Welcome to ToddPitock.com

Forbes FYI cover photo and story, Discover and Afar cover stories by Todd Pitock.


“He is a writer of zest and élan.”
Christopher Buckley, writing in ForbesLife


“Todd Pitock demonstrates not only a tremendous grasp of thick description but also an uncanny ability to bring meaning to his travel writing.”

— Missouri School of Journalism judging the Lowell Thomas Awards.

I’m a writer for national publications. My stories, along with some of my photos that I’ve scattered through the site, have appeared in Discover, Salon, Reuters, The AtlanticForbesLife, the Wall Street Journal, Nautilus, Golf Digest, The Saturday Evening Post, the New York Times and the Washington Post, among others.


I’ve written on science, sports, politics and culture. This has gotten me around a bit — from the Arctic Circle to Antarctica, Burma, Botswana, Libya, Niger, and others. Early in my career I spent three years in South Africa and two in Israel, and I return to those places and topics fairly often.

In 2015, the Society of American Travel Writers named me the Lowell Thomas Travel Journalist of the Year and I was also honored to receive two awards from the American Society of Journalists & Authors. Previously I have won the Simon Rockower Award for investigative reporting, and received grants and fellowships from Investigative Reporters & Editors, the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, and Religion Writers of America. My work has been included in anthologies and collections including Best American Science and Nature Writing, Best Travel Writing, and Best Jewish Writing, and I’ve been a guest on national media, among them MSNBC, CBS News, the Fox News Channel, National Public Radio, Public Radio International, and Washington Post Radio, among others.

I live outside of Philadelphia.

You can reach me via email at todd@toddpitock.com
or call 610-715-9540

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