Holly has become the go-to travel correspondent for the most intrepid assignments. She’s plied the Sahara with Niger’s Tuareg, kayaked central Africa’s Zambezi, lassoed reindeer with the Sami people, scaled the Matterhorn on a week’s notice, ridden swimming elephants in the Andamans, dodged cranky hippos, dived amidst pregnant Tiger sharks and plucked off more leaches than she’d care to remember. Along the way Holly’s indulged in many delicacies, including Arunachal Pradesh rat and juicy Paraguayan cockroach. (“Who needs flaky croissants!” she says.)
When she’s not on the road, she’s a writer & film-maker & public speaker. She is the author of Adventure Divas: Searching the Globe for a New Kind of Heroine, which chronicles her journey from desk-bound editorial director of the publishing company Seal Press, to global correspondent.
The book was named an “Editors’ Choice” and one of the year’s notable books about exploration by the New York Times. She wrote and directed its companion PBS documentary series, “Adventure Divas,” which features artists, activists and politicos making change in their home cultures of India, Iran, Cuba and New Zealand. Her recent print journalism, “A Country of Women,” won the Meredith “Creative Excellence Award,” appeared in MORE, London’s Daily Telegraph and The Week and Best Travel Literature (Travelers Tales, 2014) and is the basis of her new documentary, The Babushkas of Chernobyl. The film is about an extraordinary community of women who live inside Ukraine’s Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, and is the topic of her popular TED Talk. Her investigative journalism about the “Stalkers” of Chernobyl recently appeared in SLATE, Roads & Kingdoms, & The Independent.
Find Holly on Twitter, @HollyMorris