Neil is an award-winning writer whose work regularly appears in National Geographic. He's a contributing editor with The Virginia Quarterly Review and The American Scholar, and he's also written for many other publications, including The Atlantic, Foreign Policy, The Christian Science Monitor, and The Providence Journal. Neil is a pioneer in social media storytelling, specifically on Instagram, where he has led Nat Geo magazine's effort to develop short-form techniques for its immensely popular feed.
During the last few years, Neil has increasingly focused on film. In 2015 he wrote, produced and hosted his first documentary, for the Nat Geo channel's Explorer series. He's since worked as a writer, producer, and second camera on several documentaries and commercial film projects. His collaborators and clients have included Fork Films, PBS, National Geographic, Market Road Films, and Rolex. In December 2018, Nat Geo Wild approved his treatment for a 4-part wildlife documentary series. His first feature-length doc (in production) also recently won a major development grant from the Emmy-winning company Fork Films.
Neil's other work includes creative consulting and teaching. He's recently worked on social media projects with Instagram, Cathay Pacific Airways, The Atlantic Re:Think team and Passion Passport. He's taught workshops for the editorial team at Instagram, and at Harvard's Nieman Foundation for Journalism. Neil has been invited to speak about his work at universities and conferences, including TED, the Seoul Digital Forum, the Power of Narrative Conference, and the L.ink Festival in Bari, Italy. He's a visiting professor of non-fiction at Sewanee, the University of the South, and he has been an adjunct professor of journalism at Boston University.
Neil has a master's degree in journalism from Boston University, and an undergraduate degree in anthropology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. A long time ago, he worked as a carpenter, and a wilderness guide.
Neil lives in Brooklyn with his partner, Taylor Hom, and their son, Remy.