Meet the Media – Catharine Hamm, Travel Editor at the Los Angeles Times

Meet Catharine Hamm, Travel Editor for the Los Angeles Times 
Catharine HammWhat’s your top story for today? 
The recent Meadow fire at Yosemite put the Half Dome climb off limits to hikers.
Tell us about your dream assignment.
A luxury safari in Africa (could be Kenya, South Africa or Botswana).
Describe the wackiest story you’ve written. 
Tracking down the woman who scammed me out of the money for my wedding venue.
What is your PR pet peeve? 
People who call and ask whether I’ve received a certain press release or anyone who calls and reads from a script.
Top trend in the industry you’re currently covering or are interested in.
Collaborative consumption and its effect on travel .
Tell us a little about yourself.  
I’ve spent 20 of my 38 years in media in travel journalism. It’s the only thing I’ve done that never gets boring and that includes stints running newspapers and working as a city editor. I love a well-told story and I love the challenge of telling one. The only thing I love more than travel journalism is my cats.
Questions or comments? Shout out in the comment section below or send an email to Catharine at [email protected].

6 thoughts on “Meet the Media – Catharine Hamm, Travel Editor at the Los Angeles Times

  1. Catharine – thanks for the blog post. Having been to Botswana, I agree – that is at the top of the list. My favorite safari camp there is Little Mombo. Definitely worth visiting. Cheers, David

  2. Catharine, thank you for sharing your insights. As a frequent AirBNB user I’ve also been interested in what a “collaborative consumption” future means for a number of different industries.

  3. Cannot agree more on the “reading from a script” annoyance. If you don’t know what you’re talking about, don’t call. Thanks for the post Catharine!

  4. Hi Catharine,
    So great to read your post — thank you for contributing to Backtalk. And as someone who’s getting married in less than two weeks, I hope to have NO scams to deal with! Regards, David Cumpston

  5. Thanks for the great post, Catharine! It’s interesting to hear a journalist’s insights into their own industry as well as PR.

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