Travel Classics Alumni
Jenny Adams
Birmingham, AL
(2007, 2008) Jenny Adams specializes in bar, nightlife, food, entertainment and travel writing for a plethora of trade and consumer publications. These include Nightclub & Bar, Executive Traveler, Delta, Portico, and The Miami Herald, to name a few. Her first book, "Mixing New Orleans, Cocktails & Legends" was published in July of 2007.
Karen Asp
Fort Wayne, IN
(2006) Freelancer and fitness devotee Karen Asp covers health, fitness, nutrition and travel for numerous national publications. She's currently Allure's fitness columnist and Oxygen's sport training columnist. She also writes for AAA Living, Continental, Cooking Light, Endless Vacation, Family Circle, Fitness, Glamour, Health, InStyle, Men's Fitness, Natural Health, Newsweek, NWA Traveler, Prevention, Redbook, Self, Shape, Southwest Spirit, Spa, Woman's Day and Women's Health. She's a member of ASJA and SATW and is a certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor.
Karen Bannan
Massapequa, NY
(2002, 2003, 2006) Covering business, health, fitness, technology, and travel, Karen J. Bannan is a full-time freelance writer. Her work appears regularly in a variety of consumer, trade, and business publications including The Robb Report, Parents, Woman's Day, Crain's New York Business, Advertising Age, PC Magazine, and The New York Times, among others. Her conference appearance have resulted in sales to Executive Travel, Yankee, Moden Bride, Men's Journal, and Coastal Living. Based on Long Island, Bannan is currently working on a nonfiction book.
Kim Knox Beckius
Avon, CT
(2001) Kim Knox Beckius is a Connecticut-based writer and photographer. For more than a decade, she has provided lively weekly commentary on travel and events in the Northeast as About.com's Guide to New England Travel (gonewengland.about.com). Her six books include: "The New England Coast", "The Everything Family Guide to New England", "Backroads of New York" and "Backroads of New England".
Karen Berger
South Egremont, MA
(1999-2004, 2008) Karen Berger's book "Backpacking and Hiking, An Eyewitness Guide" (DK), has just been translated into 12 languages, including Slovak, Hungarian, Swedish, and Czech. Her new blog on surviving and thriving in the creative economy is at CreateWorkLive.com.
Reid Bramblett
Brooklyn, NY
(2003, 2006) Reid Bramblett has authored ten guidebooks for Frommer's, DK/Eyewitness, and Dummies. His weekly "The Intrepid Traveler" adventure column appears in the Chicago Daily Herald and St. Petersburg Times. He is a Contributing Editor to Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel and Concierge.com and has written for the Miami Herald, Modern Bride, and Newsweek. He has won three Lowell Thomas awards, two as travel reporter for MSNBC.com and one for his web site, Reidsguides.com, recommended by CNN, USA Today, and National Geographic Traveler.
Taylor Bruce
Birmingham, AL
(2007) Taylor Bruce has written for Oxford American, Paste, Coastal Living, and National Geographic Adventure and National Geographic Traveler. He currently covers the American South as a staff travel writer for Southern Living magazine.
Ann Cochran
Cabin John, MD
(2003, 2004, 2005, 2006) Cochran divides her time between corporate communications and feature writing that includes essays and articles on lifestyle topics such as travel and home design for regional and national magazines. Winner of a Washington Writing Prize for personal essay, Cochran serves on the board of directors of Washington Independent Writers. Her volunteer work has included the White House, a pregnancy center, and a prison ministry.
Bob Cooper
San Anselmo, CA
(2004, 2006) Bob Cooper is a San Francisco Bay Area-based freelancer who specializes in outdoor sports, active travel and spas. Recent articles have appeared in Runner's World (where he's a contributing editor), National Geographic Traveler, National Geographic Adventure, Backpacker, Best Life, and Spa. Bob's articles won 2005 and 2008 awards from ASJA and the Bay Area Travel Writers. The former executive editor of Running Times Magazine, he has written two running guidebooks, including "San Francisco Running Guide" (Human Kinetics, 1999).
Diane Covington
Nevada City, CA
(2007, 2008) Award-winning writer Diane Covington's travel features and essays have appeared in The Sun, More, Organic Spa, Ventana Monthly and many other magazines. The Sacramento Bee, the San Diego Union Tribune, the Honolulu Star Tribune, and other newspapers have featured her articles and photos. Covington received a Society for Professional Journalists award for her series of NPR commentaries on the 60th anniversary of D-Day celebrations, June 2004. Covington's article, "Finding Gilbert," an essay about love and France, was featured in the June '09 issue of Reader's Digest and voted the #1 "must read" on their website.
