Meet Our Featured Members

Meet Our Featured Members

Get to know our monthly Featured Members! 

2018 May Featured Journalist of the Month: John Dwyer
Monday, April 30, 2018 01:30 PM

2018 May Featured Journalist: John DwyerJohn Dwyer:

John Dwyer served in the Peace Corps in Guatemala in 1991-92.  For the past 22 years he has worked as either a volunteer or employee for international development and election observation organizations.  He also serves as a reservist with FEMA and responds to domestic disasters. As a writer his work has appeared in Transitions Abroad, Chicken Soup for the Soul, The Orange County Register, Huff Post, Peace Corps Online, International Travel News and various other online and print publications.


2018 May Featured Destination: Springfield, MO, Convention & Visitors Bureau
Monday, April 30, 2018 01:30 PM

Springfield, MO CVB

Springfield is rooted in the celebration of family, friends and life's genuine moments. A regional hub with large city amenities and small town hospitality the city is filled with intriguing attractions, a diverse culinary scene, unique shopping and an ode to classic Americana heritage, Springfield is a destination you will enjoy while feeling right at home.  

Celebrate the great outdoors at the brand new Wonders of Wildlife Museum & Aquarium and the original and largest Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World. 

Springfield is home to North America's only ride-through cave, Fantastic Caverns, where you will journey through natural wonders in a Jeep-drawn tram; Smallin Civil War Cave, with an 11-story opening and unique history and geologic features; Dickerson Park Zoo; Wilson's Creek National Battlefield, Springfield Cardinals AA baseball and many other attractions. Check out #LoveSpringfield to see what some of our members were up to during their post-press trip in Springfield!

2018 April Featured Journalist: Dennis Littley
Sunday, April 15, 2018 12:42 PM

Dennis Littley
Food & Travel Blogger, Chef, Content Creator, Digital Strategist and Conference Speaker-
Dennis is a retired Chef and Culinary Instructor, now enjoying life traveling and eating his way around the world sharing his recipes and adventures along the way. A native Texan living most of his life in the Philadelphia area, Dennis now resides in Kissimmee, Florida with his wife Lisa.

During the new phase of his culinary journey as a Food & Travel Blogger, Dennis has amassed an impressive combined following of over 1.7 million followers on his social channels. Dennis regularly speaks at Conferences around the country on the topics of Live Streaming and Social Media for Small Business.

2018 April Featured Journalist: Jody Halsted
Sunday, April 15, 2018 12:34 PM

Jody Halsted is an award winning writer specializing in Ireland, camping, and RVing.

Based in the Midwest, Jody is a rambling soul who would love nothing more than to call her RV home, but until then she ‘lives the dream’ in Iowa with her husband and two daughters. Never one to follow the path most traveled, the family’s adventures usually involve quite a bit of driving, a lot of hiking, and some sort of meal cooked over fire.

Jody publishes three websites- Ireland Family Vacations, Camping Tips for Everyone, and Family Rambling -and keeps busy as a freelance writer, Ireland vacation coach, and aspiring genealogist in her 'spare' time.

2018 March Featured Destination: Visit Syracuse
Thursday, March 15, 2018 02:03 PM


Visit Syracuse.jpgVisit Syracuse:

Visit Syracuse, Inc. is Onondaga County's official marketing organization for tourism related economic development. We support the city that wants you to rally your passions, find life’s shining moments and celebrate them in a place where true colors never fade; a place where independent spirits and an energetic community come together in perfect harmony. As the oldest convention & visitors bureau in New York State, Visit Syracuse, Inc. aims to strengthen the positive awareness of the Greater Syracuse area as an all season destination even in our famous snowy winter months, we are the Official Home of Winter after all. Most importantly we invite you to live our brand promise of Do Your Thing.

2018 February Featured Member: Lina Stock
Friday, February 16, 2018 12:00 AM

Lina Stock is one half of America's Adventure Couple, lead photographer and writer for Divergent Travelers is one of the top adventure travel blogs on the web with a focus on outdoor adventure, travel photography and affordable luxury travel. A trusted resource for adventure travel features, award winning photography and destination guides.

Home to the 'Top 100 Travel Adventures' in the world. With her husband, Dave, the founders behind Divergent Travelers are on a mission to complete and document the most sought after, attainable and top adventures on the planet, sharing their progress and showcasing the adventures through award winning photography, compelling video projects, social media campaigns and engaging editorial.

2018 February Featured Destination: Fayetteville Area CVB
Thursday, February 15, 2018 12:00 AM

Greater Fayetteville is proud of its rich role in our nations history and holds fast to the friendly feel of a true hometown, while providing the cultural and entertainment amenities of bigger cities. You name it, weve got it: sophisticated restaurants, museums, unique shopping, musical and sporting events, kid-friendly fun, elegant and quirky art galleries, gardens, trails and parks, not to mention nearby Fort Bragg that solidifies the citys deep roots in all things military. We are a deeply patriotic community. Lester Holt from NBC News said it best "The patriotism in Fayetteville frames an undying faith in democracy that transcends partisan politics."

December 2017 Featured Journalist: Debra Schroeder
Wednesday, December 13, 2017 12:00 AM

 Debra Schroeder is a former 12-year travel industry executive, flies over 180,000 miles a year, and has been collecting frequent flyer miles since 1994. She is a freelance writer, editor and content creator with a penchant for adventure, loves active travel, discovering off the beaten path destinations, and finding the hidden gems in every city.

December 2017 Featured Journalist: Kase Johnstun
Wednesday, December 13, 2017 12:00 AM

Kase JohnstunKase Johnstun  lives and writes in Ogden, Utah. 

His travel writing has appeared in Southwest Magazine, Coldnoon: A Journal of Travel Poetics, and Like the Wind Magazine. 

Forthcoming, beginning in December 2017, The Ogden Standard Examiner will publish his bimonthly travel column and blog on their VISUALS page where he will chronicle his travel experiences by blending narrative and research into travel pieces.

He is the author of recently released "Beyond the Grip Craniosynostosis" (McFarland & Co), which has been featured in Pennsylvania Parenting Magazine, Portland Family Magazine, The Ogden Standard Examiner, and many other places, as well as having mentions in the Chicago Tribune and the Seattle Times. It was recently awarded the Gold Quill (First Place) in Creative Nonfiction by the League of Utah Writers for 2015.

His work has been published widely by literary journals and trade magazines, including, but not limited to, Yahoo Parenting, Creative Nonfiction Magazine, Coldnoon: Travel Writing and Traveling Poetics, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. He is the co-editor/author of "Utah Reflections: Stories from the Wasatch Front (The History Press), which was name the Salt Lake Tribunes book of the month for August 2014 and the League of Utah Writers Recommended Read in Nonfiction 2015 (Third Place). His essay collection "Tortillas for Honkies" was named a finalist for the 2013 Autumn House press Nonfiction Awards (most of the essays in the collection have found homes in places like The Watershed Review, Label Me Latino/a, Prime Number Literary Magazine, and Animal Literary Magazine).

For six years, his work has appeared multiple times in The Good Men Project and The Ogden Standard Examiner. In January 2016, he was the artist in residence at JIWAR International Artist Residency in Barcelona, Spain.

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