Hey Amarillo Podcast

Hey Amarillo is hosted and produced by Jason Boyett, an author, journalist, and professional writer based in Amarillo, Texas. He's written hundreds of articles for publications including American Cowboy, The Daily Beast, The Guardian, and Paste. Locally, he is the monthly contributing writer for Amarillo Magazine.

Recently I sat down with Jason to discuss how I found my path into wildlife while obtaining my college degree, reflect on my time with Texas Wild and wrapping up the media segments and finally, where I am headed now on my path as a freelancer.

Check out the podcast- http://heyamarillo.com/jessie-story



She Explores: Women on the Road

Exploring caves, wetlands, great deserts and beyond, Jessie Dean Story is a fearless self-taught photographer and filmmaker, finding her way to funding and the future beyond wildlife biology.


My time creating Texas Wild has been a crash course in self-taught photography, film, post production aspects, funding, grant writing, social media and public communication to cite a few.

The Outbound collective #1- Real Life Risk Of Wildlife Through The Lens Of A Wildlife Biologist

Real Life Risk Of Wildlife Through The Lens Of A Wildlife Biologist

My first article written for and featured by The Outbound Collective. Click the title to read the full article discussing the occupational risk of wildlife.

Orginally published June 14, 2016

Jessie with Mexican Free-tailed bat

Jessie with Mexican Free-tailed bat

The hat that’s seen it all


As wildlife enthusiasts and wildlife biologists, Ray and I each have put in our far share of time in the outdoors, sleeping on the ground, eating off of tailgates, trekking through blizzards, extreme heat, tropical storms and now as two gypsy wildlife filmmakers living in an RV traveling throughout Texas. This nomadic lifestyle demands a more downsized life. As a wanderer with limited space you choose a handful of items to keep with you at all times. When it comes to fieldgear, camera equipment or clothing, you will be surprised at how valuable a material item can become to you in the outdoors. A Patagonia hat I picked up in Florida a few years back on a scouting trip to Key West has become a valued item of mine. My hat has been stained by the ink of an octopus, traveled six states, lost in Lake Jessup, worn during my attempted wrangling of a 2.5 ft nurse shark and has been envenomated by a broad-banded copperhead! Last but not least, the hat gives the best advice you could receive. 

-Jessie Story

Photo by Jessie Story 2016

Texas Wild – A preview of what is to come

Latest chat with Cody MCGHEE of The Ranger

About four years ago, West Texas A&M student Jessie Story changed her major from wildlife biology to mass communication and teamed up with Ray Matlack, professor of wildlife biology at WTAMU, to create the new show.


Woman Scientist: in the field

The Story of Texas Wild’s Jessie Story

Those who work with Jessie Story in the field describe her as being a “tough-as-nails outdoors person that will sleep anywhere, work in any conditions, fears nothing (except heights a little), and is low maintenance. She can handle venomous snakes, canoes and kayaks, snorkels and films underwater, and is a capable spelunker.”


Film Showing Offers Wild Night at Cornette Library

It’s going to be a wild night at West Texas A&M University’s Cornette Library when “Texas Wild” returns with a special film presentation and photo exhibition of Texas wildlife on Tuesday, April 26. The fun begins at 6 p.m. with a reception and gallery showing followed by a film segment at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.


WTAMU Graduate Student to Receive Texas Outdoor Writer’s Scholarship

CANYON, Texas—Jessie Story, a graduate student in communication at West Texas A&M University, has been named the recipient of the Dan Klepper Memorial Scholarship from the Texas Outdoor Writer’s Association (TOWA). Story will be recognized at the association’s annual conference Feb. 25-28 in Kerrville.

The Dan Klepper Memorial Scholarship is for Texas students who are pursuing a career in the field of communication related to the outdoors, environmental conservation or wildlife management and conservation. The $2,000 scholarship honors the memory of Klepper, who was an outdoor writer for the San Antonio Express-News and one of the founders of the Texas Outdoor Writers Association.