Jessica Speart is an investigative journalist whose focus is on wildlife law enforcement and endangered species issues. She is the author of the highly acclaimed narrative nonfiction book WINGED OBSESSION about the world’s most notorious butterfly smuggler. The book was an Indie Next pick and has been featured on the CBS News Blog, CBS Weekend Roundup, National Geographic Weekend, the Huffington Post, the NY Post, the Miami Herald and numerous NPR stations. Film rights have been optioned.
Jessica also penned the ten-book Rachel Porter Mystery Series featuring U.S. Fish and Wildlife Agent Rachel Porter. The series was created after years of investigating wildlife and drug-trafficking crimes for such publications as The New York Times Magazine, National Wildlife, Audubon, Mother Jones, Travel & Leisure and Omni Magazine.
Jessica has lectured at the American Museum of Natural History, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, chapters of the Audubon Society, League of Women Voters and the American Association of University Women. She recently appeared in the Discovery Channel special Extreme Wildlife Smuggling.