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When Greg Altman is not in New York or Eastern Long Island, you’ll likely find him roaming any corner of the world. A self proclaimed Jack-of-all-trades on the cusp of thirtydom, his experience runs from writing to consulting, photography, tortilla manufacturing, and organic farming. Currently on assignment in Brazil, he has been soaking in the sights, sounds, and smells of Bahia.  The quest to experience and capture magic through the ear or camera lens will continue to inspire his feet and pen as long as world cultures remain alive.
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Nick Anis is a computer and technology writer, author of 24 books who also writes about travel, food & wine, entertainment, skiing and family recreation. His articles can be found in Ziff-Davis, Microtimes, The Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Travel Watch, TravelGram, and Restaurant-Row. among others. He is responsible for the Restaurant Row Ethnic Dining Guide, co-published by the Long Beach Press Telegram. Nick is a member of the Computer Press Association, The International Food Wine, and Travel Writers Association (IFW&TWA), and the North American Ski Journalists Assn. (NASJA).
 
Nick can be reached at NickAnis@travel-watch.com,
Phone: 909-860-6914, Fax: 909-396-0014.
  • Richard Asaro

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    Having spent 34 years in the Coast Guard and moving over a dozen time,  he knows something about travel.  Having gotten food poisoning in Hong Kong, Singapore, Honolulu, New York and Los Angeles, he also knows something about what restaurants to avoid, as well as those to attend ... and how to deal with food poisoning.  Having retired in 1998 and enjoying travel, he knows something about doing so economically.  To say he’s an expert in any of this is wildly optimistic.  Between military cruises, business trips and recreational travel, he’s visited Europe, Africa, North and South America (Alaska and Canada), Asia and Oceania.  He enjoys fine wine and fine food, but his only work is voluntary at the Mariners Museum and Jamestown Settlement, both in the Tidewater area of Virginia.  Consequently, most of his dining is in medium priced restaurants, with an occasional foray into the American Burger Palaces.  He travels about four months a year, including weeklong bicycling tours wherein quantity has the edge over cuisine.  

    You can reach Richard at: rasaro68@pinn.net (Richard Asaro) 

  • Jim Bennett

Jim Bennett is a Food, Wine and Travel writer and photographer who also covers the ski beat.

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Will Biggins is an internationally known photographer based in Boston Massachusetts.  His subjects range from Maine lobster, high profile celebrities, obscure village peasants, and historic buildings, to breathtaking outdoor scenes.  Will's photos are considered to be among the best in the world.
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  • Laurence Civil

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    Laurence Civil is a Food, Travel & Lifestyle writer based in Bangkok Thailand. Born in Kent in south of England, he started his working life in the UK's airline industry in 1976. This allowed him to indulge his passion for travel. In the early eighties, returning from a trip to the newly opened China, he started to write about his travel experiences.  He first worked in the media of local radio in the UK before moving on to write articles for magazines in the Middle & Far East. His work has been published in Emirates In-Flight Magazine, Dubai Airport Magazine, Peninsula and Angkor - the In-flight Magazine of Royal Air Cambodge. For Laurence travel is a sensory experience. He enjoys exploring the tastes, feel, sounds and smell of the destination as well the physical characteristic. Currently he is contributing to Thailand Tatler, Bangkok Metro, Living in Thailand and Millionaire Magazine. Over the past few years there has been a meteoric growth in Thailand's Spa industry making it one of the planets top spa destination. In keeping with his philosophy of sensory travel, Laurence has been traveling the Kingdom to discover the unique qualities of each of them as they open. He is now in love with spas and has compiled a comprehensive review of the industry.  To contact Laurence Phone/Fax (66-2) 260-9912, mobile (66-1) 310-9789, email asiamed@cscoms.com and at http://www.laurencecivil.com 

     

  • Mark Dhruv

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Mark Dhruv  holds a degree in marine biology from Texas A&M. He has tried to take advantage of what he describes as "the adventurous lifestyle of a researcher." From braving 50-foot swells in the Bering Sea to analyzing tiny critters in the depths of the Sea of Cortez, his travels have just begun. An avid backpacker and outdoor enthusiast, he has trekked through India’s northern states on a shoestring budget and floated the maze of rivers in Ecuador’s Amazon Basin.

While living in Arizona, Mark divided his time between carpentry and working as a diver in the Gulf of California. Now he spends his time in the Pacific Northwest, drinking lots of coffee, kayaking the Puget Sound, and exploring Washington and British Columbia’s numerous ski resorts for that perfect run.