Wayne Curtis
New Orleans, LA
(2006) Wayne Curtis is a frequent contributor to the Atlantic Monthly, Preservation, Yankee, and Downeast. He's published several dozen travel stories in the New York Times, and his stories have also appeared in American Scholar, American Heritage, Canadian Geographic, Saveur, Smithsonian, Via (AAA), and Continental. He moved to New Orleans in 2006, but still spends summers in Maine, where he lived for nearly 20 years. Wayne's "And a Bottle of Rum: A History of the New World in Ten Cocktails" was published in 2006.
Lisa Davis
Chicago, IL
(2006) Lisa Davis, former editor of Frequent Flyer and editor/publisher of Mileage Pro: The Insider's Guide to Frequent Flyer Programs, covers business travel, spas, hotels, golf, adventure travel, destinations, and health/wellness on the road. In her monthly spa column, "Travel Well," for Justsaygo.com, Lisa reviews luxury spas. As a radio personality, Lisa is a correspondent for a Sirius Radio travel show. Lisa also reports for a syndicated newspaper column, Business Travel Report, and writes for New York Resident and Hamptons Resident.
Michael DeFreitas
(2004) Canadian-based photographer Michael DeFreitas took the honors as North America Travel Photographer of the Year for his work in various publications including: Caribbean Travel & Life, Diver Magazine, Canadian Traveller, Caribbean Travel Planner, and Delta Sky Magazine.
Nancy E. Depke
Princeton, NJ
(2006) Longtime journalist and feature writer from Princeton, NJ, Nancy was the TV critic for the Cleveland Press and society writer for the Cleveland Plain Dealer. She also owned her own PR firm, began travel writing over 10 years ago, and has written for the Plain Dealer, Ohio Motorist, National Geographic Traveler, the Akron Beacon, Cleveland Magazine, Northern Ohio Live and Jersey Magazine. She is a member of SPJ, MTWA, and NATJA.
Rachel Dickinson
Freeville, NY
(6 conferences) Rachel Dickinson writes about nature, science, birds, and travel from her big pink house in Upstate New York. Her work has appeared in numerous publications including The Atlantic, Audubon, National Geographic Traveler, Hamilton Alumni Review, and The Christian Science Monitor. Her newest book, "FALCONER ON THE EDGE: A Man, His Birds, and the Vanishing Landscape of the American West," was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in May 2009.
Denise Dube
Lexington, MA
(2003) Freelance food, feature, profile, travel and news writer Denise Dube has written for Intermezzo, Irish Intermezzo, travelgirl, and Hornpipe and is a regular contributor to the Boston Globe and small local and ethnic newspapers, managing columnist editor for JustSayGo.com, and editor and owner of Global Foodie. Her work has also been picked up by AP and National Geographic Traveler online. Denise is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the American Society of Journalists and Authors.
Amy S. Eckert
Holland, MI
(2005-2006) Rembrandt's Amsterdam, the Florida Keys via Harley, Lake Superior in a kayak and Sonoma's annual Olive Festival are just a few examples of Amy Eckert's diverse assignments this past year. Amy has written for such outlets as Shape, Men's Fitness, Golf Connoisseur, Canoe & Kayak, Wine Enthusiast, AAA magazines, AmericanStyle, LongWeekends, VisitFlorida.com, Michelin, Frommer's and Fodor's.
Judith Fein
Santa Fe, NM
(2004, 2005, 2006) Travel writer, performer, Hollywood screenwriter Judith Fein spent a decade in Europe and North Africa. A multiple award-winning travel journalist, she has contributed to over 70 publications, NPR and the BBC. Judith does travel performances and videos with husband Paul Ross. Specialties include everything surprising and exotic, culture, luxury, food, history. A travel columnist for Spirituality and Health Magazine, Judith is a pacifist and the only thing she hits is the road.
Katharine Fletcher
Quyon, Quebec, Canada
(96-2005) Katharine Fletcher is a keen outdoorswoman who is happiest in the wild, whether riding a horse, paddling a canoe, cross-country skiing, or hiking. A versatile author, freelance writer and columnist, she enjoys exploring backcountry destinations as well as unearthing the unusual in the heart of a city. Katharine has won many awards for her books and features, and in 2004 was surprised to be named by Ottawa Life Magazine as one of Ottawa's ten most accomplished professional women. She's the author of "Quebec Off the Beaten Path, 4th Ed", and contributed to Michelin's "Green Guides" for Canada and Quebec and to Rand McNally's "2007 North American Road Atlas".
