Photo by David Yellen Photography

Photo by David Yellen Photography

About Me

I'm a writer, editor, photographer, and reporter based in New York City.

Currently, I'm Senior Hospitality Editor at Skift, a travel intelligence company, where I report on the hospitality industry, which covers hotels and Airbnb.

In 2017, I published a 60,000-word piece on the creation of the boutique hotel movement in the U.S., The Complete Oral History of Boutique Hotels, which spans four decades and included more than two dozen interviews.

Prior to working at Skift, I was the Managing Editor of Specialty Food News and Specialty Food Magazine. Before that, I was the Managing Editor of Incentive magazine and the Senior Editor of Successful Meetings magazine. Both of these brands are dedicated to covering the meetings, incentives and travel industries. I've also been a staff editor at Travel Agent, Luxury Travel Advisor, and TravelAge West.

I've also been quoted in publications that include the San Francisco Chronicle, U.S. News & World Report, Market Watch, Bloomberg, and Reuters.

While I've covered the travel industry for more than 11 years now, I'm also interested in writing more about topics that include food, culture, technology, design, marketing, and social issues. I've been working as a writer, editor, and reporter in the publishing industry for a total of 16 years.

When I'm not at typing up my latest story or snapping a photo, you can usually find me (1) dog sitting for friends or (2) eating out -- or cooking in.


2010 North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA) First Place (Gold) Winner for Travel Trade Article

61st Annual Jesse H. Neal Awards Finalist for 2015 - Best Instructional Content

2015 Azbee Silver Award Winner for How-to Article, Northeast Region

2015 FOLIO: Eddie Awards Winner for B-to-B–Series/Single Article–Travel


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All photographs on this site, unless otherwise noted, were taken by me. My photographs have been published online and in print for various titles.