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Rosemary Freskos has been writing about snow sports for 20-plus years. She has contributed to several Fodor's Travel Books including chapters for the "Fodors California", "Fodors Great American Sports & Adventure Vacations" and "Fodors North American Skiing" books. She has written a variety of articles for "Las Vegas Life" magazine. A past president of North American Ski Journalists Assoc., and current board member of that organization. Rosemary resides in the great state of Texas and the best residential airpark and flys her Cessna to off-beat destinations and hide-aways best reached by private planes.
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Myrna Katz Frommer and Harvey Frommer are a wife and husband team who successfully bridge the worlds of popular culture and traditional scholarship. Co-authors of the critically acclaimed interactive oral histories It Happened in the Catskills, It Happened in Brooklyn, Growing Up Jewish in America, It Happened on Broadway, It Happened in Manhattan and It Happened in Miami , they preach what they practice as professors at Dartmouth College.

As travel writers and food critics, they have published hundreds of articles in newspapers, magazines, and on the Internet. Their interest in the intermingling of past and present in Jewish communities around the world has led to a body of work whose locales range from New Delhi to Istanbul to Sicily.

Accomplished and charismatic public speakers, the Frommers have appeared before live audiences and on the media throughout the United States lecturing on their books and travel experiences.

Harvey Frommer is an acclaimed sports journalist and historian, the author of 43 books on sports including the autobiographies of legends like Nolan Ryan, Tony Dorsett, and Red Holzman. He also authored the highly notable sports oral histories Remembering Yankee Stadium, Remembering Fenway Park and When It Was Just a Game: Remembering the First Super Bowl.

Myrna Katz Frommer is a poet and contributor to such publications as The Forward, Ha'aretz, The New York Times, and The Encyclopedia of Jewish Women.

Contact info for the Frommers: myrna.frommer@dartmouth.edu, harvey.frommer@dartmouth.edu

  • Jennifer Frommer and Jeff Schock
    Jennifer Frommer & Jeff Schock are a wife and husband team specializing in Caribbean/Mexican travel and cuisine from a multimedia perspective. Frommer is a marketing executive for one of America's leading teen magazines and former Vice President of Entertainment at Sony Music. Schock is a writer and television producer who creates entertainment programming for networks such as MTV, HBO, & the Disney Channel. Frommer and Schock are currently at work on an in-depth feature on the influence of music on Cuban culture.
  • Susan G. Sharp-Anderson 

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Susan G. Sharp-Anderson was Born in Hawaii, and has lived in many places, including the East and West Coast of the US, Switzerland and the Caribbean.  Susan loves to travel.  She has traveled by legs, horse, car, bus, train, plane, freighter, and cruise ship.  Writing about her travels and experiences has also been a pastime for her. She has three children and three grandchildren, all of whom keep her traveling to all parts of the United States for visits.

Currently, Susan lives in both St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands and Williamsport, Pennsylvania.  She is a general dentist and forensic odontologist, helping out coroners and law enforcement officials with cases requiring dental analysis.  She is also the Manager for her family run corporation.  As a member of DMORT (Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team), she is on call to assist with victim identifications in mass disasters, such as airline mishaps and terrorist bombings.

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Jon Gerloff and Esrin Gozukizil are a husband and wife team specializing in world travel and fine dining.  Jon is a writer currently working on his second novel.  Esrin works in television development for a major production company.
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    Freelance Writer, Olivier Gibbons is a contract attorney in New York City. He formerly worked as a longtime news reporter in both newspapers and television. His first job after graduating from University of Virginia in 1987, was with The Palm Beach Post as a staff writer. In 1990 he moved to Rochester, NY., where he wrote for the Democrat and Chronicle. He took a year's absence of leave to become a Kiplinger Fellow at The Ohio State University, where he earned a Master's Degree in journalism in 1994. Mr. Gibbons returned to Rochester to work as an on-air reporter at a local TV station there. While working he attended law school at State University at Buffalo Law School, obtaining his Juris Doctor in 1999. A year later Mr. Gibbons returned to the New York City-area, where he grew up. Mr. Gibbons has always enjoyed traveling, especially to the Caribbean. He has a daughter and is engaged to be married this fall. (Oct. 2002).
  • Dan Gifford

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Dan Gifford is a freelance writer living in Arlington, Virginia. Recent articles of his have appeared in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and AntiqueWeek. Dan is also the Park Expert for VacationCoach.com, where thousands of subscribers can access his advice for visiting national, state, and city parks around the world. Dan is also the founder of the Parkscapes Travel Program offered by the National Parks Conservation Association.  Parkscapes is the nation's only non-profit travel program dedicated solely to showcasing our national park system. 

