Morris was born in Chicago, Illinois, US. She is the daughter of former professional football player Johnny Morris and Jeannie Morris, a sports reporter and writer. Johnny Morris was a Chicago Bears wide receiver who became a long-time sportscaster for WBBM-TV in Chicago and a football color commentator with CBS Sports. Jeannie Morris is the author of the best-selling book Brian Piccolo: A Short Season, the story of an American National Football League player who died of cancer at the age of 26.
She was an editorial director of the publishing company Seal Press (which was acquired by Avalon in 2003 and then Perseus in 2007). As an editorial director, she acquired and edited fiction and non-fiction on diverse topics including third wave feminism, health, international politics, and travel.
She is the executive producer, writer/director and host of the eight-part PBS documentary series Adventure Divas, as well as author of Adventure Divas: Searching the Globe for a New Kind of Heroine (Random House, 2005, 2006), which was named a New York Times Editors' Choice.
As a producer and correspondent, Morris has made programs in Bangladesh, Borneo, Brazil, Cuba, Gabon, Guyana, India, Iran, Malawi, Niger, Syria, Ukraine, and Zambia, among other countries.
She is one of the main hosts of Treks in a Wild World, a Pilot Productions adventure/eco/history series, as well as one of several hosts of the television travel show Globe Trekker (also called Pilot Guides in Canada and the United States and originally broadcast as Lonely Planet). She has been a correspondent for National Geographic Today and the environmental series Outdoor Investigations.
In 2010, she founded PowderKeg Writers' Residency in Brooklyn, New York, New York. Also in 2010, her article "A Country of Women" was published. It chronicles a community of "self settlers" who live inside the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.
She directed and produced (with Anne Bogart) the 2015 documentary "The Babushkas of Chernobyl", about the women of the Exclusion Zone, which premieres at the Los Angeles Film Festival in June 2015.
In June 2013 she delivered a TED talk on the subject at TEDGlobal in Edinburgh, Scotland.
She is featured in the 2013 documentary release Gringo Trails.
Morris lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her partner Michael Kovnat and their daughter.
As director/producerThe Babushkas of Chernobyl
Adventure Divas - 8 episodes, PBS
As travel hostGlobe Trekker
Treks in a Wild World
As authorAdventure Divas: Searching the Globe for a New Kind of Heroine (2005, 2006)
Best Travel Writing: 2013 (2013)
Best Women's Travel Literature (2013)
Go Your Own Way (2007)
100 Places Every Woman Should Go (2007)
Cuba in Mind (2004)
Homefield: 9 Writers at Bat (2004)
A Woman Alone (2001)
Gifts of the Wild (1998)
Two in the Wild (1998)
Another Wilderness (1993)
Reading the Water (1993)
As editorUncommon Waters: Women Write About Fishing (1991)
A Different Angle: Fly Fishing Stories by Women (1995, 1996)
As Documentary SubjectHedgebrook: Women Authoring Change (2014)