Eunice Fried
New York City
(2005-2006) New York-based free-lancer Eunice Fried specializes in wine, travel, personality profiles and food. She is the wine columnist of Global Traveler, wine columnist of TravelClassics.com and director of the G.T. annual airline wine competition. Her articles have also appeared in The New York Times, Elle, More, The Preferred Way, National Geographic Traveler, Hemisperes, Business Traveler, Dallas Morning News, among other publications. Her book, "Burgundy: The Country, The Wines, The People," (1986) won three writing awards.
Melissa Gaskill
Austin, TX
(2005) A full-time freelance writer with more than 25 years of experience, Melissa Gaskill has covered outdoor/mild adventure travel, nature and the environment, health care, parenting, and other topics for publications including Family Fun, American Way, Nature Conservancy Magazine, Wildflower, NurseWeek, Texas Highways, and Texas Parks & Wildlife. Based in Austin, she's traveled extensively across the Southwest and Mexico. Her books so far include "Best Hikes with Dogs: Texas Hill Country and Coast," and "Lacrosse: A Guide for Parents."
Mickey Goodman
Marietta, GA
(2007) Award-winning freelance writer Mickey Goodman has written more than 500 articles for Reuters International, People, Veranda, Pink, Women's Wear Daily, Southern Living, Atlanta Magazine and many regionals. Vibrant modern cities, tranquil European river cruises and St. Lucia's diverse topography are among her travel favorites. She is intrigued by history and fine art but particularly enjoys discovering new friends around the globe.
Buzzy Gordon
Beverly Hills, CA
(2007) Award-winning journalist Buzzy Gordon has been a columnist for USA Today ("10 Great Places") and is currently the founding editor/publisher of JewishTraveler.net, as well as consumer affairs reporter for Johnnyjet.com. His work appears in National Geographic Traveler, The Los Angeles Times, Travel Agent Magazine, Luxury Travel Advisor, Executive Traveler, Hispanic Magazine, Americas Magazine, Globorati.com, Away.com, LuxuryWeb.com, and Jewish publications worldwide.
Margie Goldsmith
New York, NY
(12 conferences) Twice the Travel Classics contest winner, NYC-based Margie Goldsmith writes lifestyle, adventure, luxury and profiles. A contributing writer to Elite Traveler, Art & Antiques, and a columnist for Women's Running and Adventure Spa writer for healinglifestyles.com, she writes for O the Oprah Magazine, Parade, National Geographic Traveler, Town & Country, Robb Report, Islands, Wine Enthusiast, Executive Travel, and MORE. She won both the 2009 and 2008 ASJA Outstanding Article Award, is a published novelist, and has been to 115 countries and written about them all.
Kay Grant
Albuquerque, NM
(2007) Freelance travel writer, Kay Grant, has won nine writing awards in 2008. She has been published in more than 75 different publications, including SkyWest, Sunset, Creators News Syndicate, Cowboys & Indians, New Mexico Magazine, and many others. Having lived most of her life in San Francisco, Grant now resides in Albuquerque in the Land of Enchantment.
JoAnn Greco
Philadelphia, PA
(2006-2008) JoAnn Greco likes to approach her travel writing through the prism of her other interests, which include tradtional and contemporary Japanese culture, architecture and the built environment, and the arts. Her work has appeared frequently in National Geographic Traveler, CondeNastPortfolio.com, The Washington Post, The Toronto Globe and Mail, Art and Antiques, and many inflights, custom pubs, and trade magazines.
Emilie C. Harting
Philadelphia, PA
(9+ TC conferences) Emilie C. Harting's travel articles have appeared in many major publications, most recently The Boston Globe, Forbestraveler.com, National Geographic Traveler, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Continental, The Dallas Morning News, Distinction, Ladies' Home Journal, and The Los Angeles Times. She started out by writing literary guides, and now often combines history and culture with ecotourism and walking vacations.
Leah Ingram An article Leah Ingram wrote on breast cancer survivors for Triumph Magazine was honored twice for profile writing, with an APEX Award and a Magnus Opus silver medal. Forthcoming in 2007 are two of her latest books: "Tie the Knot on a Shoestring" (Alpha books, Penguin division), which focuses on planning a wedding for about $5,000; and a branded gift-giving book written for a national retailer.
Sarah Jaquay
Shaker Heights, OH
(2007) Cleveland-based freelancer Sarah Jaquay focuses on soft adventure, food, wine and features. She's a regular contributor to TheWineBuzz and Currents. She's been published in Reunions Magazine, Case Alumni Magazine and Lake Erie Living. Her TC West conference resulted in an assignment from Executive Traveler. A history buff and baseball fan, she's also a former travel columnist for The Chautauquan Daily.