Bob Goligoski, a ski and travel writer based in Sunnyvale, CA, has covered the ski industry for more than 25 years. He formerly was a ski columnist for the St. Paul Dispatch and the San Jose Mercury News and also has written stories for Ski Magazine, Ski Area Management, Ambassador, California Journal, Kirkwood Times and the Palo Alto Times Tribune. He was a reporter with Knight-Ridder Newspapers and several trade publications for 22 years.

Goligoski, an avid skier, has skied at more than 90 resorts in the United States and Europe. His most recent ski explorations have taken him to England, France, Switzerland, Spain and Italy. bgoligoski@sandisk.com.

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Mark Glass is a Mark Glass is a freelance writer and broadcaster, based in St. Louis, covering travel, entertainment and professional sports for his readers
and listeners.. For the last fifteen years, he's written and broadcast features on travel, entertainment and sports, while maintaining his law practice in the St. Louis area.

He's written a weekly Arts, Entertainment and Leisure newspaper column; he's produced and hosted "Faraway Places" - a weekly call-in travel program for several area radio stations, and contributed to numerous publications, locally and elsewhere, including The Chicago Tribune, Dallas Lifestyles and the Nashville Business Journal.

His travel and entertainment features have aired on National Public Radio's "The Savvy Traveler", and a nationally-syndicated show on the Sun Radio Network. He is a director (and past vice-president) of the International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association.

Arnie Greenberg is a retired professor and freelance writer. He spent 37 years lecturing in Montreal schools as a History Dep’t Head followed by 25 years at Vanier College’s Department of HUMANITIES.

He holds degrees & certificates from Macdonald College, Concordia University and McGill University. As head of the award winning Canadian Studies Dep’t. ( for one term) and also head of Environmental Studies, he taught and wrote mostly about modern Europe. His main topic of research was Paris in the Twenties, especially the circle of writers and artists in the Gertrude Stein circle like Hemingway, Picasso, Cezanne and Sherwood Anderson and many other expatriates who changed art and literature after WWI.

While teaching, he wrote and produced over 1200 television shows for the Canadian Broadcasting System, mostly for young people. He has also written many novels, texts and two plays.  GODDY: A PLAY is about Gertrude and Hemingway and was staged in the 90s at the Wilhelma Theater in Stuttgart. He also wrote PICASSO: THE MAN WHO PAINTED HELL.

For the past 15 years he has operated a tour company and has taken groups to France, many times, Italy, Sicily, Greece and the islands, Turkey, Hungary, Austria, the Czech Republic, Russia twice India, Thailand and China twice.

After a farewell tour of India and France this past year, Arnie has decided to devote his time to writing for travel journals about the places he’s been to with tours and on his own. Every year he visits and researches another country with his wife. She too is a retired educator. This year they will specialize in Argentina

Other writing credits include Double Deception about a Picasso painting of Gertrude Stein and A Man of Taste about a missing De Vinci drawing in France, where the artist died. (THESE TWO NOVELS ARE AVAIABLE FOR READERS, FREE OF CHARGE). Write to him at ultours1@gmail.com for the web site number where they can be seen.)

Living in Canada gives Arnie a special view of the world from a vast and beautiful country, blessed with four distinctive seasons. He has a special understanding of the relationship between Canada, The United States and Europe or Asia.

He spent his formative years and 22 adult years in the Laurentian Mountains beside a pristine, trout-filled lake. He now lives in Montreal.

Arnie’s position in the Humanities Dep’t. fed his need to be eclectic. He has appeared in eight productions of Gilbert and Sullivan operettas and spends his spare time painting and working on black and white ink drawings of European buildings.

He and his wife, Dana, have three grown children in Montreal, Vancouver (a granddaughter was recently added) and London England.

His current writing project “The Conundrum”, concerns a modern day “sleuth” solving a mystery in Montreal during the years of upheaval after 1970.

He latest project is a personal web site that features different holiday suggestions every few weeks. It tells the reader, where to go, when to go and how to go. Look for it at www.top-travel-ideas.com.


