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Zeke Quezada is a Los Angeles based writer and novelist who splits his time between LA and Las Vegas. In addition to his role as an editor of Checking In/Checking Out, Zeke is the Guide to Las Vegas for He is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers. Follow Zeke on Twitter, @ZekeQuezada. Check out Zeke on Google+

Michael Hiller is a Dallas based travel journalist and restaurant critic who focuses on food, wines, spirits, hotels, dining and golf. His writing and photography have won awards from the North American Travel Journalists Association, the Society of American Travel Writers and the International Network of Golf. His work has appeared in the Dallas Morning News, Modern Luxury Magazine, 360 West Magazine, the Houston Chronicle, the San Antonio Express-News, Southwest Spirit Magazine, AvidGolfer Magazine, and Colorado Avid Golfer Magazine, among others. Mike is an editor of Checking In/Checking Out and Follow Mike on Twitter, @MikeHiller.

April Orcutt is a Lowell Thomas Award winning travel journalist and photographer who also contributes to (online travel magazine by Travel + Leisure magazine), the Los Angeles Times and the San Francisco Chronicle. Her stories – often along with her photographs – have also been published in National Geographic, the Chicago Tribune, the Dallas Morning News, New York’s Newsday and many other American and Canadian newspapers and websites. April’s travel essays have run in newspapers and five anthologies published by Lonely Planet and Travelers’ Tales.

Jill Gray is an ad girl by day, foodie by night,  Jill is a Chicago transplant living in Paris who believes there’s no better way to understand a person, a city, a country, a culture than through its food.  Armed with a cultural anthropology degree and a big appetite, Jill takes on Paris and the world.

Katie Denbo is a past golf travel magazine editor and current PR maven and freelance writer who is a self-proclaimed beer snob, 80s music aficionado and lover of travel. In her free time, Katie enjoys yoga, golfing, photography, blogging, and learning more about the resort industry’s growing health and wellness programs. A (real) Northern California native, Katie currently resides in Carlsbad, Calif. Follow Katie on Twitter, @kdenbo.

Robert Kaufman is an award-winning photographer and travel writer whose work has landed him a place in the Baseball Hall of Fame….unfortunately, not as a player! In addition to having a long background in publishing, primarily, in the world of golf, his work continues to be featured in publications worldwide. Robert resides in Marin County, CA and is always ready to pack for the next adventure life brings his way.

Sally and Michael Snell travel the world as a writer/photographer team seeking great beers for their vidcast, Travel by the Pint. When not on the road, they’re often brewing up a batch of all-grain beer inspired by their adventures.

Tom Griffith has written or co-authored more than fifty books for major publishing houses and his travel features have appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers from New York to New Zealand. He and his wife make their home in the highest reaches of South Dakota’s fabled Black Hills.

David Molyneaux travels the globe, reviewing cruise ships, exploring ports, and seeking the world’s nooks and crannies for travel tales. He is editor of and is president of the Society of American Travel Writers Foundation, which oversees the annual Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition.

Judy Wells has been a riding instructor, art gallery operator, social worker, foreign correspondent, journalist, romance novelist, humor columnist , society editor, travel writer and photographer whose work has won awards from the Florida Press Association, the Florida Bar and the Society of American Travel Writers. Now concentrating on all phases of travel writing, she keeps her clothes, passport and suitcases in her hometown of Jacksonville, FL. She also blogs at,, and

Andrea Poe writes frequently about travel for national and international publications, including Town & Country and The Washington Post.  She’s currently the food and travel editor at The Washington Times Communities. You can find her on Facebook, Pinterest and follow her travel notes as andpoe on Twitter.