Trained as a news journalist, I spent a decade as a daily newspaper journalist where I earned a Pulitzer Prize as part of a news team. Today, I combine prize-winning journalist's research, writing and photography chops with my passion for meaningful travel, discovering the unexpected, and inspiring others to take their own journey of wonder, whether in the backyard or across the globe.
I create immersive, award-winning stories and photos as co-founder, editor, and photographer for HITravelTales.com. I love to tell personal stories about the people in a place to illustrate the depth and attraction of a destination and accompany them by insightful photos.
My awards include having photos accepted to several juried competitions. I also earned the Best in Show/Gold and a Silver in the inaugural International Food Wine Travel Writers Association’s photo contest, a third in the 2020 Washington Post Travel photo contest, plus numerous medals for photos, essays, and the blog from the North American Travel Journalists Association. A selection of my photos are at photosbytherese.hitraveltales.com
Set me loose in a destination and I'll make friends, create compelling photos, and find stories that most will miss.
• Born, raised, and based in California
• Secondary base in Berlin, Germany
• German and French speaker
• Author of two “For Dummies” books
• Little known: I have run a 100-mile trail race, work as a translator, and have a master's degree in kinesiology.
Travel is infectious and I want to help spread the bug in words and photos.
Berlin and Europe
Mountains of Japan
Any language and culture
Learning comes alive
We are in the Sierra foothills so perhaps East Bay would be a nice compromise. and perhaps pick a place that is good for BART or such transit in. Also, for us at least would be better if not evening since otherwise with 2 hour transit it could be pretty... show more
San Francisco Travel Massive 1 year ago