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Monica Gronlund is a Swedish freelance journalist. She have ten years of experience in journalistic full time work on daily papers in Sweden. She has written some articles for American magazines, but most of my works are sold to various Swedish magazines and papers. She would however like to write for more English speaking medias, as she really does love the English language. Monica is also experienced in photographing and considers herself a reporting photographer as well as a writer.  Monica takes digital pictures and has  found this kind of media easy to handle and flexible to work with.  Her writing is engaging interesting, and covers everything from skiing in the snowy mountains to hot political news etc. Monica lives in a poorly populated area (Herjedalen) where tourism is the biggest income source. (In Herjedalen there is one square kilometer of land per citizen.)  

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Duff Gyr is a writer, biologist, and educator with eighteen years of experience living in and exploring Europe. He is " coming out of a closet of writing for a tight circle of close friends and enemies; working on writing that rings true." Duff''s professional publications include essays in the International Schools Journal and environmental work for The World Wide Fund for Nature. He is working as well on articles and creative non-fiction for adventure, travel, and lifestyle magazines and also has projects for fiction. (More about the writer.)

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Dr. Greg Hampikian is a food, wine, and travel writer. Dr. Hampikian is an Associate Professor Genetics, Clayton State, Playwright, Poet, Essayist, Sex-educator, Forensic science teacher. He has appeared on 20/20, Good Morning America, Fox News Atlanta. Written for The Atlanta Journal and Constitution, Hartford Courant, Nature, Georgia Journal.

You can reach Dr. Hampikian at: greghampikian@mail.clayton.edu (Dr. Greg Hampikian) 

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Ron Hodges is Executive Director of the International Food Wine and Travel Writers Association and Co-Publisher of Restaurant Row Magazine and Restaurant-Row Online.

You can reach Ron Hodges at res0ixwo@verizon.net (Ron Hodges)

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A Food, Wine and Travel writer, Jamieson Haverkampf lives in San Francisco.  A recent escapee from the East Coast, she takes full advantage of her new travel opportunities close and far from home. Scouring Parisian fleas, Back roads biking trips in Holland, the California Wine Country and Maine, to driving an RV for a week in the south island of New Zealand - she enjoys it all. Back home in  California she illustrates and contributes regularly to various travel/ nightlife websites.

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R Sky Kogachi understands contemporary styles. He holds degrees in Architecture, East Asian Languages and Culture, and Industrial Design from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, Waseda University in Tokyo, Cambridge University in England, and Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Besides practicing architecture, interior, furniture and graphic design, he also writes food, wine and travel articles, as well as poetry and short fiction. Sky draws the large picture from the small details, through hawk eyes, heavy research, and active contemplation. His professional core is balanced with his personal passions - swimming, rock climbing, snow skiing, cooking, nutrition and protecting the environment. Sky walks the earth; this is his home.

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Belkis Kambach is a travel writer whose addiction to adventure and love of animals has sent her exploring the more off-beat paths around the globe. Pursuing dolphins, manatees, sharks and whales around the globe have become her silent obsession. 

As a Travel Writer she regularly contributes to thirty-five publications with a combined circulation of several million readers. She is the Travel Editor of FINLAND-USA in Helsinki, Greenline, Contemporary Bride of New York and Cruise-letter.com. Her credits include Epicurean, Toronto's Globe and the Mail, France Today, Naturally, Attitudes & Latitudes The Resident, Care City, Caribbean and Cruise travel, GORP, New Traveler, Tropical Fish Hobbyist, Reptiles & Amphibian Hobbyist. Her works have also appeared in The Tico Times, and International Living,Travel World International.

Member: The World Federation of Travel Writers (FIJET) . The Switzerland Travel Writers & Journalists Club (STW) . International Council of the World Organization of the Periodical Presse (OMPP) .North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA) . and East-West News Bureau (EWNB). Belkis can be reached at travelwriter@att.net , or through her Web page, at http://home.att.net/~travelwriter/

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Dipika Kohli is a food wine and travel writer.