Yvonne Jeffery
Calgary AB Canada
(6 TC Conferences) A Travel Classics Writers Contest winner, Yvonne specializes in travel and lifestyle feature writing, including adventure, learning and literary travel. With several books to her credit in recent years, including "The Everything Family Christmas Book" (October 2008), she recently embarked on a new adventure, becoming the Life Editor for the Calgary Herald (a Canwest newspaper), focusing on feature areas that cover how we live, from family to style to homes.
Gayle Keck
San Francisco, CA
(2005-2007) Gayle writes about travel and food--preferably both at the same time. She has sipped fermented mare's milk in Kyrgyzstan, dug for truffles in Italy, crafted wine at Napa Valley's "Crush Camp" and munched her way through every continent except Antarctica, which seems far too focused on frozen food. Read her in Gourmet, National Geographic Traveler, Islands, Executive Traveler, Four Seasons, VIA, 360, AARP, The Washington Post and "Best Women's Travel Writing 2008".
Judith Kirkwood
Fitchburg, WI
(15 TC conferences) Judy Kirkwood's favorite places range from Door County, Wisconsin, to Dalat, Vietnam. A TC attendee since 1996, her work has appeared recently in Distinction, Executive Traveler, Healing Lifestyles and Spas, Hemispheres, More, and National Geographic's Journeys of a Lifetime and Sacred Places of a Lifetime books. She specializes in spa and wellness travel and is launching a new blog, spaspot.blogspot.com.
Stephanie Ager Kirz
Bainbridge Island, WA
(2006) Author, adventuress and avid cyclist Stephanie Ager Kirz writes about subjects as diverse as "Chasing the Irish Oyster" and the "Pet Boutiques of Paris." With homes in both Arizona and the Pacific Northwest, her food and travel articles have appeared in The Boston Globe, The Seattle Times, France Magazine, Living France and Four Seasons Magazine.
Mary Beth Klatt
Chicago, IL
(2007) Freelance writer Mary Beth Klatt specializes in architecture, design and fashion, and has been published in Town & Country, Continental, Readymade, Chicago Home + Garden, Romantic Homes, USA Weekend, AARP Bulletin, MORE, and many other national publications. She has taught an Introduction to Fashion Business class at Columbia College in Chicago.
Leslie Knowlton
New York, NY
(2006) Leslie Knowlton is a journalist whose work has appeared in dozens of newspapers including the Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times and New York Daily News; and magazines such as American Health, Bottom Line/Personal, Cosmopolitan, Fitness, Folio:Magazine, New Beauty and Penthouse. Residing in New York City and on Deer Isle, Maine, she also writes for online media including Revolution Health and the New York Academy of Sciences web site. Her most recent trips were to the Galapagos and India.
Christine Koubek
North Potomac, MD
(2002 and 2003) Christine Koubek is a travel writer and essayist who specializes in family travel, getaway weekends, cruising, and special events-from Christmas at the Newport Mansions to Saratoga's August racing season. Since attending the Travel Classics conferences, her work has appeared in Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel, The Dallas Morning News, Miami Herald, Modern Bride, Washingtonian Magazine, and The Washington Post. She is a frequent contributor to CruiseCritic.com and author of "Friends, Cliques, and Peer Pressure" (2002).
Dale Ann Leatherman
Dale Ann Leatherman specializes in golf, adventure and the Caribbean for publications such as the Robb Report, Global Traveler, LINKS, Executive Traveler, AAA World, Meetings & Conventions and Continental. She is the editor of "Caribbean Escapes", an annual 400-page coffee table book on upscale island destinations. Dale is the author of "Courting Danger" (St. Martin's Press 1990), a collaboration with 1930s tennis star and WWII spy Alice Marble which is under movie option. She is vice president of the Society of American Travel Writers.
Kathy Chin Leong
Sunnyvale, CA
(2006) From having ink freeze in her pen at Quebec's Ice Hotel to casting off a falcon from an Irish castle, Kathy Chin Leong has chronicled her adventures since her first international trip to Hong Kong as a teenager where she mastered the art of haggling with street vendors. Formerly Computerworld's West Coast bureau chief, she freelances full time with published articles in the Los Angeles Times, Home Magazine, TravelAge West, Working Woman, The Traveler Magazine, San Francisco Examiner, and others.
Irene S. Levine, PhD
Chappaqua, NY
(2006) Irene S. Levine is a freelance journalist and professor at the NYU School of Medicine. Her freelance health, lifestyle and travel articles appear in the nation's leading newspapers (Chicago Tribune, Dallas Morning News, NY Times, LA Times and Washington Post), magazines (AARP Bulletin, Better Homes & Gardens, Health, Ladies Home Journal, Reader's Digest, and Segunda Juventud, and online publications (Revolution Health and OAG Frequent Flyer).
