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Janna Brancolini

Janna Brancolini is an American journalist based in Milan, Italy. She is drawn to stories where law meets politics, where the environment intersects with finance, where cultures clash, and where languages collide.

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Jenna Scatena

Jenna Scatena is an independent journalist based in Istanbul and San Francisco, whose work explores the intersection of place and culture.

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Kelsey Camacho

Kelsey Camacho focuses on identity and landscape in the Arctic. She's also training for her first dogsledding race.

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Shoshi Parks

Shoshi Parks is an anthropologist turned writer of the quirky and fascinating.

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Nicholas Bratton

Nicholas is a lifelong adventurer and traveler with a knack for finding unexpected ways into unusual situations — like guest DJ-ing on Zambian national radio.

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Jordan Ranft

Jordan Ranft is a writer and behavioral healthcare worker from the Bay Area. He enjoys writing about arts, culture, the environment, and the strange and oftentimes unnerving intersection between societal artifice and the natural world.

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Lavanya Sunkara

Lavanya Sunkara is a New York City-based writer who focuses on sustainable travel, conservation, and adventure.

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Sivani Babu

Sivani Babu is the co-founder, co-CEO, and creative director of Hidden Compass. By merging journalism, art, and exploration, she tells stories that offer perspective, context, and an awe-inspiring sense of scale to the human experience.

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Yasaswini Sampathkumar

Yasaswini Sampathkumar is a writer and recovering scientist who's learning to be as sustainable as her grandmother.

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Keith Skinner

Keith Skinner is an award-winning writer who is endlessly curious about the why of things.

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Jayme Moye

Jayme Moye is a compulsive writer.

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Kim F. Stone

Kim F. Stone is a lady who loves the rhythm of a shutter and hoofbeats.

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Amanda Castleman

Despite her yoga and yogurt tendencies, author Amanda Castleman is a former wilderness guide who remains happiest when grubbing around in nature.

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Erhan Kahveci

Erhan Kahveci is a Milan-based documentary photographer driven by a desire to see people and the hidden parts of the world, and capture society through his images.

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Melissa Banigan

Melissa is a journalist and photographer with work in the Washington Post, BBC Travel, and NPR, among many others.

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Karen Green

Karen Green is a writer, mother, feminist, Canuck, and always up for a new journey and a hot coffee.

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Chase Nelson

Chase Nelson is a poet-explorer who likes howling at the moon, skinny dipping in alpine lakes, and laughing until it hurts at big tables full of strangers in foreign lands.

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James Michael Dorsey

James Michael Dorsey is an award-winning author, and explorer, who has spent decades documenting vanishing cultures in Africa and Asia.

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Liz Shemaria

Liz Shemaria is a founding editor at Hidden Compass, an award-winning journalist, and a third-generation Northern Californian who has trekked solo in the Himalaya, interviewed artists in military-ruled Burma, and rode an overnight train across Egypt on her birthday.

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Kori Perten

Kori Perten is a writer and editor based in the Boston area—when she’s not traveling the globe, that is.

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Allison Smith

Allison Nicole Smith is a New York City-based freelance writer, as well as a student at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, where she is learning how to not use the Oxford comma.

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Hayli Nicole

Hayli Nicole is a perpetual traveler, collector of stories, and lover of all things mundane.

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Karen Burshtein

Karen Burshtein is an independent writer, editor, and translator who writes about all aspects of Canadian culture and history.

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Jennifer Simonson

Jennifer is a Texas-based writer who travels in search of good conversation, tasty ice cream, fast water slides, and harsh moonshine.

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Victoria Sanderson

Victoria Sanderson is a restless writer always googling new adventures.

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Russell Bradley

Russell's parents threw him in the ocean when he was five years old. He cried for a minute but then never got out. He's a marine biologist, improviser, storyteller, writer, and nature lover.

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Laine Gonzales

Laine Gonzales is a biologist and high school science teacher. When school is not in session, she’s typically on the road.

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Louisa Deasey

Louisa Deasey is a Francophile based in Melbourne, Australia who makes up for it by drinking coffee from a soup-sized bowl each morning.

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Rachel Pieh Jones

Rachel Pieh Jones writes about life at the crossroads of faith and culture. Her work is influenced by living in the Horn of Africa, raising Third Culture Kids, and adventurous exploration of the natural world.

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Erin Byrne

Erin Byrne's books, travel essays, poetry, fiction, films, workshops, and events capture the mystical transformations unleashed by travel and connections across the globe.

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Ashley Seashore

Ashley Seashore is a Marin County-based writer who wears flip flops with abandon.

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Brandon McWilliams

Brandon McWilliams is a writer, outdoor educator, and college student who tells stories to encourage people to think about how they treat the world around them.

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Jeff Greenwald

Oakland-based Jeff Greenwald remains either the world's most obscure well-known travel writer, or the best-known obscure travel writer.

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Valerie Stimac

Valerie Stimac is an Oakland-based space tourism and travel writer who has spent time living in Alaska, London, and the Pacific Northwest.

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Krishan Coupland

Krishan Coupland earned an MA in creative writing, won the Manchester Fiction Prize, and is unduly preoccupied with theme parks.