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Megan Kopp writes to finance a travel habit. From the backroads and hamlets of her home province of Alberta, to the caverns and canyons of Utah, she's traveled extensively through Western Canada and the United States. She's tramped through New Zealand; climbed volcanoes near Mexico City and Antigua, Guatemala; slept in a stone hut at 11,000 ft. in Costa Rica and snorkeled off the coast of Belize. An avid outdoors person, she enjoys canoeing, backpacking, backcountry skiing and bicycling. Her work has been published in a variety of print and online markets including Reader’s Digest, Canadian Living, Western People, DogGone, Western Parent, and Traveling Today

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After completing a degree in Anthropology at the University 
of Edinburgh and traveling extensively across Africa, Asia and the Middle East Emma Lewis settled down working for a publishing house in London. The travel bug loomed again and she set off with her boyfriend in tow to live in Singapore, and explore the surrounding region. Emma's great hobby is food, she equally enjoys cooking and having food cooked for her in restaurants and she has taken a number of cooking courses to help her on my way.

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Martin Li is a freelance travel and lifestyles writer based in London. Born in Hong Kong, his family moved to London when he was three. After graduating from Cambridge University with a degree in physics, Martin worked initially in financial services and capital markets, advising on corporate transactions including mergers and acquisitions, new issues, stock market fund raisings and privatisations. During this time Martin wrote and published a number of book and magazine articles on the London capital markets and international privatisation programmes.

Since giving up capital markets to concentrate on writing, Martin has focused on travel and lifestyles subjects. He writes on food, wine and travel for Travel Watch. He also regularly contributes articles to International Living, the 20-year old flagship travel publication of Agora Publishing which has over 100,000 subscribers around the world. He also occasionally contributes articles to Overseas Digest, a lifestyles newsletter serving American expatriates.

Writing subjects have been diverse, ranging from London’s best cookery schools to the unique teaching methods of one of the most effective ski teachers in the French Alps. Travel subjects of greatest interest have included hideaway destinations, adventure trips and sports travel.

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About the Author: Sam Margolis is a former Peace Corps worker who settled in Hungary after meeting a young lady who makes bridal clothes. She has her own bridal shop in Budapest, whereas he is a journalist, or more importantly President and CCM (chief coffee maker) of Chortler.com - http://www.chortler.com

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Marie Jensen A. Mariano wrote a great deal during her high school years. She would write poems, short stories and feature articles. She would also write essays for the school paper. In her college days, Marie stopped writing for a while because she focused on her studies. Her first job was teaching in a private school for girls. Part of her job was to advise or counsel the students regularly on how to deal with problems and with other aspects of life. She would likewise do the same with parents, though her meetings with the parents have not been as frequent as her meetings with the students. Marie has learned much in those three years and she plans to write a lot about her work. She took up writing again and submitted articles to local newspapers. Marie also takes time to write letters to editors or to managers of certain companies to comment on something that is of a concern to her.

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Rebecca Orczeck has traveled extensively for several years. A Pennsylvania-based food and travel writer, she has written for lifestyle publications including Brazil Magazine and Europe’s CitiWiz Wireless. Recently she has become editor of Food World, an international cuisine newsletter. She can be reached at brcjo@prodigy.net or workingwriters@yahoo.com
  • Thomas Neal

    Thomas Neal is a third year student at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan pursuing a degree in Spanish and International Relations with an emphasis on global transformations. Applying the knowledge he gained while living and traveling in the United States, Europe, and Africa he has returned to the US and taken up travel writing. Thomas possesses significant knowledge as it pertains to Spanish culture and tourism. In 2004 he completed a medieval pilgrimage in the north of Spain called the “Camino de Santiago” (St. James Way).  The route begins in the Pyrenees Mountains between France and Spain and culminates in the Galician city of Santiago, some 800km from the starting point. Thomas currently leads informational sessions related to his journey and assists those that plan to undertake the pilgrimage as well.

    Thomas loves adventure and living on the edge. Whenever he has a break from his studies you will most likely find Thomas searching out the freshest powder he can get his skis on or water skiing and playing tennis. Thomas’ true passion lies in downhill snow skiing and he quickly takes on any opportunity he has to write on US ski destinations. 

    Thomas can be reached at thomastn@umich.edu.  

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Kenneth Menkveld tours the West - often on a tandem bicycle with his friend Michele - enjoying with her their knack for discovering great eating places where many travelers would least expect them. He tells about them in his restaurant review column, "Unexpected Gems."
  • Elisa Pierandrei

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    Studying linguistics is not only invaluable in navigating our increasingly complex information society, but an intellectual and academic pursuit that has fascinated me for as long as I can remember. The choice of studying linguistics is an interest born from the fact that when you have studied five languages (I have studied Spanish and French in addition to Arabic and English and Italian that is my mother tongue), you begin to become curious about "the secret rules", the logic that exists beyond the grammar that governs the structure of a language.