Athena F. Lucero
Sierra Madre, CA
(6 TC Conferences) Athena writes about history and culture, soft adventure, festivals and things off the beaten path. She has written stories for Distinction, More, Romantic Homes, Modern Maturity, Mountain Living and Copley News Service. She has most recently returned from an eco-tour of Mexico's Copper Canyon and celebrating festival life in Quebec City and Montreal.
Kathleen M. Mangan
Hagerstown, MD
(2006-2008) Winner of the 2007 Travel Classics Contest for Best Story on Ireland, Kathleen Mangan's work has appeared in more than 60 publications. She has been contributing editor for five magazines, including Islands, and currently edits British Motoring. She won the Best Magazine Feature award in the Caribbean Tourism Organization's 2004 travel writing competition for a Caribbean Travel & Life article.
Cathleen McCarthy
Philadelphia, PA
(2008) A design maven and adventure seeker, Cathleen McCarthy has written about heli-hiking in New Zealand, inline skate tours of the Swiss Alps and jewelry designers in Bali. Her stories appear in dozens of publications and websites, including Town & Country, Art & Antiques, Portfolio, MSN City Guides, More, US Airways and the Washington Post guidebook "Escape Plans".
Kathryn McKay
Bethesda, MD
(2004-2005) Kathryn McKay has written about everything from a bear that takes bubble baths to ideas for using Halloween candy besides eating it. But her favorite ground to cover is her hometown. She is a city expert for Home&Abroad. Her articles and essays have appeared in AmericanStyle, Family Circle, the Washington Post, the Washington Times, Baltimore magazine, Bethesda magazine, Maryland Life, discovery.com and other publications. Kathryn's latest book is "Fodor's Around Washington, D.C. with Kids, 4th Ed." (Feb. 2006).
Susan McKee
(2005, 2006) Susan McKee is an independent scholar and freelance journalist specializing in history, culture and travel. She is Editor-At-Large for Business Traveler USA, a regular columnist for Road and Travel, and writes for JaxFax, Chicago SunTimes, AAA Living, Wine Enthusiast and more. Susan was a general assignment reporter for more than a decade at a major metropolitan daily newspaper before fleeing corporate journalism for the peripatetic life of a freelancer.
Melanie Radzicki McManus
Sun Prairie, WI
(10+ TC conferences) Melanie is an avid writer and runner specializing in travel, health/fitness and art. She has written for publications such as AmericanStyle, Cooking Light, Cottage Living, Country Living, National Geographic Traveler, National Wildlife, Runner's World, and Shape, and regularly provides Sprint Smart Phone travel content. Melanie is a member of ASJA and SATW, and twice won the Travel Classics Writers Contest.
Jessica Merrill
Brooklyn, NY
(2006) Jessica Merrill is a New York City freelance writer who has written about food and travel for The New York Times, Travel & Leisure, National Geographic Traveler, Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel, Wine & Spirits, Washington Post and many others. She's also a contributing writer for the Travel + Leisure Book, "The Best of 2007: The World's Greatest Hotels, Resorts and Spas."
Michele Meyer
(2004-2006) Michele Meyer writes about upscale and honeymoon travel, fashion, beauty and health. Her credits include Travel + Leisure, InStyle, National Geographic Traveler, W, GQ, Art & Antiques, The Ritz-Carlton, Four Seasons, Allure, Metropolitan Home, Spa, Neiman Marcus The Book and Modern Bride. She served as the Houston correspondent for Lucky for a year, Allure for eight years and for Women's Wear Daily for 11 years. She has covered fashion collections in Paris, Milan, New York and Los Angeles.
Karen Misuraca
Sonoma, CA
(13 TC conferences) A resident of Sonoma in the California Wine Country, Karen Misuraca specializes in luxury resorts, golf travel and California travel. Among her several guidebooks and travel books are "Backroads of the California Coast"; "Backroads of the California Wine Country"; "Quick Escapes from San Francisco"; "Fun with the Family Northern California"; "Our San Francisco", "The 100 Best Golf Resorts of the World"; and "The California Coast". Karen's online golf travel magazine, www.BestGolfResortsofTheWorld.com, focuses on luxury golf resorts and golf communities, worldwide.
Harriet Modler
Pacific Palisades, CA
(10 TC Conferences) Four-wheel jeeping along California's San Andreas earthquake fault, wandering the gardens of Highgrove, HRH Prince Charles' Gloucestershire estate, checking out the world's most significant western arts auction, and hiking 10,000 year old petroglyph sites in Nevada are among Harriet Modler's latest travels. Recent markets include AmericanStyle, Coastal Living, Creative Living, Executive Traveler, VIA, Hemispheres, and Mountain Living. Topics include art, family travel, soft adventure, luxury travel, gaming industry destinations and collectibles.
