Jacob Resneck was born and raised in Northern California. After completing his degree at the University of Leeds in England in 2002, he began his professional career in weekly newspapers at the St. Helena Star and then Point Reyes Light in Marin County where he won a string of state and national awards that he probably should’ve saved but didn’t.
In 2005 he embarked on a cross-continent trip by freight train before getting sidetracked by the Reuters Foundation which sent him to Beirut as part of a delegation of U.S. journalists. He returned to the states and went to work in the Adirondack Mountains of New York where he worked for a the Adirondack Daily Enterprise. In 2006 he was one of two U.S. journalists sent to Austria by the International Center for Journalists where he wrote a series on climate change’s effects on the ski industries of Europe and the Northeastern United States. He returned to New York and began freelancing in public radio.
Three years later he traveled overland from Europe to the Caucasus and Middle East where he reported for U.S. and European news outlets on political upheaval in the republic of Georgia in 2009. He continued eastward where he wrote for magazines and freelanced for radio outlets in Turkey, India and Bangladesh. In 2010, he returned to the states to work as a public radio reporter in Alaska where he lived and worked on Bristol Bay, Kodiak Island and Dutch Harbor/Unalaska in the Aleutian Islands.
In 2011 he canoed from the Adirondacks in New York to Maine, the trip was the subject of a documentary that premiered paddlers festival in New York.
In spring of 2012 he moved to Istanbul working as an at-large correspondent in Turkey, Serbia, Azerbaijan, Cyprus, Ukraine, Russia, Georgia and probably a few others.
In 2015, he relocated to to Germany with his wife-to-be where they worked for a time for Deutsche Welle. They married the following year, started having kids and embarked on a new life in Southeast Alaska.
But that’s not the end of the story. It’s still being written.