Passion for travel and world culture has led Jarrell to over 50 countries across seven continents and 70,000 miles of tall ship voyaging (at 5 mph!). Jarrell began producing when, after 15 years in television advertising, he joined a round-the-world tall ship voyage, working as crew while creating a public radio series from such places as Easter Island, Bora Bora & Zanzibar. The series published as the audiobook Slow Dance with the Planet (HighBridge), lauded for its “excellence in narrative voice and style.”
Television works include: TUBA U: Basso Profundo (PBS), following an unlikely ensemble to Carnegie Hall (; and the double EMMY award-winning, CRANK: Darkness on the Edge of Town (APT), tracing methamphetamine's trajectory took through one rural community ( Prior was Meth in Tennessee, a news special for WKRN Nashville (ABC), nominated for a national and regional Emmys; and Change of Heart, exploring one young man's work with Cape Town's street children.
In production are Steel Hulls/Iron Wills on the iconic landmark, Cape Horn, and the last days of the Age of Sail; The Heartbeat of Jingdezhen, following one American ceramicist's work as a touchstone to traditional Chinese culture; and Bluegrass Underground, a premier music event series filmed in the Volcano Room, a near perfect acoustic chamber 333 ft. beneath the ground
Radio works include: All Things Considered; Weekend America; The World; The Savvy Traveler; Great Lakes Radio Consortium; CBC Radio One (Canada); Radio Netherlands World Service; and BBC Radio 4's Last of the Cape Horners and Tall Ship in Antarctica series.
Print/Internet work includes: National Geographic News;; Lonely Planet guidebook, Hemispheres (USA), Wingspan (Japan) and Traditional Boats and Tall Ships (UK), Italian America, Polar Times and newsprint including Houston Chronicle, New Orleans' Times Picayune, Canada's national daily Globe and Mail and many more.
Fellowships include: duPont Columbia, Vanderbilt University, Poynter Institute, New England School of Communications, PBS Quality Group, and the Tennessee Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship.
Recognition for Jarrell's work include:
EMMY - Writer, Non News Program, Mid South
EMMY - Topical Documentary, Mid South
EMMY - National Nom. – Community Service
Edward R. Murrow Award - RTNDA
CINE Golden Eagle Award (2)
Nancy Dickerson Whitehead Award
Nat'l Educational Television Assoc. NETA Award
TELLY Awards (4)
PASS Award Nat'l Council Crime & Delinquency
EMMY/Tennessee Film Comm. “Rising Star”
EMMY - Regional Nom. – Community Service
PRNDI - Public Radio News Directors (3)
AURORA Award (2)
Tennessee Associated Press (2)
Audio File's EARPHONES Award
GABRIEL Award Nomination
Tennessee Senatorial Resolution of Honor