Gladys Montgomery
West Stockbridge, MA
(2004) Gladys Montgomery began freelancing while an expatriate in Asia, where she lived for eight years. She writes intelligently about travel, indigenous cultures, art, antiques, design, architecture, preservation, business, food, and gardens. Her 100+ features include Far East Traveler, Continental, Discovery, Yankee, The Christian Science Monitor, Antiques & Fine Art, Traditional Home, Old House Interiors, and Berkshire Living. She's editor of BL Home+Garden and contributing editor for OHI's Early Homes. One of her essays appears in "Traveler's Tales: The Road Within". "Antiquing Weekends" was published in 2006.
Hilary Nangle
Waldoboro, ME
(2004-2008) Avid skier and former whitewater guide Hilary Nangle specializes in soft adventure, arts, all-things Maine, eastern Canada, and southwestern Ireland. She favors spas (especially after skiing) and savors local food finds. Her markets range alphabetically from AARP to Yankee, topically from Art & Antiques to National Geographic Adventure. She's authored three Moon guidebooks: "Coastal Maine", "Acadia National Park", and "Maine".
Deston S. Nokes
Tigard, OR
(2005-2008) Pacific Northwest writer Deston Nokes often takes a break from the clouds to write about captivating, tropical climates and to profile provocative people. Recent features include learning to surf Oahu's North Shore, ATV riding on the Oregon Dunes, recreational Portland for Alaska Airlines, Hawaii's best snorkeling spots, the resurging Portland Trailblazers, and updating "Fodor's Guide to the Pacific Northwest."
Kristin Ohlson
Cleveland Heights, OH
(2008) Kristin's articles and essays have been published in The New York Times, Salon, Gourmet, Food & Wine, Discover, Ms., Oprah, Utne, Preservation, Wildlife Conservation, American Archeology, US Airways and others. She's the author of an award-winning memoir, "Stalking the Divine", and co-author of New York Times bestselling "Kabul Beauty School: An American Woman Goes Behind the Veil". She is featured in "Best American Travel Writing 2008".
Laura Byrne Paquet
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
(8 conferences) From renting an apartment in Paris to careening through the Andes on a double-decker bus surrounded by teenage Argentinean water polo players, freelancer Laura Byrne Paquet enjoys living like a local while on the road (and writing about the experience). Her articles have appeared in more than 80 publications in Canada, the U.S. and Europe, including National Geographic Traveler, Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel, Islands, enRoute and the Ottawa Citizen.
Cleo Paskal
Montreal, Canada
(2002) Cleo's foreign and travel reporting has broadened to include coverage on the implications of environmental change. She has been made an Associate Fellow at Chatham House (the Royal Institute of International Affairs) and her book on how environmental change will affect geopolitics, "Global Warring," is due out in fall 2007. She continues her weekly column with the Toronto Star as well as contributing The Independent, The Times (UK), the BBC and many, many others.
Mary L. Peachin
Tucson, AZ
(5 conferences) Tucson native Mary L. Peachin is NBC affiliate KVOA TV travel expert. Twice a month she features a segment with photography called Where in the World is Mary. Since February 2012 she has featured Vancouver, Coronado, CA and fly fishing at Innocu Lodge in the Yukon Territory. Mary L. Peachin is also an award winning freelancer and book author
Doreen Pendgracs
Manitoba, Canada
(1998, 2005) Doreen Pendgracs is a freelance writer/photographer whose work has been published in a broad range of media including Golf Connoisseur, Highways, RV Lifestyle, German Life, Farmers' Almanac and DreamScapes. She has a strong interest in food & wine, nature & wildlife, rural lifestyle, and things generally experienced off the beaten path. Doreen paricularly enjoys island destinations and is a member of SATW, the Travel Media Association of Canada and the Professional Writers Association of Canada. Doreen co-authored the first edition of "Frommer's Newfoundland & Labrador" (2004), and has also contributed to several other books.
Susan R. Pollack
Detroit, MI
(2007) Susan R. Pollack is an award-winning travel journalist and 32-year veteran of The Detroit News, where she has covered everything from food and travel trends to art scandals and Michigan politics. She has visited 48 states, five continents and countless islands and outposts, including Madeira, Tasmania, Saba and Wales. She's a member of SATW and board member of Midwest Travel Writers Association.
Will Pollack
Atlanta, GA
(2007) Will Pollock is a generalist freelance writer, photographer and graphic designer based in Midtown Atlanta. He contributes to a number of national magazines, local newspapers and maintains a number of Web sites and blogs. He is currently working on his first book--an alternative men's personal development work of non-fiction.
