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Marilyn Terrell

Washington, DC
Chief Researcher — National Geographic Travel
Covers:  general travel, philanthropy, family travel, urban planning, photography, travel industry news, human rights, animals, science news, social entrepreneurship, sustainability

Chief researcher of National Geographic Traveler magazine for 16 years, I'm off to explore the world. Life's too short to stay home 🙂🌎

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Biography

Mother of five, insatiably curious, began journalism career answering Letters to the Editor (personally! by snail mail!) to TIME magazine in Manhattan back in the Cretaceous era, moved to Alexandria, VA with Time-Life Books to do text and photo research and writing for multivolume book series suc...

What was your first job as a journalist?

Answering letters to the editor at TIME magazine.

Have you ever used a typewriter?

Yes indeed. Used a lot of White-out too. Have also used a Telex machine.

How is social media changing news?

Twitter finds breaking news before it hits news websites. The real-time tweets from Iran elections protests of 2009 blew my mind.

Awards

Northern Lights Award

2010 - Best Internet Reporting
Canadian Tourism's annual awards for best travel journalism about Canada. I won best internet reporting for my series on a Yukon River trip that I wrote for National Geographic Traveler's Intelligent Travel blog: "Fast and Delirious," "Venus in the Hot Tub," and "So You Think Yukon Dance?"