Conniff also writes about wildlife, human cultures and other topics for Time, Smithsonian, Atlantic Monthly,The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, Audubon Magazine,Yale Environment 360,Scientific American and other publications in the United States and abroad. His magazine work in Smithsonian won the 1997 National Magazine Award, and was included in The Best American Science and Nature Writing in 2000, 2002, and 2006. Conniff is also the winner of the 2001 John Burroughs Award for Outstanding Nature Essay of the Year, a 2007 Guggenheim Fellowship, and a 2009 Loeb Journalism Award.
Conniff has been a frequent commentator on NPR and serves as a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times online. He has written and presented television shows for National Geographic Channel, TBS, Animal Planet, the BBC, and Channel Four in the UK. His television work has been nominated for an Emmy Award for distinguished achievement in writing, and he won the 1998 Wildscreen Prize for Best Natural History Television Script for the BBC show Between Pacific Tides.
- 1997 National Magazine Award
- Best American Science and Nature Writing (2000, 2002, and 2006)
- 2001 John Burroughs Award for Outstanding Nature Essay of the Year
- 2007 Guggenheim Fellowship
- 2009 Gerald Loeb Award for Online business journalism for “Middle Class Crunch”
- 2012 Alicia Patterson Journalism Fellow