    From that moment my work experience has been focused on free lance translations from English or Arabic to Italian. Thanks to an internship offered by the Italian newspaper "Internazionale" in Spring 2000, I had the chance to publish two newspaper articles translated from Arabic to Italian. 

    And yet, in spite of my past accomplishments, I now believe that the final step in my linguistic development is the Masters in "Journalism and Mass Communication" which I am currently pursuing at the American University in Cairo.

     

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    Daniel Pryden is a professional writer from northern California, frequenting the lush valleys of the Sonoma and Napa county wine country and the rugged expanse of Lake and Mendocino counties.

    In addition to covering these areas, Daniel specializes in the technology of travel - from cell phones to power outlets, from GPS to foreign Internet connections - how to stay in touch with family, friends, or colleagues.

    With experience as a computer hardware and software technician and as a technical writer, Daniel's forte is technology. But his talent is his ability to explain technology clearly and easily, showing not only what it is, but also why it matters.

     

  • Christine Roberts

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Christine Roberts has been a freelance travel writer and an active, accredited public relations 
consultant during the past 25 years during which she has visited and written articles on some 155 countries. Hobbies include photography, wildlife viewing (especially birds and bears!), hiking, gardening, painting, and of course, travel! 
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She is a member of the International Public Relations Association, the International Food Wine and Travel Writers Association, The Guild of Travel and Tourism, The Traveler's Century Club, the Association of Women Travel Executives and IFWTO, among others.

Her articles have appeared in a variety of inflight magazines, in the travel pages for medical leisure and motorist publications, daily and weekend newspapers, features in glossy women's and other specialized magazines as well as a plethora of local South African and international travel publications and a host of women's glossy created internet travel sites.

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Johanna Roughley is a Sydney-based journalist. She has worked at several community newspapers as well a newspaper association magazine as a journalist and marketer. Besides travel, her interests include reading, films, surfing the Internet and walking along coast where she lives. Johanna has a Bachelor of Arts (Communication Studies) from the University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia with a major in journalism.

Sheila Rosenberg, Ph.D., spent 35 years in Adult Education and Adult Literacy Education as a trainer, professor, administrator, instructor, and consultant. She has been a technical writer in her field for 25 years publishing in numerous workforce development, adult learning, and human resource development journals and periodicals. Traveling is her favorite hobby and past time! She has enjoyed traveling since graduating from college   when she lived and worked in South Korea and South Vietnam for two years. She has also traveled throughout the US and to Mexico, France, Germany, Japan, Hong Kong, England, Puerto Rico, and Aruba. Sheila resides in Austin, Texas where she now devotes more time as a semi-retired individual to her travels, travel writing and grandchildren! As a freelance travel writer she specializes in writing about the history and cultural aspects of a travel location including its foods, activities, music, and arts. She now is a freelance travel writer who specializes in writing about the history and cultural aspects of a travel location.

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Montgomery Sapone  grew up in San Francisco on a houseboat, child of jazz-bohemian sculptor parents. After being a teenage anarchist, she went to UC Berkeley, where she worked as a go-go dancer, an alternative radio DJ, and studied social sciences and art history.  After finishing a law degree at Harvard, she worked as a corporate attorney and then trashed the American dream by eloping to Germany.  She spent two years drinking beer, seeing opera, and skiing in obscure Alpine locations before embarking on a mad journey across the globe.  She has published widely in academic and law journals.  Her travel writing has appeared in both newspapers and websites.
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Linda-Marie Singer "The LIVEWIRE" for Travel Watch. Former President of the International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association, and created the national writers conference, "The Days of Wine & Proses." She is a travel and entertainment reporter living in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Linda-Marie Singer's bylines appear in magazines, newspapers, and online. Current travel and entertainment articles have been published in "Marie Claire" and in The Financial Times of London.  She has written for King Features Syndication where she covered national stories on prominent personalities from Diane Sawyer and Danielle Steel to Barbara Taylor Bradford and now Senator Dianne Feinstein.

Linda-Marie's biography of Elizabeth Taylor can be found on amazon.com, and her stories on both travel and show business can be found in travel-watch.com, travelspots.com, hotspots.com., and now on her website:
www.i.am/lindamarie.

she has also been read in the Reader's Digest, Los Angeles Times Syndicate, San Francisco Magazine, Dublin Times (Ireland), Let's Live! health magazine, Northern California Jewish Bulletin, Contra Costa Times, Golf Illustrated, Bay Views, and Gateway to the Bay Area.

