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James Conaway
TC 03, 05, 06, 07
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The last of James Conaway's series of articles in National Geographic Traveler, "Walk into America", will be published in October. Traveler will also published his feature on Baja in November, and his Portland and London features in 2009. The paperback edition of his book, Vanishing America, will be published by Counterpoint in October.
 
Kristin Ohlson
TC 08
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Kristin is the co-author of The New York Times bestseller Kabul Beauty School: An American Woman Goes Behind the Veil (Random House 2007). She is featured in Best American Travel Writing 2008.
 
Judith Fein
TC 05, 06, 07, 08
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Judith was unanimously elected First Vice President of the Travel Journalists Guild and, as The Wild Pair, is expert for TrustedAdventures.com, a consortium of eight adventure travel companies.
 
Edie Jarolim
TC 01, 03, 04, 06, 07
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Edie Jarolim has been known to be escorted to Arizona conferences by her small but opinionated terrier mix, Frankie, but this year he insisted she stay home to work on "Am I Boring My Dog", a humorous advice book slated to be published by Alpha/Penguin in 2009.
 
Allan Lynch
TC 05, 06
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Allan's fourth book, "The Nova Scotia Book of MUSTS - The 101 Places Every Nova Scotian MUST See", is being published by MacIntyre Purcell Publishing in the fall of 2008. It's a freer style of travel guide, written for residents of the province, but which should also be useful to visitors from away. Meanwhile, Allan continues to toil away for magazines like Meetings & Incentive Travel, Executive Traveler, Robb Report, Good Times and others.
 
Hilary Nangle
TC 04, 05, 06, 07, 08
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In recent months, Avalon Travel published a completely reformatted edition of Hilary's Moon Maine guidebook, and a new edition of her Moon Coastal Maine guidebook; the North American Snowsports Journalists Association presented her with her second Harold Hirsh Award for Snowsports Journalism; both Budget Travel and Coastal Living linked to her blog; and Tripso.com invited her to contribute.

 
Paul Ross
TC 05, 06, 07, 08
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Paul was unanimously elected Second Vice President of the Travel Journalists Guild.
 
Laura Byrne Paquet
8 conferences
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Laura recently launched LaVidaLocal.com, a website for people who want to "live like locals" while traveling. Want to rent a holiday apartment, arrange a home swap or dine with locals, for instance? Check out the site and its companion blog, Facing the Street, for ideas.
 
Diane Covington
TC 08
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Award winning journalist Diane Covington's feature article, "Healing from the Sea", appears in the Fall 2008 issue of Organic Spa magazine. The article focuses on four Thalassotherapy Spas in Normandy, Brittany, and Provence, France. "Voila, Black Gold", Covington's article and photos about a truffle hunt in the Dordogne Region of France, was featured in the July 2008 edition of Ventana Monthly.
 
Jodi Helmer
TC 08
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Jodi Helmer is the author of two new books on green living. The Green Year: 365 Small Things You Can Do to Make a Big Difference (Alpha, 2008) includes simple and affordable daily tips for a more eco-friendly lifestyle, and The Complete Idiot's Guide to Green Careers (Alpha, 2009) is a comprehensive compilation of careers with an environmental bent.
 
Susan R. Pollack
TC 07
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Despite a broken ankle that benched her for three months, Detroit News travel writer Susan R. Pollack had a great year, winning seven writing awards from the Society of American Travel Writers and Midwest Travel Writers Association. Her freelance work appeared in the Dallas Morning News, Rand-McNally's "Ultimate NASCAR Road Trip Guide," Visit Detroit, and Golf for Women magazine (before its unfortunate demise).
 
Debbie Abrams Kaplan
TC 08
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Debbie Abrams Kaplan started the blog, Frisco Kids, a guide to kid-friendly events and trips in the San Francisco Bay Area... and beyond. Response has been fantastic, with one editor noting "I read dozens of blogs every day looking for content for my family travel web site, and the good ones are few and far between. Trust me: this is a good one."
 
Taylor Bruce
TC 07
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After attending the Ireland Travel Classics, Taylor published a feature profile about Belfast musician Foy Vance for Paste Magazine (May 2008). He's also written about the American South for National Geographic Traveler and National Geographic Adventure. Taylor is currently a travel editor at Southern Living Magazine.
 
Gayle Keck
TC 05, 06, 07
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An essay by Gayle Keck was selected for Best Women's Travel Writing 2008. "Caramel et Miel" is the story of a virtual romance that turns all too real during a trip to France.
 
Cynthia Dial
TC 06
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As a result of Cynthia Dial's attendance at a Travel Classics conference, her "learning to surf on Duke Kahanamoku's b-day in Waikiki" humor piece was published in Hemispheres , and the re-count of my daughter's recent Puerto Vallarta wedding appeared in Destination Weddings & Honeymoons.
 
JoAnn Greco
TC 06
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Recent and upcoming travel clips include: Kyoto, Lake Como and NYC, Interiors; Denver, Hospitality Design; Scottsdale, Robb Report; Las Vegas and Bucks County, National Geographic Traveler; Venice, Toronto Globe and Mail; Philadelphia and NYC, USAirways; Japan, forbestraveler.com; Philadelphia and Kyoto, Fodor's Hot List; and Venice, Conde Nast Brides.
 
Diane Selkirk
TC 07
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Diane's first co-written book, The Vancouver Island Book of Everything (September 2008) is the most recent volume in the best selling Book of Everything Series. Her first two travel stories are coming out in More magazine this fall.
 
Karen Berger
7+ TC conferences
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Karen Berger's book Backpacking and Hiking, An Eyewitness Guide (DK), has just been translated into 12 languages, including Slovak, Hungarian, Swedish, and Czech. Karen Berger's new blog on surviving and thriving in the creative economy is at CreateWorkLive.com.

 
Kath Usitalo
TC 07
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Kath Usitalo has launched GreatLakesGazette.com, an online magazine about Michigan and the region.
 
Mary L. Peachin
TC 06
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Mary L. Peachin's book, Scuba Caribbean (University Press Florida) will be available in late December. It is a complete guide for scuba divers visiting the Caribbean. The book features island/country information, dive sites and operators, and diver-friendly accommodations.
 
Kim Knox Beckius
TC 01
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Kim Knox Beckius's sixth book, The New England Coast: The Most Spectacular Sights & Destinations, will be published this fall by Voyageur Press. This coffee table book's insightful text and exquisite photographs by William H. Johnson depict the sights and experiences that make New England's shore one of the country's most popular destinations, beloved by residents and seasonal vacationers alike.
 
Laura Deutsch
TC 08
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Laura Deutsch's humorous personal essay on mastering the art of sari wrapping in India appeared in The Christian Science Monitor in September, 2008.
 
 

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