Holly Morris (author)

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Holly Morris
Holly Marie Morris

(1965-09-30) 30 September 1965 (age 54)[1]
OccupationWriter, film and TV director/producer, travel documentary host,

Holly Morris (born September 30, 1965[1]) is an American author,[2] documentary director/producer and television presenter.[3] Her articles have been published in The New York Times Book Review, More, O, Slate, The Daily Telegraph, The Week 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[4] who became a long-time sportscaster for WBBM-TV in Chicago [5] and a football color commentator with CBS Sports. Jeannie Morris is the author of the best-selling book Brian Piccolo: A Short Season,[6] the story of an American National Football League player who died of cancer at the age of 26.


She was an editorial director of the publishing company Seal Press[7] (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.[8]

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),[7] which was named a New York Times Editors' Choice.[9]

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.[3]

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).[10] She has been a correspondent for National Geographic Today and the environmental series Outdoor Investigations.[11]

In 2010, she founded PowderKeg Writers' Residency in Brooklyn, New York, New York.[12] Also in 2010, her article "A Country of Women" was published.[13] It chronicles a community of "self settlers" who live inside the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.

She directed and produced (with Anne Bogart) the 2015 documentary "The Babushkas of Chernobyl",[14] about the women of the Exclusion Zone, which premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival in June 2015.[15]

In June 2013 she delivered a TED talk on the subject at TEDGlobal in Edinburgh, Scotland.[16]

She is featured in the 2013 documentary release Gringo Trails.[17]

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
  • Gringo Trails

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)

As Documentary Subject

  • Hedgebrook: Women Authoring Change (2014)


  1. ^ a b "Excerpt: 'Adventure Divas'". Good Morning America. ABC News. October 3, 2005. Retrieved June 1, 2014. Morris, 39
  2. ^ "Holly Morris". amazon.com. Retrieved June 8, 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Holly Morris". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved June 8, 2015.
  4. ^ "Chicago Bears Franchise Encyclopedia". Pro-Football-Reference.com.
  5. ^ "Another Johnny Ends Long TV Run". The Chicago Tribune. May 25, 1992. Retrieved June 8, 2015.
  6. ^ "Brian Piccolo: A Short Season". Goodreads.com. March 15, 2004. Retrieved June 8, 2015.
  7. ^ a b Flynn, Louise Jarvis (October 16, 2005). "'Adventure Divas': Pluck Be a Lady". The New York Times. Retrieved June 1, 2014.
  8. ^ "'Adventure Divas' promotion trail leads Morris back to Seattle". seattlepi.com. October 13, 2005. Retrieved December 3, 2013.
  9. ^ "Editors' Choice". The New York Times. Retrieved December 3, 2013.
  10. ^ "Holly". The Official Globe Trekker Website. Pilotguides.com. November 29, 2013. Retrieved December 3, 2013.
  11. ^ "Outdoor Investigations". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved June 8, 2015.
  12. ^ "Holly Morris". PowderKeg. Brooklynpowderkeg.org. Retrieved December 3, 2013.
  13. ^ "A Country of Women | MORE Magazine". More.com. Archived from the original on December 11, 2013. Retrieved December 3, 2013.
  14. ^ "The Babushkas Of Chernobyl". Official Film Site. Retrieved June 8, 2015.
  15. ^ "The Babushkas Of Chernobyl World Premiere". Los Angeles Film Festival. June 14, 2015. Archived from the original on November 16, 2015. Retrieved June 8, 2015.
  16. ^ "Living in the dead zone of Chernobyl: Holly Morris at TEDGlobal 2013". TED Blog. Blog.ted.com. June 13, 2013. Retrieved December 3, 2013.
  17. ^ "About the Film". Gringo Trails. Retrieved January 12, 2015.

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