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Grateful for New Faces, Great Places

As the holiday season gears up around the offices, we’ve been busying adding terrific new contributors who are traveling to some amazing places.

Many contributors to are veteran travel, food, and wine/spirits/brews writers and photographers who have won multiple awards for their work. As the season of Thanksgiving approaches, it reminds me how grateful and humbled I am that these writers/photographers choose to help make great.

Let me introduce some you may not have met:

Lee JuilleratLee Juillarat works as the Herald and News Regional Editor in Kalamath Falls, Oregon. The Herald and News is a daily newspaper serving Klamath, Lake, Siskiyou and Modoc Counties with a circulation second only to the state’s largest newspaper, the Oregonian. Lee is a veteran travel writer who also writes for publications such as Northwest Travel, Range and Horizon and Alaska Airlines magazines. An avid winter sports fan, he’s a longtime member of North American Snowsports Journalists (NASJA). Lee has written for about dining at Crater Lake Lodge and he’s soon to bring us a story about food aboard a yacht in the Adriatic Sea islands.

Betsa MarshYou’ll soon see travel expert and award-winning writer Betsa Marsh gracing the pages of Betsa, a SATW Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Award winner, is a writer/photographer who’s reported from 100 countries on seven continents. Her work has appeared in such publications as National Geographic Traveler, Islands, American Way, Endless Vacation, Midwest Living, Ohio Magazine and Indianapolis Monthly, plus USA TODAY, Dallas Morning News, Miami Herald, Toronto Star, Vancouver Sun, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Cincinnati Enquirer (whew!).

Betsa is the creator of “Cincinnati Essentials” travel app for iTunes and androids and author of The Eccentric Traveler: A World of Curious Adventures. She’s past president of the Society of American Travel Writers, the largest and most prestigious professional organization for travel writers/editors. You’ll soon see stories from Betsa on cruising on the Star Clipper and her adventures in Fiji.

Carla WaldemarAnother veteran food/travel journalist who’s added her talents to is Carla Waldemar. Carla’s impressive credentials include serving as food editor for Better Homes and Gardens and senior editor for Cuisine magazines. She is currently the Twin Cities editor of the annual Zagat Survey and writes regularly for the Lavender magazine. Carla’s work for has included eating BBQ in Kansas City, drinking Lodi Wines, exploring Louisville, Kentucky, and, most recently, exploring Croatia. Soon you’ll also see Carla’s stories about traveling in Russia and Estonia.

Jeff Thomas wineYou may have noticed contributions from world travelers Jeffery Thomas and his photographer wife Dawn Thomas. Jeff and Dawn are food and wine lovers and they frequently travel to places like Europe and Asia, especially Singapore, one of the world’s great food capitals. Jeff has reviewed both Aviation and Martin Miller gin and a home brewer’s guide for Most recently, he’ll offer his take on the Heathman’s fall cocktail line-up in Portland, Oregon.


Spencer GeorgeChef and baking expert Spencer George has come on board to write cookbook reviews for Spencer is the son of Lisa George, RFT’s Cookbook Editor, and he works as a chef and baker at Latigo Ranch, their guest ranch in Kremmling, Colorado. Spencer specializes in baking and brings a much needed authority to our cookbooks.

Julie Pegg Wine Expert Canada

Wine & Spirits Editor Julie Pegg

RFT wine readers know wine expert Julie Pegg is a long time contributor to She has recently been named RFT’s Senior Wine & Spirits Editor. Julie’s work—both authoritative and quirky/fun–includes stories on Syrah, Prosecco, wines of France’s Loire Valley, and many pieces on pairing food and wine. In addition to traveling the world to find the best wines and spirits for readers, Julie has represented as an expert speaker at the International Wine Tourism Conference in Italy. Julie’s promotion from Wine & Spirits Editor to Senior Wine & Spirits Editor reflects her valuable contributions to Congrats, Julie!

My sincere thanks to all these talented writer/photographers who make, THE authority in culinary tourism.

We’re looking forward to more stories from these and other talented folks—maybe even you. If you’re interested in writing for, email me – Bobbie Haseslbring, RFT Editor

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Bobbie Hasselbring, RFT Editor

RFT co-founder Bobbie Hasselbring has been a travel junkie her entire life. An award-winning writer and editor for more than 25 years and author of the regional food-travel bestsellers, The Chocolate Lover’s Guide to the Pacific Northwest and The Chocolate Lover’s Guide Cookbook, Bobbie is editor-in-chief at