Hello there. I'm a writer living in New York City. My work is represented on several National Geographic Channel websites (including Inside Wild, Nat Geo Dogs, Mysterious Science and Inside NGC), NBC Health, ABC News, iVillage and The New York Daily News, and in Pregnancy & Newborn Magazine and Bare Essentials Magazine. I have contributed digital content for many National Geographic Channel shows over the years, including Alpha Dogs, Inside Combat Rescue, Are You Tougher Than A Boy Scout? and Untamed Americas. Notable achievements include writing content for the National Geographic Channel's Locked Up Abroad series iPad/iPhone app for three seasons and the Nat Geo Wild's Big Cat Week iPad app, and the publication of my article Researching Wild Whale Sharks on the Webby Award-nominated Great Migrations website. I recently did an on-camera travel story for Wanderfly about my wildlife expedition to Borneo.
Some of my international adventures have included tracking wild elephants through the rainforest, running with the bulls in Pamplona, touring lavender fields in Aix-en-Provence, hiking Scotland's Highland mountains, photographing orangutans in Malaysia, shopping at outdoor markets in Hong Kong, celebrating Oktoberfest in Munich, snorkeling with manatees in Florida, and swimming with whale sharks in Isla Mujeres.
Once I followed an eight-hour, overnight secret transport of a manta ray across state lines. On another trip, I was harnessed into an open-door airplane so I could snap photos of the largest whale shark aggregation on the planet. I faced my fear of sharks by swimming with seven species in an aquarium tank, got up close and personal with venomous snakes along the Kinabatangan River, and motored through a known saltwater crocodile breeding ground.
At the age of ten I completed a 210-mile, two day bike race. By twenty-five, I ran my first marathon. Next up? I want to climb the Matterhorn. The creepiest place I've ever been? Gomantong Cave. The most terrifying experiences of my life? Flying trapeze school and childbirth. I'm always up for trying new things, from aerial silks classes to beluga whale training to dog sledding. Some of the places on my travel bucket list include Iceland, South Africa, Australia and Costa Rica. I'd love to explore the Amazon River, sandboard in South America, and observe the great migration in the Seregenti.
I live in the Upper West Side with my husband, two dogs, and toddler son. I hold an MFA in Writing from the University of Arizona and am an active member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrator's (SCBWI) and Media Kitty. I'm known to live-tweet events, like BookExpo America, the International Contemporary Furniture Fair, and the New York Baby Show. From time to time, I also test out baby and travel-related products and attend media receptions in Manhattan. I love modern design and Pregnancy & Newborn Magazine recently featured my son's nursery on their website.
Editors, travel industry professionals, and those in league with wildlife conservation are welcome to contact me about potential assignments. If my schedule permits, I enjoy speaking and Skyping with classrooms around the globe, so educators can email me about potential visits as well. You can follow my travel, writing & fitness adventures on Twitter @Jodi_Kendall and my award-nominated blog.