neil shea

Neil Shea is a writer and filmmaker based in Brooklyn. His stories regularly appear in National Geographic, and he's a contributing editor with The Virginia Quarterly Review and The American Scholar. He's also a creative consultant and teacher, and his clients have included Instagram, PBS, and Fork Films. See his recent TEDx talk here on innovative storytelling.


Shea writes one of those pieces that transcends the politics about the war and simply tells the kind of story people will read years from now.
— Kate Palmer, Foreign Policy

the CBC’s Front Burner pod

Who owns the Arctic?

NPR’s Marketplace

The shape of the new Arctic

Nat Geo Live!
The Tokyo Transect


Join me and photographer David Guttenfelder in Washington, D.C. where we’ll be sharing stories from our recent fieldwork in the world’s largest city.



events, travels, projects


I’ve got stories on wolves & Arctic conflict in Sept.’s Nat Geo

December 2018

My latest Arctic story voted one of Nat Geo’s best reads


Tokyo Transect:
Walking the world’s largest city


Sailing with the Norwegian coast guard aboard the icebreaker Svalbard.

March 2019

“Very old darkness” in Borneo’s underworld

Aug - Sept

I’m up on Ellesmere Island this month, working with wolves.

words / pictures

short true stories + collaborations