Nat Geo Live
March 28, 2019
I’ll be on stage in Washington, D.C., with photographer David Guttenfelder to talk about how we explored Tokyo—the world’s largest city—on foot for a special issue of Nat Geo magazine.
More soon …
Fieldwork / Norway
I’ll be in the Barents Sea this month aboard the icebreaker KV Svalbard to see how Norway manages, and monitors, its vast Arctic territory.
Fieldwork / Wolves
August - September
Heading to the high Arctic this month to study the white wolves of Ellesmere Island and to try to “embed” with a wolf pack…
Podcast deal with Stitcher!
Taylor and I will create a 10-part podcast that investigates an unsolved murder and dives deep into the unfinished business of race in America. Release in autumn 2019 on Stitcher …
Fieldwork / Tokyo
May - June 2018
Cities are humanity’s greatest invention, says Harvard Prof. Edward Glaeser. This month I’m going to walk across humanity’s largest invention —Tokyo—for Nat Geo’s upcoming issue on cities.
Nat Geo Wild / TV Series
Just got the green light to write a 3-part television series on Arctic wolves for NatGeo Wild. Thrilled to be heading into wolf territory soon!
Fieldwork / The Arctic
It's been a decade since my last project in Arctic. Now I'm heading for King William Island to begin working on a magazine piece.
Fieldwork / Back to Kenya
Back to a tense Nairobi to continue work on a project with Fork Films. I'll be covering second round of elections, and what comes after.
New IG Series w/ Randy Olson
New series premiering this week with Randy. We've been looking lately at water—and how it runs through our work, sometimes obviously and sometimes by its absence leaving a mark. Join us for the journey @natgeo and on our personal feeds.
Remembering the Great War
Fieldwork / Kenya
Heading to Kenya this week for a new film project with Abby Disney and Fork Films. Happy to get back to Nairobi.
New Stories @ VQR
Dispatches from Borneo
Just home from a few weeks' work in and beneath the rainforest of Borneo with photographer Carsten Peter. We're working on a story for Nat Geo about some of the largest and most spectacular caves in the world. I'll be posting short stories from the journey to Instagram. Join us @neilshea13
I've got a new series of short essays appearing in The Virginia Quarterly Review called "Subway Rorschach." First story appears in the print issue; the series will also appear on VQR's Instagram feed, @vqreview. These pieces are a bit of a shift for me; more personal.
Fieldwork / Malaysia
Truth in the Age of Trump: University of the South
April - May
Heading for Borneo to work on a story for National Geographic. My first visit to a rainforest!
March 28 - 30
I’ll be joining journalists & professors a Sewanee, The University of the South, for public panels and workshops on truth, facts + storytelling in the era of Trump.
AWP Conference / Washington, D.C
February 11, 2017
I'll be part of a panel called "Translating Iraq," with writers, poets and novelists who've worked in the country.
March 23 | 7pm
I'll be talking National Geographic, Instagram + storytelling at one of NYC's premier creative agencies.
The Dreyfoos School for the Arts: West Palm Beach
Writing from the World's Most Challenging Places: NYC
January 11 - 13, 2017
I'll be giving classes and workshops on writing, storytelling, and creativity
December 13, 2016
Talking conflict journalism @ Passion Passport's HQ
Nieman Foundation @ Harvard
Seoul Digital Forum / South Korea
October 21, 2016
I'll be at Harvard this week giving a lecture + workshop on social media and journalism
May 19 - 20, 2016
Presenting a talk on Instagram storytelling to South Korea's premier digital conference.
Passion Passport: Hong Kong + Cambodia
February 14 - 29, 2016
Travel writing workshop and social media campaign in partnership with Passion Passport + Cathay Pacific Airways.
The Power of Narrative / Boston
March 27 - 29, 2015
I'll be giving presentations on conflict reporting, journalism + memory, and social media storytelling at this conference.