Growing up in Kansas, Skip Kaltenheuser was tuned to travel by a traveling salesman father’s pedal to the metal vacations. He extended his reach with travel writing, and efforts such as supervising elections and doing special projects. A member of the National Press Club international correspondents and photography committees, Skip has a diverse subject mix including politics, law, business and travel. His work has appeared in well over a hundred different magazines and newspapers worldwide. Of late, many of his features are for “Global Insight“, the magazine of the International Bar Association, for which he often comments on Washington dysfunction. Skip is a principle with the online Natural Traveler, and frequently appears in an in-flight in China, as well as many other publications, adhering to his strict criteria of anyone who will have him.
Adam Sholder (a.k.a. The Counselor) has no discernable talents and glides through life on luck and good fortune. With a “What’s the worst that could happen?” attitude, he prefers to ask for forgiveness instead of permission. When he’s not traversing the Arctic tundra, canoeing through the jungles of Panama, or wandering the streets of Havana, he can be found in Los Angeles, where he lives with his Emmy Award-winning wife, Vanessa Lapato. Together, they wrote, produced, and directed the television pilot, “Starland P.C.” Adam is also a co-host on the popular “Cutting Room Movie Review” Podcast, and is currently adapting a movie version of the Tony Award-winning play, “Fortune’s Fool” with co-writer Benedick Bates, producer Richard Reid, and director Gary Oldman.
Anne Z. Cooke, a travel and adventure writer, covers the world from digs in Los Angeles and a log cabin in the Rocky Mountains. A regular writer for the Tribune News Service, a wire service, her stories appear in travel and lifestyle publications in the U.S. and internationally. A some-time blogger and columnist, she covers a range of topics, ranging from luxury lodging to Arctic exploration and wildlife conservation, always with an eye out for the back story.
These range from city touring, museum-loitering, temple-climbing, horseback riding, spa-lingering and volcano-watching to mountain climbing, glacier-skiing, river rafting, backpacking and float-plane fishing. Her byline has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, Westways, Backpacker, MotorHome, Travel 50 & Beyond, the Miami Herald, Chicago Sun-Times, Dallas Morning News, Houston Chronicle, Boston Globe, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Philadelphia Inquirer, Los Angeles Times and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.