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Joanne DiBona

San Diego, California
Freelance Journalist — Freelance
Covers:  small ship and river cruises, wine destinations, rail travel, spas and wellness, national and state parks, history and culture, culinary, soft adventure, city destinations, travel product reviews
Doesn't Cover: I do not write articles on destinations, activities or products I haven't personally experienced. Please don't send me pitches based on photos and copy you provide. That is not true travel journalism!

Award-winning travel #writer & #photographer; contributing editor #USATODAY/10 Best;

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It’s not often one’s life passion can translate into a career, and I’m delighted to have achieved this goal.

I left the corporate world in 2010 (after a long and fulfilling tenure as Director of Communications for the San Diego Tourism Authority) to begin my new journey as a travel journalist.


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Nov 17, 2017

Just returned from an unforgettable cruise on the #Windstarcruises #StarLegend, sailing from Venice to Athens. Here are a few photo teasers as what you will see soon on my national outlets.

Nov 16, 2017

The historic and beautiful city of #Passau is situated in Bavaria at the confluence of three… 

Nov 14, 2017

If your travels take you to Bavaria, Germany, make some time to visit the absolutely stunning city of Passau on the Danube river. Check out my photo gallery currently running on the home page of USA TODAY's 10Best.

Nov 14, 2017

If your travels bring you to Bavaria anytime soon, make a point of visiting the beautiful city of Passau. #10Best @10Best #passau #satw #germanytourism #bavaria

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What does it mean to be a journalist?

You are the voice of the truth. Never compromise, no matter what you perceive as reasons to do so.

What tools and software do you use to do your job?

I started learning Adobe PhotoShop in 1990, when it first appeared on the scene. It took years to perfect, but now it is my best friend.

Did you work for your high school newspaper? If so, what did you do there?

Funny you should ask....I was Editor-in-Chief of "The Broadcaster" for several years at my high school in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania.


San Diego Press Club Award

2015 - Travel
In 2015, Joanne received First Place in the San Diego Press Club’s Excellence in Journalism awards for her feature on the Galapagos Islands in the highly competitive category of travel: daily newspapers and websites.

San Diego Press Club Award

2016 - Travel Writing/Travel Photography
Awards given for Excellence in Travel Writing/Photography