Patricia Edmonds

Patricia Edmonds has worked as a writer, editor, co-author, and consultant for more than three decades. At National Geographic, she is senior director of short form editorial content for the magazine. She writes Basic Instincts, a monthly essay about sex in the animal kingdom, as well as other news and feature content for National Geographic print and digital platforms.

Patty previously headed the online news operation at, where she led an overhaul of the system that took NPR radio journalism online. She oversaw online news coverage of the 9/11 terrorist attacks that won Peabody, Dupont, and other journalism awards.

Patty has been a ghostwriter and editor of non-fiction books in fields as diverse as medicine, leadership, and technology. She has created content for national and international organizations, including texts displayed at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum at Ground Zero in New York City.

Patty has worked for USA TODAY, USA WEEKEND Magazine, the Knight-Ridder Washington Bureau, and the Detroit Free Press, reporting from Europe and Asia as well as throughout the United States. She has trained communicators in a variety of settings, including seminars for former Soviet-bloc journalists in the Baltic States, U.S. workshops for the National Press Foundation, and online tutorials for the journalism training organization The Poynter Institute.

An ardent foodie, Patty cooks for therapy as well as for her family and a finicky cat.