Jeff Wise is a print, online, and television journalist specializing in aviation, adventure, and psychology. An executive producer of the Showtime documentary feature “Gringo: The Dangerous Life of John McAfee,” he has served as an on-camera aviation analyst on CNN, Fox News and MSNBC and has appeared in documentaries on PBS, the History Channel, and the National Geographic Channel. His articles have appeared in Businessweek, New York, The New York Times, Nautilus, Men’s Journal, Popular Mechanics, Psychology Today, and many others. He is the author of Extreme Fear: The Science of Your Mind in Danger and of the Kindle Singles The Plane That Wasn’t There: Why We Haven’t Found MH370 (named the Best Kindle Single of 2015) and Fatal Descent: Andreas Lubitz and the Crash of Germanwings 9525.
A lifelong science enthusiast, he majored in evolutionary biology at Harvard, where studied with noted ethologist Bert Holldobler and ichthyologist Karel Liem. After graduating he moved to Hong Kong for five years and wrote extensively about adventure travel in Southeast Asia, Russia, and the Middle East. After returning to the United States he wrote Popular Mechanics’ “I’ll Try Anything” column, which required him to pilot a Zeppelin, scuba dive under Arctic ice, endure wilderness survival training, fly loops in a WWII fighter plane, explore the endless dark of the deep ocean, drive a tank, and spend the night in an igloo he built himself.
His writings appear frequently on the web sites of New York magazine and Popular Mechanics. His Popular Mechanics story about the doomed airliner Air France 447 was chosen as one of the 10 Best Longreads of 2011 by Longreads.com. Wise’s Popular Mechanics story “How Not to Die” was named one of NextIssue’s 32 favorite stories of 2013. His personal website has become one of the leading online forums for the investigation of MH370 and other aviation accidents, with 25,000 contributions from independent researchers around the world.
He lives in New York City with his wife and two sons. In his spare time flies small airplanes and gliders.