About Renee Brincks: I am a travel, food and culture writer who lived in the Midwest, Alaska and Australia before landing in coastal California. Today, I split my time between San Francisco and Iowa.

During more than a decade as a full-time freelancer, I’ve written for National Geographic Traveler, BBC Travel, Hemispheres, Sunset, American Way, San Francisco Chronicle, Alaska Airlines Beyond, Celebrated Living, Rodale’s Organic Life, Endless Vacation, Where San Francisco, SportsCar Magazine, Smart Meetings, Oakland Magazine, Gentry, The Magazine, Folks, Carmel Magazine, ReadyMade, Edible Iowa, Edible Monterey Bay, the Des Moines Register, U.S. Airways, Ideal Bite, Rundown SF, the Monterey Herald and other outlets. I’m a Travel Weekly contributing editor and a San Francisco editor for Zagat, and I am a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors.

My “Mini Guide: San Francisco” story for National Geographic Traveler helped the series earn a silver medal in the 2017 North American Travel Journalists Association Awards. I also won a 2017 Visit California Eureka Award for my Where San Francisco story on the city’s cable cars. My chapter on the San Francisco Volkswagen van tour company Vantigo appears in the 2015 book Bulli Love.

Whether exploring under-the-radar destinations or interviewing high-profile individuals like Sir Richard Branson and Donna Karan, I’m always looking for unexpected angles. My favorite features spotlight interesting people doing interesting things, from glacier tour guides and heirloom vegetable farmers to small-scale brewers and innovative architects.

Before launching my freelance business, I managed communications for the Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau and covered community stories at the Des Moines Register. As an in-house and contract writer/editor, I’ve crafted web content, annual reports, white papers and other copy. I earned a master’s in communications as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar at Australia’s Bond University, and I studied in Spain while double majoring in English and Spanish at Central College in Iowa.

Outside of work, I’m a big fan of baseball, ice cream, good beer, postcards and long-distance inline skating trips – I’ve explored Spain, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Idaho on eight wheels.