I am a journalist, correspondent, blogger, essayist and author. I cover travel, food and lifestyle topics.
I am a correspondent at The Boston Globe, and a contributor/blogger at OpenTable.com and Chowhound. As a contributing writer at TravelChannel.com, I was the site’s NYC expert and covered travel and food. And as a contributor at CNN.com I covered global travel stories. I have also been published in The New York Times, Boston Magazine, Time Out NY for Kids, New England Travel & Life, The Boston Herald, Woman’s Day, Parenting, The New York Daily News, The New York Post, Travel Agent Magazine, Business Travel News, Restaurant Business, Edible Vermont, Care.com and many more publications and websites. I have also written essays for Working Mother magazine, Salon.com and Sesame Street Parents. And I have blogged for GM’s drivethedistrict.com, Travelmuse.com (I covered NYC) and Nearsay.com (I covered NYC). I also have a love for investigative reporting and started out my journalism career with syndicated columnist/muckraker Jack Anderson in DC.)
As a travel editor for ten years at Bridal Guide, a national glossy bridal magazine based in Manhattan, I assigned, wrote and edited hundreds of articles that revolved around honeymoons and destination weddings. I was responsible for the 70-plus travel section in each issue–one of the biggest travel sections in the magazine industry. I traveled to amazing upscale, five-star resorts and destinations around the globe.
I am also an author. I have written several travel guidebooks, including The Unofficial Guide to New England and New York. And, I am a co-author of several Murder, She Wrote novels. I also collaborated on How to Organize Just About Everything with Peter Walsh; I wrote 80 mini-chapters.
A little about why I think I fell in love with writing and travel: My father wrote Coffee, Tea or Me? when I was seven years old. The book made the New York Times bestseller list for an entire year. I wasn’t allowed to tell anyone that my father wrote it. He was the ghostwriter for two fictitious stewardesses, Trudy Baker and Rachel Jones. I was so embarrassed by Coffee, Tea or Me? I wasn’t quite sure why it was a big secret that my father wrote the book or, even more confusing, why my dad was pretending to be a woman, or worse, two women but I was very happy to keep the secret. Today, I’m very proud that my dad wrote it. Not only did I become a writer but, perhaps inspired by Coffee, Tea or Me?, I fell in love with the travel industry and have made my living as a travel writer and editor, crisscrossing the globe on assignment for almost two decades.
If you’d like to check out some of my articles, please visit http://muckrack.com/laurieheather. Or, you can view them on the blog in the Articles section.
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