Media Minds: Kathy Witt

Lifestyle & Travel Writer | Author

Recent recipient of the coveted Mark Twain Travel Writing Award for her book “Atlanta, Georgia: A Photographic Portrait,” Kathy Witt has written thousands of freelance features in publications likeExaminer.com and Georgia Magazine on the topics of travel and lifestyle. She has been a featured writer and travel columnist with Kentucky Living Magazine for more than ten years and a columnist with The Travel Goods Association’s Travel Goods Showcase Magazine for five years. To read some of her most recent work, check out Kathy’s blog and three monthly syndicated columns: “Bucket List Adventures,” “Travel Goods, Gadgets & Gear” and “Cruise Trends & Tips.” Want to learn what makes Kathy tick? Read on.

What makes a good story?

One with an emotional hook.

What story, in your career, are you most proud of?

“Honoring Heroes,” about the Honor Flight program for World War II veterans.

How did you get your start?

Writing the creative for a travel agency – it let me combine travel and writing. Wonderful experience.

What’s your biggest pet peeve?

The idea that everyone can write, and that everyone is writing a book. Can everyone be a doctor? An astronaut? A plumber? NO! It takes a lot of training, education, dedication, rejection, commitment, perseverance, talent, belief in yourself and more.

Why is journalism rewarding to you?

It lets me do the thing I love most – write.

When did you know you wanted to be a journalist?

I always wanted to be a writer – from about age 12 on.

What famous historical figure do you wish you could have interviewed and why?

Margaret Mitchell – one book written more than 75 years ago that still resonates with millions of readers. Wow!

If you would like to learn more about Kathy, visit her website here.

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