Behind Drone Girl: a bio

headshot_sallyIf 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

*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.

15 thoughts on “Behind Drone Girl: a bio”

  1. Hey Drone Girl,
    I went to Mizzou too. But, probably much earlier than you. Mizzou was a blast and I was a bartender at Harpos, lived at the KA house, and played on the Rugby team. Anyway, you missed one type of drone user, the Adventurer. This is the person who wants to explore wild areas in more depth and see things that are too inaccessable for them to get to. This person would use a 4 wheeler to get to remote areas and then a drone to get to the even more remote areas. I don’t own one yet, but you have inspired me to get one. Then I am off to the west Texas areas to look down from high rocks using my drone. I would very much appreciate your input on the best models to do this with. I am not interested in anything that carries cargo, just a camera.

  2. Sally, I have an application for drones which could save lives. I would like to talk to you
    to see if you are interested in working on my project. I need a drone that can carry
    a two pound load. Please call me at 714-6245350.
    I explain more when I talk to you.
    thanks Rich

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