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Our Contributors

Our regular contributors are a solid bunch of professional writers with (dare I say it?) over a century of experience between them. Without them this site wouldn’t exist. They love what they do, are good at it and working with them is always a pleasure. My only complaint is that I’m stuck at my desk while they get to traipse hither and yon and have all the fun.

STACEY DOUGHERTY
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LynnLYNN DeBRUIN worked as a sportswriter for the Rocky Mountain News until it folded in 2009. An avid skier and golfer (currently an 8 handicap), she’s spent 15 years covering every sport imaginable, from Super Bowls to golf’s majors. Her job covering the Broncos and the NFL took her across the country and even across the globe to Australia, fueling an interest in travel. Her work over the years also has earned equally wide-ranging awards, from the Colorado Golf Association and Associated Press (for pieces on Kiwi golfer Michael Campbell’s 2005 U.S. Open victory and the U.S. Women’s Open), to a Maricopa County Bar Association honor for a series on the death penalty. Before working as a courthouse reporter, she was the first woman to cover the University of Arizona football team. When not on the golf course (she won the Golf Writers Association of America national tournament at Kiawah Island in 2006 and was a member of the U.S. Writer’s Ryder Cup team competing in Doonbeg, Ireland, in 2008), she usually can be found behind her Canon camera, fulfilling a passion for photography. Her website can be found at www.lynndebruin.com. See all of Lynn’s articles. Contact Lynn here.

BobbyBOBBY L. HICKMAN is an Atlanta-based freelance journalist who writes about travel, lifestyle and business topics for a variety of online and print publications. A former newspaper reporter and editor, Bobby has been self-employed since 1995. He enjoys country music, whitewater rafting, and kayaking. Bobby also makes a point of visiting any attraction showcasing pop culture and the icons of his youth, like the 3 Stooges Museum and the PEZ Museum. Samples of Bobby’s work can be seen on his website and he is also writing a book on classic Southern honky tonks. See all of Bobby’s articles. Contact Bobby here.

PamelaPAMELA IRVING is well traveled in the sense that life on or off the road is a wellness journey and delicate dance of balance. High quality food, drink and activity all figure in her work and play. Pamela authors three other regular columns that appear either in Canadian newspapers or online. She is a regular contributor to The Edmonton Journal, American Fitness Magazine, Acres USA and other specialty media. Irving works both sides of the desk as owner of Living Communications, assisting ethical businesses with their message and markets. Wellness drives the engine of the Irvings’ family farm, Caledonia Organic, where they produce high quality hemp for hemp hearts – a truly healthy food. Irving is also editor and founder of the Going Organic Culinary Community Book. Clips of Pamela’s work can be found on her website. Click here to contact Pamela – she loves feedback and ideas.

BetsyBETSY MARVIN loves staying in a place long enough to get acquainted. Local customs, old buildings and traditional cultures are magnets for this writer, who’s lived on three continents and visited some 37 countries. She speaks several languages and has completed a graduate degree in Architectural History, which enhances her travels and illuminates her writing. She enjoys music, art and reading all kinds of books. See all of Betsy’s articles. Contact Betsy here.

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Cindy2CINDY MURPHY-TOFIG started her writing career with Spirit of 76, a student publication at her elementary school, and has been writing ever since. As an adult, Cindy has spent 20 years as a professional communicator. She has served as an editor at Newsday and a writer and editor at The Hartford Courant, where she helped launched a five-day local news section that targeted seasonal residents along Connecticut’s shoreline. Cindy’s also been an editor at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, a writer and editor at Emory University and freelance writer and editor for different print and online publications. She lives outside Washington, D.C. with her husband and two sons. See all of Cindy’s articles. Contact Cindy here.

HopeHOPE S. PHILBRICK is a freelance writer because she believes that work and fun should not be mutually exclusive. She writes about travel, food, wine and spirits. Her work regularly appears in several Atlanta-based publications including the Sunday Paper and Where Atlanta. National titles within her portfolio include the San Francisco Chronicle, Chile Pepper and Cooking Light. When not writing, she’s either on the road or savoring something tasty. Read more of Hope’s work at www.hopesphilbrick.com. See all of Hope’s articles. Contact Hope here.

ChrisCHRIS REINOLDS spent close to 20 years as an ink-stained wretch covering the news of the day at newspapers in the Midwest and Deep South – the last 11 years at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She has decided to diversify and now writes for a variety of online and print publications. Chris specializes in travel, education and home and garden coverage. And most recently she completed her first triathlon. Chris, her husband and their two young boys are based in the ‘burbs of Atlanta, Georgia. She has also lived in Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas, and Oklahoma. Chris earned her journalism degree from the University of Kansas. Rock Chalk! Chris comes from a long line of Girl Scouts and grew up camping and exploring the wilderness. She continues the family tradition by sharing her love of the outdoors with her husband and sons. See all of Chris’s articles. Contact Chris here.

BillBILL STEIDEN has spent almost 30 years as a newspaper editor and reporter. Some of his career highlights include reporting from Israel during the Gulf War, covering Hurricane Gilbert in Jamaica and four years as features editor for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. He has received numerous awards for reporting and editing and is currently the nation/world editor for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

An avid backpacker and canoeist, Bill’s been a Boy Scout leader and has organized and led trips for both kids and adults to places such as the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, the Suwanee River, Alabama’s Sipsey Wilderness, Roan Mountain in North Carolina, Colorado’s Front Range, Florida’s Peace River, the Okefenokee swamp and the Boundary Waters of Minnesota. In addition, his travels have taken him to Colombia, South America; Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia, Canada; Baja Norte, Mexico and the U.K.

A graduate of the University of Kentucky, he is working on a master’s degree in public policy at Georgia State University. See all of Bill’s articles. Contact Bill here.

Clint WilliamsCLINT WILLIAMS has been writing for newspapers and magazines for 30 years, including a stint as travel writer for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. His freelance magazine credits include Every Day With Rachel Ray, Ritz Carlton Magazine, Field & Stream and airline in-flight magazines.

Most of his travels feature outdoor adventures of some sort, although he typically avoids sleeping on the ground these days. Clint’s favorite places on the planet include Callaway Gardens in Georgia, California’s Catalina Island, Zion National Park in Utah, the tasting room at the Chandon winery in Yountville, California and any one of about a half dozen spots in Arizona.

Clint lives in Phoenix with his wife, Carolyn, and dog, Rockford. See all of Clint’s articles. Contact Clint here.