Naomi Arnold is an award-winning journalist based in Nelson, New Zealand. She spent five years with Fairfax in Nelson as a daily news reporter, columnist and feature writer, and has freelanced full-time since 2014. She covers everything but particularly loves stories that place people at the centre of science, the environment, and outdoor adventure. She enjoys travelling for work and has reported from Thailand, South Korea, Japan, the US, Australia, the Vancouver Winter Olympics, and Antarctica.
She was a finalist for the 2018 Voyager Media Awards Science & Technology Award; was the 2016 Lifestyle Feature Writer of the Year; the 2015 Regional Newspaper Feature Writer of the Year; won the 2013 Mayborn Literary Nonfiction personal essay prize; and is the grateful recipient of several writing grants, including third-equal runner-up for the 2018 Surrey Hotel Steve Braunias Memorial Writers Residency In Association With The Spinoff Award.
She writes most regularly for New Zealand Geographic, Wilderness, VetScript and Heritage New Zealand. Other bylines include Pacific Standard, BBC Travel, The Magazine, Jetstar magazine, Cathay Pacific's Discovery and Silkroad, Newsroom, Overland, Sunday, The Spinoff, 1972, SkySport, Pro Photographer, The Wireless, The Listener, North & South, Metro, and the New Zealand Herald.
In 2014 she founded Featured, a growing collection of New Zealand's best non-fiction, now administered by journalists Mike White and Nikki Macdonald. In mid-2016 she and The Spinoff created podcast The Get, interviewing writers and journalists about their best stories. She has appeared on panels and as an interviewer at LitCrawl, the Nelson Arts Festival and the Marlborough Book Festival, was a book reviewer for Radio New Zealand, and was the 2017 Nelson Arts Festival Readers & Writers programme coordinator.
She has a first-class honours degree in English literature from the University of Otago and a post-graduate diploma in journalism from the University of Canterbury, and has worked in South Korea as an English teacher, in Perth as an editor, and as an ice-cream scooper in her home town of Te Puke, New Zealand.