Jo Giese is an award-winning radio journalist, author, teacher, community activist, and global traveler

As a special correspondent she was part of the Peabody-award-winning team at Marketplace, public radio’s daily business show, and she’s been a contributor to This American Life.

Her non-fiction has appeared in The New York TimesThe Los Angeles TimesThe Los Angeles Review of BooksEuropean Travel & Life, Vogue, and more. 

Currently on sabbatical, she has traveled to India three times, China and Africa twice, Patagonia, and Bhutan.


As a special correspondent she was part of the Peabody award-winning team at Marketplace, public radio’s daily business show.

Her series Breaking the Mold, which featured women succeeding in male-dominated fields,  ran for three years, and was their longest running series.  This series won a EMMA—Exceptional Merit Media Award–in 2002 for Exceptional Radio Story from the National Women’s Political Caucus.

For her “superior portrayal of the changing roles of women,” Jo received a GRACIE in 2001 from the Foundation of American Women in Radio and TV.

The multi-part series she reported at Marketplace included Checking InHow Much Is That Doggie in the Window?Starting OverLife on Fire!, and Reinventing Retirement.

For This American Life with Ira Glass, she contributed a half-hour documentary Doctoring the Doctor.  You can hear this intimate story of Jo caring for her husband in the last year of his life below (starts at 06:21), or read the transcript.

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In New York City, Jo produced documentaries for PBS, WNET-TV, WNBC-TV, and was Food Editor for WNBC Nightly News.  She was also a host for SNC Cable, a consumer reporter for Group W, and a producer for the Family Channel.

Non-Fiction Writing

Jo authored A Woman’s Path (Golden/St. Martin’s) and The Good Food Compendium (Doubleday).

She is currently working on Lessons From Babe, life lessons she learned from Babe, her Mom.  Read an early published excerpt from this work-in-progress.

Jo’s writing has appeared in scores of national publications, including The New York TimesThe Los Angeles TimesThe Los Angeles Review of BooksVogueMs.UTNELA WeeklyNew WomanEuropean Travel & Life, and BARK.

She writes regularly for Buzz: Houston where Mom’s Place was published. She was a columnist for Buzz: The Talk of Los Angeles.  Her writing has also been featured in ZinkZine, a literary online magazine.

She served on the board of PEN CENTER WEST.  She taught in the UCLA Extension Writing Program, and at the Skirball Lifelong Learning Center in Los Angeles.

Community Activist

As Founder and President of the MalibuGreenMachine she helped raise $750,000 for a landscaping project on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu.

Previously, in the 90s, as part of the Venice Action Committee, she spearheaded a community effort to plant trees in Venice, California on Rose Avenue.  The mature trees, from Main Street to Lincoln Blvd, remain to this day.

She was honored by the Malibu Times as 2005 Citizen of the Year, and was honored in 2008 with a Malibu Way of Life Award.

…She lives in Southern California and Montana with her husband, Ed Warren.