Spud Hilton is the travel editor of The San Francisco Chronicle, where since 2000 he has written about, reported on and been hopelessly lost in destinations on six continents. He is an outspoken advocate of great travel storytelling and his attempts to defy the expectations of places―from Havana’s back alleys to Kyoto’s shrines to the floor of a hippie bus in Modesto―have earned 13 Lowell Thomas Awards, the standard for travel journalism.
Allen Cox serves as co-chair of Northwest Travel Writers Conference. He is Editor-in-Chief of Northwest Travel Magazine, author of two guidebooks on day hiking, and a freelance travel and lifestyle journalist whose work had appeared in dozens of regional and national publications. In addition, he presently serves as VP, board member and Awards Committee Chair for International Food, Wine and Travel Writers Association.
Mattie John Bamman is a culinary travel writer focused on the Pacific Northwest, Italy and the Balkans. Wine, wilderness and words brought him to Portland, Oregon, where he serves as editor of Eater Portland and regularly contributes to culinary and travel publications, including Edible Portland, Northwest Travel & Life Magazine and Eater.com. Mattie began his travel writing career while living in Italy and writing and updating travel guides for Northstar Travel Media, as well as writing for the travel blog, EuropeUpClose.com. He interned at ZYZZYVA literary journal and McSweeney’s publishing house.
Adam H. Callaghan is a freelance writer and editor specializing in culinary travel, fermentation and beverages. He hails from Maine, where he got his start in food writing as editor of Eater Maine, and lives in Seattle, where he now serves as editor of Eater Seattle. Adam contributes regularly to publications like BeerAdvocate, Cidercraft, Sip Northwest, and SevenFifty Daily, and he speaks fluent German. Check out his website at adamhcallaghan.com.
Jade Helm, DWS, CS, CSW is a writer, consultant and educator. She is the primary author of Tasting Pour and a freelance contributor to several print and online wine publications, including American Winery Guide, Oregon Wine Press, Wine Press Northwest, The SOMM Journal, Tasting Panel, Wine Industry Advisor and Northwest Travel & Life. She carries credentials from the Society of Wine Educators (Certified Specialist in Wine), Court of Master Sommeliers (Certified Sommelier) and the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (Diploma in Wine and Spirits). Jade is an instructor in the Northwest Wine Studies Program at Chemeketa Community College and resides in the Willamette Valley. She believes in real food, great wine, and the importance of sharing both with family and friends. Connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google and Instagram.
Kim Cooper Findling is an award-winning Oregon writer and editor. She is the Associate Editor at Oregon Media and the former editor of Cascade Journal. She authored Bend, Oregon Daycations: Day Trips for Curious Families, Day Trips From Portland: Getaway Ideas for the Local Traveler and Chance of Sun: An Oregon Memoir. Kim grew up on the Oregon Coast and has lived in Bend, Oregon for over 20 years. See kimcooperfindling.com.
Rochelle Roberts is currently the Marketing Manager for Black Ball Ferry Line and holds a Bachelor of Journalism (Honors) degree from the University of King’s College in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She spent 5 years as the Digital Media Manager for Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours on the Niagara River. She was the lead project coordinator on the Share Vancouver Island Instagram campaign which won the 2016 Innovation Award from Destination BC and the 2016 Multi Media Marketing Award from Tourism Vancouver Island.