Awards & Testimonials


> My 2022 story, “10 Scenic Running Paths From Around the World,” for earned the second-place award in the Outdoor Writers Association of California’s 2023 Excellence in Craft Awards in the News Articles category.

> My 2022 story about the threatened status of tule elk at Point Reyes National Seashore for MARIN LIVING MAGAZINE earned the first-place award in the Outdoor Writers Association of California’s 2022 Excellence in Craft Awards in the California Conservation Articles category.

> My story on urban art walks for the United Hub travel site earned the 2016 North American Travel Journalists Association Bronze Prize in the Travel Roundup category.

> I was a 2015 North American Travel Journalists Association Awards Finalist in these categories: Destination Travel-Domestic Newspaper (WALL STREET JOURNAL story on counterintuitive adventures), Destination Travel-Domestic Magazine (AAA HIGHROADS stories on Salzburg and southern New Mexico) and Photography-Overall Excellence-Print Publication (AAA HIGHROADS photos of Bordeaux).

> My profile of AmaWaterways executive Kristen Karst, for PORTHOLE CRUISE MAGAZINE, earned the 2014 North American Travel Journalists Association Bronze Prize in the Personality & Profiles category.

> My story on La Paz, Mexico, for SENIOR LIVING MAGAZINE, earned the 2013 North American Travel Journalists Association Silver Prize in the 50+ Travel category.

> My story on Royal Caribbean CEO Adam Goldstein, for PORTHOLE CRUISE MAGAZINE, earned the 2013 North American Travel Journalists Association Silver Prize in the Personality & Profiles category.

> My story on an inn-to-inn biking tour on Germany’s Mosel River, for ENSEMBLE VACATIONS MAGAZINE, earned the 2013 North American Travel Journalists Association Bronze Prize in the Sports & Recreation category.

> My story on dune hiking for EXPERIENCE LIFE MAGAZINE earned the “Service Travel Article” silver medal in the 2010 SATW (Society of American Travel Writers) Western Chapter Writing Awards.

> My story on marathon-training programs, for RUNNER’S WORLD MAGAZINE, earned the 2008 American Society of Journalists & Authors “Outstanding Service Article” Award.

> My SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE MAGAZINE profile of a former Microsoft executive who founded Room to Read, a charity that builds school libraries in Asian villages, earned the 2005 ASJA “Arlene Award” for stories that make a difference. (The story generated more than $100,000 in cash and in-kind contributions by readers.)

> My SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE MAGAZINE feature story on the Ventura Art Walk earned the 2005 Bay Area Travel Writers “Honorable Mention” Award for general travel articles.


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Book Passage “Path to Publishing Program.”

MEMBERSHIPS (past and current)

Bay Area Travel Writers (BATW: two-time board member)

Society of American Travel Writers (SATW)

American Society of Journalists & Authors (ASJA)

North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA)

International Travel Writers Alliance (ITWA)