Meet Our Featured Members

Meet Our Featured Members

Get to know our monthly Featured Members! 

2018 October Featured Journalist of the Month: Arnold Wayne Jones
Monday, October 01, 2018 06:21 PM

Arnold Wayne Jones

Arnold Wayne Jones has been involved in journalism since college, and his made it his living for nearly 25 years. In that time, he has been a film critic, theater critic, restaurant critic, music critic, travel writer, entertainment reporter, celebrity interviewer, editor and photographer for publications including Dallas Voice (where he has been since 2001), as well as Dallas Observer, Fox4, Backstage Magazine, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. He is the recipient of a Katie Award (Press Club of Dallas), 6 Lone Star Awards (Houston Press Club) and a finalist for the NATJA Award.

2018 September Featured Destination of the Month - Visit El Paso
Thursday, September 06, 2018 03:46 PM

Visit El Paso

Located in the western tip of Texas, El Paso is the largest international border community in the world, where two countries and three states meet.  Known for friendliness and hospitality, El Paso is also the only Texas city that can boast a mountain in the middle of town with over 100 miles of hiking and biking trails. Our multi-cultural city offers over 400 years of history that is well documented in public exhibits, performances and seasonal attractions. Guest can journey along the 9-mile mission trail, witness the craftsmanship of Western bootmakers, or enjoy the city’s collection of 13th-18th centuries Western European masterworks. You can also spend an evening enjoying Triple-A baseball, the Downtown Arts District, or experience the magic of the historic Plaza Theatre with a performance of a top Broadway touring show. It’s for seekers or adventurers as much as it is for those who just want to relax, enjoy the sun and experience El Paso’s one-of-a-kind charm!

Start planning your adventure today and contact Maegan Hruby, [email protected] for an unforgettable experience. We can assist with securing accommodations, planning a day of shopping or taking in all the historic and cultural attractions and activities. Check us out at or 915-534-0600.

2018 September Featured Journalist of the Month - Mike Fisher
Saturday, September 01, 2018 12:00 AM

Mike Fisher

Mike Fisher is a Calgary-based travel writer who specializes in stories about musical journeys. He has won eight travel awards/honors this year including three from NATJA. In the past year he has written about the music scenes in Memphis, Nashville, Austin, Washington, D.C. and more.

Loves dogs, leaps before looking. Writer, photographer, musician, Calgary-based. Always finds a bird in the hand startling.

2018 September Featured Journalist of the Month: Avery Stonich
Saturday, September 01, 2018 12:00 AM

Avery Stonich

Avery Stonich is an award-winning freelance writer based in Boulder, Colorado, who has traveled to more than 50 countries in search of adventure. Focusing on outdoor, adventure, and travel, her work has been published by National Geographic Adventure, National Geographic Travel, Outside, Elevation Outdoors, Women's Adventure, RootsRated, Bicycle Times, and more. When not playing with prose, she likes to ski, hike, kiteboard, bike, camp, SUP, travel, SCUBA dive, and climb mountains. 

2018 August Featured Journalist of the Month: Melanie Votaw
Wednesday, August 01, 2018 12:00 AM

 Melanie Votaw:

Melanie Votaw is a travel journalist and blogger who runs the Trip Out on Travel blog. She has visited 50 countries on six continents and has published stories and photos in such magazines and newspapers as Executive Travel, Business Insider, Just Luxe, South China Morning Post, Woman’s Day, Parks & Travel Magazine, Travel Savvy, Travel Mindset, Luxury Web Magazine, and others. She has also written 32 books on a variety of subjects – ten under her own name (most published by Perseus Books) and 22 ghostwritten for such publishers as Macmillan, Hyperion, and Hay House.

2018 August Featured Journalist of the Month: Tom Bartel
Wednesday, August 01, 2018 12:00 AM

 Tom Bartel:

Tom Bartel and his wife Kristin Henning upended their lifestyle in 2010 when they sold their home, business, and possessions to travel the world. What started as teaching stint in South America turned into a series of adventures across more than 60 countries on six continents, including walking the 500-mile Camino de Santiago in Spain, hiking jungles and volcanos, house and horse sitting, and visiting scores of UNESCO World Heritage Sites and National Parks. 

 Kris and Tom spent their careers in Minneapolis/St. Paul (MN) as newspaper and magazine publishers (City Pages, Minnesota Parent, The Rake magazine). Today, they keep up their writing and photography chops by producing their own award-winning blog,, and contributing to other travel and lifestyle publications. 

2018 August Featured Destination of the Month: Destination Salem
Wednesday, August 01, 2018 12:00 AM

 Destination Salem:

Destination Salem is the Office of Tourism and Cultural Affairs for the city of Salem, Massachusetts. Salem is recognized around the world for its rich history, which includes the tragic Salem Witch Trials of 1692, a glorious maritime era that left its indelible mark on Salem through architecture, museums, and artifacts, and for its month-long celebration of Halloween. Today more than one million people visit Salem annually. For more information, visit

2018 July Featured Member of the Month: Tim Trudell
Sunday, July 01, 2018 12:00 PM

Tim Trudell

Tim Trudell has been a journalist, manager and project manager in his life. However, he has returned to his roots as a writer. Based in Omaha, Tim, along with his wife Life, writes the travel blog The Walking Tourists ( Tim worked in community newspaper before leaving the industry for hotel sales. Throughout his other careers, he stayed interested in writing and even covered sports part-time for an Omaha-area newspaper. Today, he and Lisa are the authors of “100 Things to Do in Omaha Before You Die,” a bucket list of attractions and restaurants in the Metro area. Tim is currently working on their next book, “Unique Eats and Eateries of Omaha.” He has written pieces for military-related publications and travel guides. Tim is working on expanding his freelance writing as a full-time business.

Tim is a Nebraska native. He is a member of the Santee Sioux tribe, and has included his heritage in some articles relating to Midwest attractions that have a personal connection, such as his great-great grandparents being imprisoned at Minnesota’s Fort Snelling in the 1860s following the US-Dakota war.

Tim and Lisa have two daughters from his first marriage – Stephanie and Mallory. They are the proud cat parents of a “Psych” team of Gus, Lassiter and Shawn.

2018 July Featured Journalist of the Month: Lucy Tobias
Sunday, July 01, 2018 12:00 AM

 Lucy Tobias

Lucy Tobias is a travel journalist and author of the award winning book 50 Great Walks in Florida, along with two editions of a gardening book and a children’s book about manatees available in English and Spanish. She is a correspondent for newspapers and magazines.

Her monthly blog Saturday Morning Magazine takes subscribers to undiscovered places both in Florida and beyond.

A former reporter and photographer for the New York Times Regional Group she also served as Authentic Florida Expert for Visit Florida doing videos, blogs and podcasts around the state.

Her newest book is Circle the Center Labyrinths in Florida. Learn more at

Lucy spent two years visiting 138 labyrinths around the state and gathering stories of their creation and the people who walk them – 95 labyrinths are featured in the book.

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