investigations.[citation needed]

In 2010, she founded PowderKeg Writers' Residency in Brooklyn, New York, New York.[7] Also in 2010, her article "A Country of Women" was published.[8] It chronicles a community of "self settlers" who live inside the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. Along with Anne Bogart, she directed and produced The Babushkas of Chernobyl, a documentary film based on the story.[9] It is scheduled for release in 2014.

In June 2013 she delivered a TED talk on the subject at TEDGlobal in Edinburgh, Scotland.[10]

She is featured in the 2013 documentary release Gringo Trails.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Morris lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her partner Michael Kovnat and their daughter.[citation needed]


As director/producer

  • The Babushkas of Chernobyl
  • Adventure Divas - 8 episodes, PBS

As travel host

  • Globe Trekker
  • Outdoor Investigations
  • Treks in a Wild World
  • Adventure Divas

As author

  • Adventure Divas: Searching the Globe for a New Kind of Heroine (2005, 2006)
  • Best Travel Writing: 2013 (2013)
  • Best Women's Travel Literature (2013)
  • Go Your Own Way (2007)
  • 100 Places Every Woman Should Go (2007)
  • Cuba in Mind (2004)
  • Homefield: 9 Writers at Bat (2004)
  • A Woman Alone (2001)
  • Gifts of the Wild (1998)
  • Two in the Wild (1998)
  • Another Wilderness (1993)
  • Reading the Water (1993)

As editor

  • Uncommon Waters: Women Write About Fishing (1991)
  • A Different Angle: Fly Fishing Stories by Women (1995, 1996)


  1. ^ a b "Excerpt: 'Adventure Divas'". Good Morning America. ABC News. 3 October 2005. Retrieved 1 June 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Flynn, Louise Jarvis (16 October 2005). "'Adventure Divas': Pluck Be a Lady". The New York Times. Retrieved 1 June 2014. 
  3. ^ "'Adventure Divas' promotion trail leads Morris back to Seattle". seattlepi.com. October 13, 2005. Retrieved December 3, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Editors' Choice". The New York Times. Retrieved December 3, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Holly Morris". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved December 3, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Holly". The Official Globe Trekker Website. Pilotguides.com. November 29, 2013. Retrieved December 3, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Holly Morris". PowderKeg. Brooklynpowderkeg.org. Retrieved December 3, 2013. 
  8. ^ "A Country of Women | MORE Magazine". More.com. Retrieved December 3, 2013. 
  9. ^ The Babushkas of Chernobyl[dead link]
  10. ^ "Living in the dead zone of Chernobyl: Holly Morris at TEDGlobal 2013". TED Blog. Blog.ted.com. June 13, 2013. Retrieved December 3, 2013. 
  11. ^ "About the Film". Gringo Trails. November 29, 2013. Retrieved December 3, 2013. 

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