Todd Pitock
Villanova, PA
(2006) Philadelphia-based freelancer Todd Pitock's features have appeared in The Washington Post, The American Lawyer, Salon, and ForbesLife (nee FYI), where he is a contributing editor. He has traveled on assignment to Israel, Iraq, Libya, France, South Africa, Niger and elsewhere, and won the 2005 Lowell Thomas Award (gold) and other prizes.
Laura Read
Tahoe City, CA
(2006) Laura Read writes and photographs for National Geographic Traveler, San Francisco Chronicle Magazine and Tahoe Quarterly, where she is a contributing editor. Her work has appeared in Sunset, San Jose Mercury News, Prime Fitness & Health, and Nevada Magazine. She helped launch Reno Magazine, and created Leaving a Tahoe Legacy. She also hikes, bikes, kayaks, and plays with her dog.
Trish Riley
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
(1999) A member of the ASJA and SEJ, Trish specializes in Florida, Family Travel, Environmental and Health Issues. Her work has also been published in E, the environmental magazine, The Miami Herald, South Florida Parenting, Family Life, Palm Beach Post's First Sunday, and many custom publications. Trish is the author of "Palm Beach, Miami & The Florida Keys" (July 2005).
Barbara Radcliffe Rogers
Richmond, NH
(2006) After 36 travel books for publishers from Frommers to Thomas Cook Guides, Barbara Radcliffe Rogers is turning to magazines, with articles in Style 1900, Modernism and Global Traveler. A monthly dining column and recent books, "Eating Napa and Sonoma" and "Eating New England", indulge her passion for food-related travel. Whether on northern Italy or her mudwalking adventures in Holland, her writing focuses on the quirky, the unexpected and the tasty.
Heidi Sander
Toronto ON, Canada
(2003, 2005, 2006) Specializing in adventure and cultural travel, Heidi has written hundreds of articles for national and international publications under her penname Katherine Jacob, and is the author of "Footsteps Along the Grand" and six Canadian best-selling trail guidebooks (proceeds donated to environmental foundations). An SATW member and York Master in Environmental Literature and Writing, Heidi's literary work is represented by Transatlantic Literary Agency in Toronto.
Diane Selkirk
Vancouver, BC
(2008) Diane Selkirk specializes in boating, soft adventure, family and green travel. She's contributed to Reader's Digest, More, Canadian Living, Canadian Family, Pacific Yachting and Northwest Palate. She's cavorted with wild ponies, made emergency repairs at sea and drunk schnapps from a newly legalized still, all for a good story. She's a recipient of the Regional Parenting Publications award for excellence in family travel writing.
Heidi Schuessler
Seattle, WA
(2000-2001) Specialized in travel, business and technology. Contributing editor to Travel Holiday magazine, frequent contributor to the "Circuits" section of the New York Times. Other clients included Sunset Magazine, Travel and Leisure, Town and Country, and Travel + Life. In February 2003 became full-time Managing Editor of Sasquatch Books in Seattle, so very little time for freelancing these days.
Michael Shapiro
Sebastopol, CA
(2008) Specializing in history, culture, literature and adventure, Shapiro writes about travel for National Geographic Traveler, Islands, Lexus, and The Sun, as well as The Washington Post and San Francisco Chronicle. His feature on Jan Morris' Wales in National Geographic Traveler (cover story, May-June 2006) won the Bedford Pace award. He is the author of "A Sense of Place: Great Travel Writers Talk About Their Craft, Lives and Inspiration." His essay, "The Longest Day" appears in "The Best Travel Writing 2005".
Peggy Shinn
Rutland, VT
(2006) Avid skier and cyclist, Peggy Shinn has written everything from gear reviews to World Cup skier profiles to travel stories. Now a mom, she has added family travel and humorous parenting essays to the mix at iamnotmymother.blogspot.com. Her markets include Executive Traveler, MSNBC.com, Skiing, Ski Press, Vermont Magazine, Connecticut Magazine, and several newspapers, including the Boston Globe. She has also contributed to Fodor's New England guidebooks, as well as several ski guidebooks covering both North America and Europe.
Peggy Sijswerda
Virginia Beach, VA
(2006, 2008) Peggy Sijswerda's engaging travel narratives have appeared in Parents, Dallas Morning News, Virginia Living, Stars and Stripes, Points North, and Big Apple Parent, among others. With an MFA in creative nonfiction, Peggy is known for her literary style and evocative voice. Recent assignments have included "The Other Napa: Argentina's Wine Trail"; "Dutch by Design"; and "Haciendas on Horseback".