On the World Wide Web, Linda-Marie is Travel Editor of "ChipNet" electronic magazine, and has contributed to "TravelAssist" and OMIX.

Currently, she is Entertainment Editor for the Martinez News-Gazette in the Bay Area. With America Online she is the "Travel Maven" and heads up the Travel Cafe.

Email: lindamari@aol.com - Web: http://www.i.am/lindamarie 

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Kellie K. Speed is a freelance travel writer and restaurant reviewer. Her features have been published in various publications including The Boston Globe, Cahners’ Industrial Distribution and Graphic Arts Monthly magazines and Reno Air Approach.

Kellie has reviewed numerous first-class hotels and travel destinations, including Hawaii, California, Arizona, Bermuda and Mexico, to name a few. She has also traveled internationally to Ireland, England, France, Germany, Belgium and the Czech Republic. Next year, she is planning a trip to Tahiti.

Since she is from Massachusetts, she will be providing reviews of local restaurants for Travel-Watch.

If you would like to email Kellie any suggestions or comments, please do so at kkspeed@aol.com (Kellie K. Speed).

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Frances Spiegel was born in Bushey, Hertfordshire, UK, and has made London, England, her home where she lives with her husband and children. Frances is a full-time writer and a member of The Association of Freelance Writers. Frances has written "Ride the Rocket - Toronto Enabled" - a book about Toronto that examines the city's tourist attractions, its history and architecture from the disabled perspective. Frances also writes travel features, crime fiction, autobiographical short stories, and historical theme pieces. Other interests include architecture and history, music and amateur dramatics.

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Kurt Steinbach is a computer consultant and travel writer. His travels have taken him to some of the most remote places on the globe. He has survived exotic and sometimes primitive foods, blinding sandstorms, suffocating heat,
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Mourad Teyeb

Mourad Teyeb holds degrees in English and Literature, Educational Psychology, and Computer Science.  Fluent in English, French, Arabic, German, and Italian. Mourad's, Mourad trained with the African Center for the Training and with Recycling of  Journalists, Tunisian Papers and Magazines.  In additional to journalism, Mourad has also had travel agent tour operating training.

Mourad's writing journalism experience includes working for Afrique Economique, Observateur, Reuters (Tunis Office), BBC World Service, (Tunis Office), Travel Trade Gazette" (TTG): English Travel and Tourism Magazine Edited by Miller Freeman, London, TourismeInfo, Tunis, Radio Tataouine, Tunisia, Al Bayan,a Lebanese monthly for banking and insurance and transport, and other outlets.
mweb-bw.gif (14785 bytes) Michael Webb is an internationally known expert on relationships and romance and an avid traveler. He is editor of The RoMANtic Newsletter: Hundreds of Tips for Fun & Creative Romance which has nearly 10,000 subscribers around the world and has been praised in hundreds of publications from Family Circle to the Washington Post. His bi-weekly The RoMANtic syndicated column is circulated in over 50 publications with a readership in excess of 5 million people.

Michael Webb is the author of the best-seller, The RoMANtic's Guide: Hundreds of Creative Tips for a Lifetime of Love. For thousands of romantic ideas, call 888-4ROMANTIC or visit www.TheRomantic.com. 


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Dexter Wolfe is a professional freelance writer / photographer and has written numerous travel, personality profile and historic features for magazines. He has been published in Country Living, MotorHome, Kentucky Monthly, Back Home in Kentucky, Highways, Farm Journal and Over The Back Fence magazines. He has written for the Portsmouth Daily Times, Ashland Daily Independent and the Scioto Voice newspapers. He has attended and written for travel press tours. He writes a monthly Internet column on celebrities for Suite101 for the past two years and holds a B.S. in Chemistry. 


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Bianca Wright is a freelance travel writer from South Africa. She enjoys exciting travel experiences and favors European destinations at the moment.  Her passions include good food and good entertainment, be it theatre, dance or theme park amusements.

Bianca's writing has appeared in a variety of magazines and Web sites in the US, South Africa and the UK including Cosmopolitan, Wedding Solutions, Brides and Homes and ComputorEdge. She loves to travel to multiple destinations with her husband of one year, Keith.

Web: http://www.icon.co.za/~bmt 

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