Neil is an award-winning writer who focusses on stories that explore how culture is transformed by conflict—whether it’s an attack by ISIS forces in Kurdistan, the construction of an enormous hydropower dam in remotest Ethiopia, or the disappearance of sea ice from the High Arctic. His work spans print, film, and social media and for more than a decade he’s traveled the world for National Geographic. His film projects include documentaries for PBS, NatGeo Explorer and NatGeo Wild, Fork Films, and Rolex. He is also a pioneer in “Instagram journalism,” and has developed innovative short-story techniques for National Geographic’s immensely popular feed.
Neil recently spent weeks walking across Tokyo for National Geographic, and last year he spent two months covering the elections in Kibera, Nairobi’s largest so-called “slum.” He’s currently writing a story on the white wolves of Ellesmere Island. His directorial debut, a documentary (in production) about a refugee camp in the northern desert of Kenya, recently won a major development grant from the Emmy-winning company Fork Films. He is a contributing editor at the Virginia Quarterly Review and The American Scholar, and a visiting professor of non-fiction at Sewanee, The University of the South.
Last spring, Neil gave a TEDx talk on “quantum storytelling,” and he’s been a featured speaker at other conferences, including the Seoul Digital Forum, the Power of Narrative Conference in Boston, and the L.ink Festival in Bari, Italy. Neil has a master's degree in journalism and an undergraduate degree in anthropology. A long time ago, he worked as a wilderness guide. He lives in Brooklyn with his partner, Taylor Hom, and their son, Remy.