Sharon Spence Lieb
Charleston, NC
(2001) Because of attending Travel Classics in November 2001, Sharon sold a story to Travel & Life called "Confessions of a Wild Woman", which became part of a portfolio of work that enabled her to win the Grand Prize as Travel Writer of the Year 2002, from North American Travel Journalists Association. Sharon just published her 65th travel feature and is still cruising Planet Earth.
Mark Spivak
Boca Raton, FL
(2007, 2008) Freelancer Mark Spivak focuses on how the unique aspects of the food and wine lifestyle intersect with travel. His work is featured monthly in the three magazines of the Palm Beach Media Group, and has also appeared in Continental, Ritz-Carlton, Art & Antiques and National Geographic Traveler. Mark hosts a weekly, wine-related talk show on the local NPR affiliate.
Theresa Storm
Calgary, Canada
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(2004) Theresa returned from the Caribbean Tourism Organization's conference in St. Thomas, where she won the Bill Baxter Canadian Travel Writer of the Year 2005 award for excellence in covering Caribbean tourism. She also won the award last year in its inaugural year. The award, based on 12 articles on the Caribbean published in 2004, is part of the Caribbean Tourism Organization's Worldwide Travel Writer/Photographer Awards.
Valerie Summers
Los Angeles, CA
(2005, 2006) New and different sights and experiences in all parts of the world makes for good copy. Valerie Summers, whose passions are travel and writing, circles the globe in search of interesting places. She has paraglided over the Alps, scuba-dived at the Great Barrier Reef, hiked in the Amazon rain forest and attended the opera at La Scala. She has also been on hand for the opening of world class museums in several countries. She prefers exploring rather than having a set itinerary to make her own discoveries.
Margaret Swaine
Toronto, Ontario
(2007) In 2008, journalist Margaret Swaine added several new regular columns to her roster of work. She's now the weekly wine columnist for the National Post, has a spa column "Paradise, Home and Away" in Reader's Digest Best Health magazine, a cocktail and spirits column in Zoomer, a golf lifestyle column in Fairways, and travel features in Elle Canada.
Linda Tagliaferro
Little Neck, NY
(6 TC conferences) Linda's 18- year career has taken her surfing in Waikiki, ziplining in Belize, and luxuriating in Tuscany's spas. Her articles appeared in The New York Times for 9 years, and she's written for Executive Traveler, Coastal Living, Art & Antiques, and more. Her 35 books for various ages include a "Complete Idiot's Guide" and an A&E Biography of Bruce Lee. Born in Brooklyn, Linda has also called Denmark, Italy and Indonesia home. She currently resides in Queens, NYC's largest borough.
Kath Usitalo
St Clair Shores, MI
(2007) A life-long Michiganian, Kath Usitalo writes about the Great Lakes State for newspapers, magazines and Web sites, and her recently-launched GreatLakesGazette.com. She also ventures into the world beyond the Sweetwater Seas and has won awards for her stories and photos. She is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers and past President of Midwest Travel Writers Association.
Diana von Welanetz Wentworth
Corona del Mar, CA
(2007) Diana Wentworth is a freelancer and the award-winning author of nine books including the bestselling "Chicken Soup for the Soul Cookbook". Her popular websites, TravelinGourmet.com (including RomanticTravelAwards.com and RomanticDiningAwards.com) feature her widely-read newsletter. As a guest chef she lectures internationally and has written for Hemispheres and for the upscale Orange County Grand Tour Magazine.
Joyce Gregory Wyels
Los Alamitos, CA
(2005) A contributing writer for Americas (Organization of American States), Joyce Gregory Wyels also freelances for several travel magazines. Her specialties are cross-cultural topics and travel articles, especially as they relate to Latin America. A member of ASJA and the Travel Journalists Guild, Joyce lives in Southern California. Her story on Mesa Verde won a gold award for environmental tourism in the 2005 Lowell Thomas Competition.
Barbara Wysocki
RockyHill, CT
(2003, 2005, 2006) Interests in travel, fiber arts, children's literature and spirituality have lead Barbara Wysocki to assignments for Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel, Art & Antiques and The Christian Science Monitor. A feature writer for Life Publishing newspapers, Wysocki's work has also appeared in Executive Traveler and New England Travel & Life. Winner of the 2004 Travel Classics Writer's Contest, she also reviews audiobooks for School Library Journal.
Ann N. Yungmeyer
Kingsport, TN
(2007) A lifelong Francophile, Ann began her freelance career covering Lance's last win at the Tour de France. She writes travel and lifestyle features for regional magazines including Marquee Mountain South, Mountain Homes, Virginia Living, Smoky Mountain Living, Blue Ridge Country and At Home Tennessee. A 2007 Travel Classics attendee, AnnŐs assignments in national publications include Golf for Women, Art and Antiques, Country Weekly and Executive Traveler.

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