Meet the Media – Christopher Reynolds, Travel Writer at the Los Angeles Times

Meet Christopher Reynolds, Travel Writer for the Los Angeles Times 
la-bio-christopher-reynoldsWhat’s your top story for today? 
Well, I recently wrote a story about Pike Place Market in Seattle. I just traveled for a story in Texas, to be published soon. I also edited together a 1-minute video from footage I shot in Alaska.
Tell us about your dream assignment.
Dream assignment? The dreams vary, but one is Newfoundland. My father was born there. I’ve never been. But the summer lasts about 45 minutes, so it’s quite difficult to plot a travel story that won’t have to sit around for a year.
Describe the wackiest story you’ve written.
Before dawn one day in the 1980s, I grabbed up the trash cans of San Diego’s police chief and wrote a story analyzing their contents. (This was prompted by a court ruling that police or anyone else could legally rummage through your trash once you put the bin out on the street.) I had pre-lawyered the idea, but my editors failed to inform the paper’s top editor until the last minute. He killed the story. About two years later, the police chief was hired as a top executive by the publishing company in charge of the newspaper.  (This was not the LA Times.)
What is your PR pet peeve? 
PR pet peeve: Pitches promoting a destination that we’ve just covered. E-mails that pretend to be follow-ups to earlier conversations.
Top trend in the industry you’re currently covering or are interested in.
When will holdout hotels realize that they’re doing themselves major harm by charging for Wi-Fi? How much travel industry market share can companies like Airbnb and Uber gain, how will the government go about regulating them and how will more traditional companies try to win customers back? What will it take to make Americans feel more comfortable about travel in Mexico again?
Tell us a little about yourself.  
I’ve been writing about travel, arts and culture for the LA Times since 1992. If you follow me on Twitter @mrcsreynolds, we may be able to persuade my bosses that I have a clue about social media.
Questions or comments? Shout out in the comment section below or send an email to Christopher at [email protected].

6 thoughts on “Meet the Media – Christopher Reynolds, Travel Writer at the Los Angeles Times

  1. Christopher – thanks for the contribution. Speaking of trash, a friend of mine in Mill Valley saw TV chef Tyler Florence’s trash on the curb one day and found pre-packaged processed dinner containers there. Guess he’s not as into sustainable/organic as he purports to be? You never know what you’ll find in someone else’s trash. Keep up the good work and thanks for letting us know a bit more about yourself. Cheers, David Landis

  2. Thanks for sharing your insights, Christopher. I was born and raised in Alaska — Hope you had a good time up there.

  3. Hi Christopher,
    Thanks so much for contributing to our blog! I’m also interested to see how the future of companies like Uber and Airbnb will play out. If you decide to write a story about the topic, I would love to read it!
    Best,
    Elena Fuhrmann

  4. Perhaps the “holdout hotels” that charge for Wi-Fi will stick around like bottled water… they figure since people need it, they’ll pay for it. Thanks for posting, Christopher!

  5. Hi Christopher,
    Thanks for the insightful post! I’ll be curious to read your story about getting Americans back to Mexico. I’ve not felt the need to reschedule my upcoming Mexico trip and think that a bad thing could happen to me just as easily when walking down a dark street in San Francisco in the middle of the night. Unfortunate things can happen anywhere, anytime. I try not to let the fear get the best of me.
    Regards,
    David

  6. I went to college with Chris at CSU Fresno. Well….some time ago. Hey. Now I know a bit more about him.
    We had much fun in those days, comrades with other journalists, now spread out through the US, most thankfully practicing their craft.
    Chris had a uniquely observant eye, even back then. I think he’s doing exactly what he was meant to do.

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