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Lola Akinmade Åkerström

Lola Akinmade Åkerström is a visual storyteller who explores culture through food, tradition, and lifestyles.

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Clara Milo

Clara Milo is a photographer and filmmaker who creates surrealist universes to better understand the world around her.

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Will Cordeiro

Will Cordeiro cannot drive a car; is not on social media; and may or may not be a human.

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Lance Garland

Lance Garland fights fire in Seattle, climbs the mountains of the Pacific Northwest, and sails the Salish Sea. In the moments between the action, he writes.

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Mike Bernhardt

When Mike Bernhardt isn’t traveling or writing about it, he can be found cooking Thai food, swing dancing, hanging out with his wife Yvonne, and always enjoying his retirement from a career in IT.

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Kelly A. Harrison

Kelly A. Harrison, losing track of all the amazing things she's done, thanks the gods for digital photos and Adobe products.

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Daniel Hudon

Daniel Hudon is a writer and educator based in Boston who likes to get lost in nature, particularly among old trees.

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Martha Ezell

Martha Ezell is a freelance writer based in Petaluma, California. After careers in social work and documentary filmmaking, she now devotes her time to writing and traveling.

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Emilienne Malfatto

Emilienne Malfatto is an award-winning photojournalist covering post-conflict and social issues, mostly in Iraq.

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Sabine Bergmann

Sabine Bergmann is the co-founder and co-CEO of Hidden Compass. She’s also an award-winning journalist whose cinematic stories invite readers to explore places and characters who connect us to the grand tapestry of human wisdom, kinship, and purpose.

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Robert Annis

After spending nearly a decade as a reporter for a major metropolitan newspaper, Robert Annis finally broke free of the shackles of gainful employment and now freelances full-time, specializing in outdoor-travel journalism.

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Garrett Martin

Garrett Martin is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, photographer, and conservationist who's proud to call southern Appalachia his home.

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Robert Holmes

From the 1975 British Everest Expedition to the vineyards of the world, Robert Holmes’ career as one of the world’s most successful and prolific travel photographers has extended more than 40 years.

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Shannon Donaghy

Shannon Donaghy is a queer poet, writer, and world traveler from Philadelphia, PA.

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Tania Amochaev Romanov

Award-winning travel writer and photographer Tania Romanov made her first international trip at six months old — as a refugee — and hasn't stopped traveling since.

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Alexandria Scott

Alexandria is a writer, educator, and community advocate.

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Dr. Gilad Fiskus

Dr. Gilad Fiskus is a cultural photographer whose career as a dentist influences the way he photographs people as he travels the world.

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Alison Konecki

Alison Konecki crusades for the arts by day, writes by night, and travels as often as possible.

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Jodi Cash

Jodi Cash is on a quest for characters and secluded swimming holes.

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Anna Elkins

Anna Elkins is a traveling poet and painter who has lived in the shadows of the Rockies and the Alps, and on the shores of the Caribbean and Micronesian seas.

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Jacqueline Kehoe

Jacqueline writes about, thinks about, and photographs America's public lands.

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Henry Sharpe

Henry Sharpe is a Canadian illustrator and paleontology student with a penchant for hiking in Crocs.

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Barbara Barrielle

Traveling and writing full-time (until COVID!), Barbara Barrielle writes about wine and travel and is an equal opportunity traveler. She loves to go everywhere and meet the locals, the heart of travel.

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Elaine J. Masters

Ever curious and hungry for adventure, Elaine Masters can't resist ducking into doorways and pulling over on the side of the road in pursuit of a story.

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Sugato Mukherjee

Sugato Mukherjee is a Kolkata, India-based photographer and writer whose work on the sulfur miners of East Java was recognized by UNESCO.

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Annelise Jolley

Annelise Jolley is a San Diego-based journalist and essayist who writes about food, travel, and the terrain between.

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Hudson Lindenberger

Hudson Lindenberger lives to tell the stories that describe life, whatever they may be.

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Sonya Pevzner

Sonya Pevzner's experience as a queer Russian-Jewish refugee informs much of her work, from storytelling to activism.

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Don George

Author of "The Way of Wanderlust: The Best Travel Writing of Don George," and of "How to Be a Travel Writer," the world's bestselling travel writing guide, Don George is a legendary travel writer and editor. He is currently Editor at Large for National Geographic Travel.

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Organizations We Support

There are many ways to support journalists and storytellers around the world, and we are awed and inspired by these other organizations whose missions align with ours. We encourage you to extend your support not only to our journalists, but to these nonprofits as well.
Committee to Protect Journalists

Our mission is to celebrate journalists. This means it is our responsibility to help make the world safer for them. The Committee to Protect Journalists is a nonprofit dedicated to protecting journalists globally, defending their rights, and fighting for freedom of the press. Their emergency response team provides life-saving support to journalists in peril.

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StoryCorps

We believe stories have the power to bring people together. This can only happen when those stories are collected, shared, and preserved. To date, StoryCorps has gathered and recorded the stories of more than half a million people to remind us of our shared humanity, nurture compassion, and preserve a historical record for future generations.

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