2014 Faculty (More TBA)
Travel writer and editor. Benning is cofounder and coeditor of the online travel magazine and blog, World Hum. His writing has appeared in National Geographic Adventure, Men’s Journal, Playboy, The Washington Post, the Boston Globe, and and more. His essay "Lust in Translation" was shortlisted in The Best American Travel Writing anthology. World Hum won the gold Lowell Thomas Award for best internet travel site, and was named a Webby Honoree in the writing category. Benning is the Editor-in-Chief of SKYE on AOL. Read more >>
Author of many travel books, including A Wolverine Is Eating My Leg, Jaguars Ripped My Flesh, and Pass the Butterworms. He is an editor at large for Outside magazine, and his work appears in National Geographic Adventure, the New York Times Book Review, and other national publications. Most recently, Cahill wrote the "Introduction" for The Best Travel Writing, Volume 9: True Stories from Around the World.
National Geographic's digital nomad--always traveling and always wired. He shares his adventures as he explores great destinations around the globe on Twitter @WheresAndrew and on his blog Digital Nomad.
Author of Travel Writing and the editor of eight anthologies, including Moveable Feast, The Kindness of Strangers, and most recently, Lonely Planet Travel Writing. George writes the monthly Trip Lit column for National Geographic Traveler and is Features Editor for Gadling.com. He also edits Geographic Expeditions’ online magazine, Recce: Literary Journeys for the Discerning Traveler. Read more >>
Photojournalist, author and stage performer. His six books include the best-selling Shopping for Buddhas, The Size of the World (for which he created the first international travel blog) and Snake Lake, a travel memoir set in Kathmandu, Nepal. Greenwald’s travel stories have appeared in print and online publications worldwide, including Smithsonian, Afar, Outside, Islands, National Geographic Adventure, and Salon.
Travel writer, editor, journalist, and teacher, who has been covering the world since the 1970s. As a freelance writer for more than 30 years and syndicated columnist since 1985, Habegger's work has appeared in many major newspapers and magazines, including the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Travel & Leisure, and Outside. In 1993, he cofounded the award-winning Travelers' Tales books with James and Tim O'Reilly, and is currently executive editor. Read more >>
Founding Travel Editor of the San Francisco Examiner, a position she held on the San Francisco Examiner-Chronicle for 20 years. Hesse has contributed to several anthologies, is a co-author of travel guides to France and California, and teaches travel writing and related courses.
| ||Spud Hilton|
Travel editor at San Francisco Chronicle, where he has written about, reported on, and been hopelessly
lost in destinations on five continents. He produces the weekly Sunday Travel section’s print
edition, as well as travels, writes, and takes photos and video for the
section, and for his Bad Latitude travel blog at SFGate.com. Hilton's attempts to divine,
describe and defy the expectations of places -- from Havana's back
alleys to Genoa's cathedrals --
have earned seven Lowell Thomas Awards. Read from his blog here >>.
| ||Robert Holmes|
One of the world’s most successful and prolific travel photographers, whose career has extended over 30 years. He has been honored by the Society of American Travel Writers with their Travel Photographer of the Year Award three times, most recently in 2010. Holmes has worked for National Geographic, Geo, Saveur, Wine Spectator, Life, Time and hundreds of other major magazines and international companies. He has illustrated over 40 books and has regularly been one of the world’s best photojournalists invited to participate in the acclaimed “Day in the Life” series. Read more >>
Award-winning photographer and video producer serving the wine, food, adventure, and travel industries. Over the last decade, Johnson has created a compelling body of work for corporate, advertising, editorial, and fine art clients around the globe. Her photographs regularly appear in publications including Wine Spectator, Food and Wine, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, and the San Francisco Chronicle. Additionally, she has photographed three books: Passion for Pinot (2008), Essential Wines and Wineries of the Pacific Northwest (2010), and most recently, Spectacular Wineries of Washington (2012). Read more >>
| ||Pam Mandel|
Freelance writer and photographer. She has written travel stories for Conde Nast Traveler online, Afar, World Hum, Gadling, Perceptive Travel, and a handful of food, travel, and in-flight magazines. Additionally, Mandel has worked on two guidebooks -- British Columbia and Hawaii -- for Thomas Cook.
| ||Andrew McCarthy|
Writer, actor, and director. McCarthy is an editor-at-large with National Geographic Traveler and has written for the New York Times, The Atlantic, and the Wall Street Journal. He was named Travel Journalist of the Year in 2010. McCarthy served as Editor for Lights, Camera... Travel!, along with fellow Travel Writing Conference faculty member Don George, and recently completed his memoir The Longest Way Home. He made his acting debut at nineteen, and has appeared in dozens of films, including Pretty in Pink, and The Joy Luck Club. Read more >>
Writer, photographer and interviewer, Shapiro has written features for National Geographic Traveler, American Way, Islands, The Sun and the Washington Post. He is the author of A Sense of Place: Great Travel Writers Talk About Their Craft, Lives, and Inspiration, an essential text for aspiring travel writers. Shapiro’s story about rafting through the Grand Canyon is in The Best Travel Writing 2011. He has also contributed text and photos to the pictorial book, Guatemala: A Journey Through the Land of the Maya.
| ||Lavinia Spalding|
Editor of the 2011, 2012 and 2013 editions of The Best Women's Travel Writing. She is the author of Writing Away: A Creative Guide to Awakening the Journal-Writing Traveler and With a Measure of Grace: the Story and Recipes of a Small Town Restaurant.
| ||Tony Wheeler|
Author of the very first Lonely Planet guide, which was inspired by a trek across Asia in the early
1970s. Wheeler's new book, Dark
Lands, is a follow up to his travels along the Axis of Evil in Bad Lands. Post LP, his activities
have included the Planet Wheeler Foundation, the Wheeler Centre for
Books, Writing & Ideas in Melbourne, and Global Heritage Fund. Wheeler is also part owner of Australia's Text Publishing, the original publisher of the
best-selling novel The Rosie Project. Read more >>