SATW 2018 Western Chapter Writing Awards 


Gold: Jill Robinson - San Francisco Chronicle: “Quest for the Gray Ghost: Tracking the snowleopard in Ladakh”

Silver: David DeVoss - Asia Times, “Bali Primitive Bali Aga Are Bubbling”

Bronze: Lydia Shrandt - USAToday 10Best: “Hamburg’s Music History is Hidden”

US Travel 

Gold: Bob Howells - National Geographic Traveler:“Home on the Range”

Silver: Kerrick James - AAA EnCompass:“Following the Puebloan Path”

Bronze: Mindy Poder - Travel Age West:“The Curious Case of the Kaktovik Polar Bears”

Travel tips

Gold: Spud Hilton - San Francisco Chronicle, “The Guide to Surviving in the SFO Metropolis”

Silver: Christine Loomis - Corporate & Incentive Travel,  “On the Road Alone”

Bronze: Mindy Poder - Travel Age West: “What is a Tahitian pension and why you should rent one?”

Travel Trade

Gold: Karin Leperi - Global TravelerUSA: “On the safe side: Plan a strategy for doing business in dangerous places.”

Silver: Kari Bodnarchuk - Boston Globe: “Food science takes flight”

Bronze: Mindy Poder - Travel Age West, “The Instagram Travel Agents: Stories of Success”

Family/Multigenerational (2 awards)

Gold:Christine Loomis - “Oscar’s Dreamland,” a chapter in TheBest Women’s Travel Writing, Volume 11 

Silver: Larry Habegger - San Francisco Chronicle:“Cycling and Biking County Mayo, Ireland’s Wild West” 

Food (2 awards)

Gold: Ashley Biggers - New Mexico Magazine: Does it matter where your chile was grown? 

Silver: Yvette Cardozo - Real Food Traveler: “Richmond, BC’s Hole in the Wall Eateries” 


Gold: April Orcutt - BBC Travel: “The protectors of Canada’s sacred islands”

Silver: Skye Mayring - Joan Jetsetter: “St. Kitts is basically history with a view”

Bronze: Christine Loomis - USA Today 10 Best, “This luxury safari in Africa is what travel dreams are made of” 

Best website (2 awards)

Gold:Karen Misuraca -

Silver: Colleen Lanin -


Gold: Lee Foster - Foster Travel Publishing, for a series of Portland columns

Silver: Dan Leeth - Denver Post, for a series of columns

Bronze: Spud Hilton - San Francisco Chronicle, for his series of columns


Gold: Steve Larese - VIE Magazine:The Gift of Adventure: Hiking the Grand Canyon’s Most Dangerous Trail, 

Silver:Kari Bodnarchuk - Boston Globe:“SWIMRUN: A growing sport 

Bronze: Christine Sarkis -, “A Calistoga Mud Bath: Like Being Buried Alive, But Good”

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