Morris was born and raised in Philadelphia. In early age he wrote for Philadelphia Inquirer's teen supplement, "Yo! Fresh Ink.". After graduation Morris joined The Boston Globe where he reviewed films, before joining the Globe, he wrote film reviews and essays for the San Francisco Examiner and the San Francisco Chronicle. In September 2016, Morris and Jenna Wortham began hosting a podcast called Still Processing, produced by The New York Times and podcasting company Pineapple Street Media.