MEGAN BANNISTER is a Midwest-based freelance writer passionate about offbeat destinations, roadside attractions and “world’s largest” things.

VITTORIA BENZINE is an art journalist, essayist and editor based in Brooklyn. You can find her work in UP Magazine, The Smart Set, Street Art United States and more. Her full body of work is available at, and you can send her love letters @vittoriabenzine.

ARTHUR BOVINO is a restaurant, food, and travel writer and professionally trained cook. He was The Daily Meal‘s founding Eat/Dine editor. His book “Buffalo Everything: A Guide to Eating in ‘The Nickel City“‘ was released in 2018. He lives in New York City.

TAG CHRISTOF is a photographer and writer based in Los Angeles and Santa Fe, N.M. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Intercept, Monocle, Vogue, apartmento and others.

JONATHAN COHEN is a journalist, producer, and talent booker. He is the author of the 2011 New York Times best-selling authorized biography of Pearl Jam, “Pearl Jam 20.

MARIEL CONCEPCION is a writer and editor based in San Diego. She’s currently a reporter at the San Diego Business Journal, and her work has appeared in Billboard, XXL, Vibe and more.  

CHUCK EDDY is an Austin-based music journalist and author of four books, including “Stairway to Hell, The 500 Best Heavy Metal Albums in the Universe.

CAROLINE EUBANKS is a freelance writer based in Atlanta and the author of the award-winning book “This Is My South: The Essential Travel Guide to the Southern States.” Her work has appeared in Afar, BBC Travel, Travel + Leisure and Roadtrippers. You can follow her work and travels in the South at @cairinthecity.

BRIAN FARNHAM is an executive editor at YouTube, writer and former editor-in-chief of Time Out New York. He’s from New York City.

DANA FREEMAN is a Vermont-based freelance writer focusing on authentic luxury, small ship cruising and culinary travel. Her work appears in CNN Travel, Thrillist, and ClubLife Magazine.

MEGHAN GUNN is a writer based in New York with roots in Missouri. Her work has appeared in GEN, Sojournersand the 2021 edition of Best American Travel Writing.

HILARY HARTY is a Chilean food, music, and travel writer based in Seattle. Follow her on Instagram at @iamsoupdumpling for more shenanigans.

LAUREN HASLETT is a Seattle-based food and travel writer whose writing has appeared in Eat This, Not That,,, and

MAGGIE HENNESSY is the food critic for Time Out Chicago and a freelance food and drink journalist whose work has appeared in Plate magazine, Wine Enthusiast, Taste, Chicago magazine, Cherry Bombe and the Takeout. She lives in Chicago with her husband and her pit bull, Penny. 

TIFFANY HILL is a writer and editor based in Portland. She specializes in travel, culture and business. She’s a former staff writer for Honolulu Magazine and her work is regularly published in regional, national and online publications. When she’s not on assignment, you can find her playing roller derby.

KATY SPRATTE JOYCE is a Midwest-based freelance writer who specializes in food and travel coverage. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Travel+Leisure, EatingWell and more. For lots of brunches at home and geriatric dog pics, follow her on insta @katysjoyce.

JACQUELINE KEHOE is a freelance writer and photographer from Madison, Wis. Her photos and words have appeared in National Geographic, Travel + Leisure, Lonely Planet and others.

PARIS LANGLE is a freelance writer who lives in Corona, Calif. 

MICHELE LAUFIK is an editor and writer whose work has appeared in Glamour, NBCUniversal, Martha Stewart Living, PureWow and BizBash, among others. She recently moved from New York City to Lexington, Kentucky.

ROB LEDONNE is a Brooklyn-based culture and humor writer who has written for Billboard, The New York Times, GQ, Rolling Stone and Esquire. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @RobLeDonne

PATTY LEE is a Brooklyn-based editor who has written for Time Out New York, Zagat, Thrillist and more. A native New Yorker, her perfect weekend breakfast is a combination of bagels and dim sum — see what she (and her toddler) are eating on Instagram at @bypattylee

JAY LOUIS is an entertainment writer and the creator of the defunct blog Hot Chicks with Douchebags. He lives in Los Angeles.  

EVAN MALACHOSKY is a writer/editor based in Pittsburgh. His work has appeared in Cool Hunting, Mr. Porter, Valet, Grailed, Cool Material and more. He received the 2020 Media Trailblazer award from the Consumer Technology Association for his work covering consumer electronics. 

MATT MELTZER is a travel writer who’s been on staff at Thrillist and Matador Network and contributed to numerous other publications. He teaches writing for digital media at the University of Miami, and you can follow his adventures on Instagram @meltrez1.

MARK NEUROHR-PIERPAOLI is a high school English and history teacher by day, worldwide wanderer by summer vacation. His passion for hot dogs, sausages and other strange, encased meats is documented on his YouTube channel: I Never Sausage a Hot Dog!

WES ORSHOSKI is a New York-based filmmaker, photographer, and writer. His directorial debut was 2010’s Lemmy,” the documentary celebrating the life of Motörhead singer Lemmy Kilmister, followed by a documentary on British punks The Damned. In addition to film work, he has for more than 20 years worked as a music journalist and photographer. His work has been published in Mojo, Rolling Stone, Billboard, The Source, and many others.

JOHN ORTVED’s articles and essays have appeared in The New York Times, Vogue, Vanity Fair and The New Yorker. He lives in New York City.

JOHN PARADISO is a writer, editor and photographer based in Durham, N.C. He is currently the managing editor of Cool Material, and his work has appeared in Hop Culture, InsideHook and Cool Hunting, among others.

ANNA RAHMANAN is a writer and editor based in New York. Her writing has appeared in the Huffington Post, the BBC, the Telegraph, Forbes, Fortune and more.

EMILY ROTHSCHILD is a freelance writer and content designer at Google. She loves Maryland, candy and french fries. 

KATY SEVERSON is a freelance writer passionate about all things food, farming and foraging. Her work appears in Bon Appetit, Huffington Post and Cherry Bombe.

JENNIFER SIMONSON is a travel writer from Dallas. Her work has appeared in Fodor’s, Frommer’s, Lonely Planet, Houston Chronicle, Slate, Roads & Kingdoms, and more.

COLIN ST. JOHN is a Denver native who contributes to Rolling Stone, Esquire, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Deadspin and other various publications. He likes some specific things (chicken sandwiches, Richard Linklater movies) and dislikes others (sliced tomatoes, guns).

JOSHUA DAVID STEIN is an author and journalist. Among his recent books are “Notes from a Young Black Chef,” co-written with Kwame Onwuachi, and “The Ball Book,” a children’s book for Phaidon. He lives in Brooklyn and is from Philadelphia.

ERIKA SZUMEL is a freelance writer from Asbury Park, N.J. 

BRAM TEITELMAN plays keyboards in Black Wail, occasional freelance journalist and North American marketing manager at Napalm Records. His writing has appeared in Billboard, Metal Insider and Muscle & Fitness. You can find him on Twitter @bramfilter.

CAMERON VIGLIOTTA is a freelance journalist and copywriter based in Portland, Ore.

AMY MARTURANA WINDERL is a freelance writer and editor based in central New York. Her work has appeared in Self, Outside, Livestrong, Martha Stewart Living and more. You can find her on Instagram (@amymart) and Twitter (@amymarturana).