Catherine Watson’s travel dreams took flight in grade school, when she and her best friend discovered Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan books. Long family road trips and two student exchange programs – American Field Service to Germany in high school, and the Minnesota SPAN Project to Lebanon in college – only made that passion stronger.
Trained as a journalist, Catherine became the first travel editor at the Minneapolis Star Tribune (www.startribune.com) and continued as its chief travel writer and photographer from 1978 to 2004. Her work has taken her to 115 countries and won numerous awards, including the top two in her field: The Lowell Thomas Travel Journalist of the Year and the Society of American Travel Writers Photographer of the Year. She is the 2012 Distinguished Educator of the University of Minnesota's College of Continuing Education.
She has been published in more than a dozen anthologies and is the author of two collections of travel essays, “Road Less Traveled’’ (Syren Books, 2005) and “Home on the Road’’ (Syren, 2007), both of which were Minnesota Book Awards finalists. Catherine teaches workshops in travel writing and memoir in the U.S. and abroad, and divides her home time between Minneapolis and the historic village of Galena, Illinois. firstname.lastname@example.org