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Lowell Thomas - reporter & swashbuckler.

Lowell Thomas - reporter & swashbuckler.

Lowell Thomas Awards 2016

Big news from the ink-stained trenches: I was recently named a 2016 Lowell Thomas Travel Journalist of the Year by the Society of American Travel Writers and also received a Lowell Thomas award for my story on expedition cruising in Papua New Guinea, published by Virtuoso Life. 

The Lowell Thomas Awards (like the Oscars of travel writing) are judged by professors at the Missouri School of Journalism.  Here’s what they said about my work: “Kim Brown Seely brings a reporter’s eyes and a writer’s ear to her craft… She puts herself in her stories, but the stories are not about her.  She uses her voice to make the trips personal for readers.”

Thank you, SATW.  I work hard in the field and even harder once I get home to craft these features.

Enormous thanks to Virtuoso Life, Sunset, and Alaska Beyond for making the assignments that allowed me to write these stories! A special shout-out to Virtuoso Life for their ongoing support of my work and for my outstanding editors there, Marika Cain and Justin Paul.

Who the heck was Lowell Thomas, anyway?  Lowell Thomas (1892 – 1982) was an American original – a roving newscaster, a crusading journalist, a filmmaker, a radio broadcaster, a world-class adventurer, author of more than 50 books, and the first man to film the Dalai Lama in Tibet.