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Freda Moon

Travel Columnist — The New York Times
Covers:  latin america, travel, food, europe, domestic travel
Doesn't Cover: airports, travel industry news, cruises

@NYTimesTravel columnist. International toddler wrangler. Too earnest for Twitter.

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@fredamoon — 4,687 followers, 14,321 tweets

Nov 20, 2017

@titivil We lived in a 600-square-foot, one-room apartment (with a 75-lb herding dog) across the street from Kalustyan's in grad school. We could barely afford to eat, but when we did, we ate WELL. I love that place so much.

Nov 20, 2017

@jacqbryant Not, "I see you write about such and such city, so how about this totally different take on it. " Nope. "How about you ask the NYT to republish the EXACT same story you just wrote but with my client included in it this time?" How do these people have jobs?

Nov 20, 2017

@jacqbryant I can't count the number of times I've gotten an email pitching a "36 Hours" column about a city I wrote that exact column about, like, eight months ago.

Nov 20, 2017

Working as a waitress to put myself through college, I got so sick of being groped that, after one particularly disgusting shift, I cut off all my hair. I was 20 and I imagined that somehow if I looked different, men would treat me differently. Of course, it changed nothing.

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Best American Travel Writing

Everyone travels for different reasons, but whatever those reasons are, one thing is certain—they come back with stories. Each year, the best of those stories are collected in The Best American Travel Writing, curated by one of the top writers in the field, and each year they “open a window onto the strange, seedy and beautiful world, offering readers glimpses into places that many will never see or experience except through the eyes and words of these writers" (Kirkus Reviews). This far-ranging collection of top notch travel writing is, quite simply, the genre’s gold standard. The Best American series is the premier annual showcase for the country’s finest short fiction and nonfiction. Each volume’s series editor selects notable works from hundreds of magazines, journals, and websites. A special guest editor, a leading writer in the field, then chooses the best pieces to publish. This unique system had made the Best American series the most respected — and most popular of its kind.

Society of American Travel Writers' Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Awards

2017 - Foreign Travel
The Lowell Thomas awards, recognized as the most prestigious in travel journalism, were announced in Portland, Oregon, at the annual conference of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW), the premier professional organization of travel journalists and communicators. Twenty-five faculty members from the University of Missouri School of Journalism did the judging. The competition, for work from spring 2016 to spring 2017, drew 1,190 entries. This year, the SATW Foundation is giving 89 awards in 24 categories and nearly $20,000 in prize money to journalists in recognition of outstanding travel journalism. Judges said they were impressed by the use of narrative techniques in this year’s entries, said Professor John Fennell, who helped coordinate the judging. “Like classic short stories, many of the entries built tension and suspense that culminated in resolution,” he said. “This is great story telling at its best — and so effective when writing about destinations.”