If you spot a drone in the sky and the pilot on the ground stands tall at 4’10”, is wearing a sundress and has a cup of coffee nearby, then you’ve probably found Drone Girl. Drone Girl is the web, drone-flying persona of Sally French, a southern California native, journalist and “geek girl” who loves drones.
Her work has been published in major news outlets including The Wall Street Journal, MarketWatch, NPR, CNN, The BBC, Forbes, The Economist and the Orange County Register.
She is a renowned public speaker in drones. She has spoken at South by Southwest (SXSW), Harvard Business School and Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences’ “Engineering + Entrepreneurship Making Robotics Fly” event, and has led multiple seminars at conferences including InterDrone and the Commercial UAV Expo.
Sally was also named one of Fortune Magazine’s “4 top women shaping the drone industry.”
Sally first got interested in drones when she served as a photographer and producer at the Missouri School of Journalism’s drone journalism program in its inaugural year.The first “drone journalism” she did was produce a video for Harvest Public Media in which footage from a drone documents a prairie fire.
That wasn’t her first experience using atypical forms of photography. During the summer of 2012, she was thrilled to join the NBC4 Los Angeles’ Investigative Team, where she did lots of undercover reporting with hidden cameras to crack down on doctors giving away illegal medical marijuana prescriptions or a housing rental company that was cheating customers.
You can reach Sally directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Disclaimer: Drone Girl was created solely by Sally French and anything on this site is absolutely in no way affiliated with any other organizations or news outlets.