2014 Faculty (Travel Writers & Photographers Conference)

2014 Faculty


Davina Baum
Has 16 years of experience in journalism, ten of those years in online content. During her tenure as managing editor at CHOW.com, the site  won a James Beard Award for Best Food Website and was twice nominated for National Magazine Awards. At AFAR, which has twice been a finalist for a National Magazine Award (Best Website, 2012 and General Excellence, Style and Design, 2013), she manages the  content strategy, including assigning and editing content from local experts all over the world. She lives in San Francisco.

 Jim Benning

Jim Benning
Deputy editor at BBC Travel. He cofounded the online travel magazine and blog, World Hum, and oversaw it at Travel Channel. His writing has appeared in National Geographic Adventure, Men’s Journal, Playboy, The Washington Post and the Boston Globe. 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 former editor-in-chief of SKYE on AOL. Read more >>


Celeste Brash
A Lonely Planet author whose articles have appeared in major publications including Lonely Planet Magazine (UK), BBC Travel, and Islands Magazine, A contributor to around 50 Lonely Planet guidebooks and Travelers Tales anthologies The World is a Kitchen and 30 Days in the South Pacific. Read more >>


Tim Cahill
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

Kimberley Cameron
Literary agent and President of Kimberley Cameron and Associates. She has been successful with many different genres, and especially loves the thrill of securing representation for debut authors. Cameron represents both fiction and nonfiction manuscripts. Read more >>

 Amy Cloughley
Literary agent Amy Cloughley joined Kimberley Cameron & Associates in 2012 with a background in editing, writing, and marketing. She seeks authors with unique, clear voices who put forth smart, tightly-written prose. She is actively building her client list with both debut and veteran writers.

Jodi Ettenberg
She is the founder of the blog Legal Nomads, which chronicles worldwide travel and food adventures. Prior to founding Legal Nomads in 2008, Jodi worked for several years as a corporate lawyer in New York City.


Andrew Evans
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



David Farley
Author of 
An Irreverent Curiosity: In Search of the Church's Strangest Relic in Italy's Oddest Town, which was recently made into a documentary by National Geographic, Farley also edited the collection of essays, Travelers' Tales Prague and the Czech Republic: True Stories. He's a Contributing Writer at AFAR magazine and his work appears in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Bon Appetit, and National Geographic Traveler. He has been anthologized in The Best American Travel Writing 2013 and The Best Travel Writing, Vol. 9, among other books. He teaches writing at New York University. 


Deanne Fitzmaurice
A Pulitzer Prize winning photographer specializing in reportage stills and motion. Her work has appeared in National Geographic, Time Magazine, Newsweek, The Economist, Stern, GEO, and numerous other publications. Her work is part of the permanent collection at the Newseum, and is also part of their traveling exhibition of Pulitzer winning photographs.

Don George
Don George
Conference Chair

Author of Lonely Planet’s Guide to Travel Writing and editor of ten anthologies, including A Moveable Feast, The Kindness of Strangers, Better Than Fiction and the forthcoming An Innocent Abroad. George is Editor at Large for National Geographic Traveler, where he writes feature articles and the monthly Trip Lit column. He is also Editor of BBC Travel’s literary travel site, Words and Wanderlust.


Jeff Greenwald
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.

Larry Habegger

Larry Habegger
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 >>


Elizabeth Harryman
Travel editor of Westways and ACE Publications and Editor-in-Chief for Northern New England Journey and Tidewater Traveler

Georgia Hesse

Georgia Hesse
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
Photography Chair
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.

Andrea Johnson
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).

 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.
 Linda Watanabe McFerrin
Poet, travel writer, novelist, and contributor to numerous newspapers, magazines and anthologies and the Founder of Left Coast Writers. A winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction, her first novel, Namako:  Sea Cucumber, was named Best Book for the Teen-Age by the New York Public Library. Her most recent novel, Dead Love, the tale of a love that just won’t die, was a Bram Stoker finalist. 

 Andy Murdock
Writer, editor, and occasional botanist, he is the Managing Editor for Airbnb and formerly the US Digital Editor for Lonely Planet. His travel writing has appeared in USA Today, CNN, BBC Travel, Washington Post, MSNBC, Gadling, and several Lonely Planet books. With a Ph.D. in Biology from Berkeley, his interest lies in stories at the intersection of science and travel.
 Jenna Scatena
San Francisco-based freelance writer and editor. She's written stories about being lost in a Thailand jungle, swimming with sharks, and flying a propeller plane toward a hurricane in Mexico. She is currently Contributing Editor at San Francisco magazine, where she covers travel, adventure, and city life. Her articles have been printed in San Francisco magazine, Travel + Leisure, AFAR, Sunset, C Magazine, Via, and others. Her travel essays have been anthologized in The Best Women's Travel Writing Vol. 9 and the upcoming Lonely Planet book, An Innocent Abroad.
Michael Shapiro

Michael Shapiro
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 >>