About Renee Brincks

I write about travel, culture and small businesses, from heirloom vegetable growers in New York, to Alaska gallery owners, to bakers and brewers building California brands.

I’ve reported features and front-of-book stories for National Geographic Traveler, BBC Travel, United Hemispheres, Endless Vacation, Via, American Way, the San Francisco Chronicle, Alaska Airlines Beyond, Celebrated Living, Sunset, Rodale’s Organic Life, Where San Francisco, SportsCar Magazine, Smart Meetings, Pebble Beach Magazine, Oakland Magazine, Gentry, The Magazine, Carmel Magazine, ReadyMade, Edible Iowa, Edible Monterey Bay, U.S. Airways, Ideal Bite, Rundown SF, the Monterey Herald and other outlets.

I’m the Alaska editor for Travel Weekly and a former six-year San Francisco editor for Zagat.com, and I wrote a chapter on Volkswagen bus enthusiasts for the 2015 book Bulli Love.

Some of my favorite articles spotlight a kayaking guide in Kenai Fjords National Park (part of a BBC Travel package that won SATW gold honors); showcase San Francisco visitor highlights (part of a National Geographic Traveler series that earned NATJA silver); chronicle the history of San Francisco’s cable cars (a Visit California Eureka winner); explore the evolution and impact of seed saving; and survey what distinguishes Alaska’s brewers and distillers.

As an in-house and contract writer, I’ve crafted custom content and copy for health and wellness, hospitality, transportation and tech clients. Before launching my full-time freelance business in 2006, I managed communications for the Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau, covered community stories at the Des Moines Register, and earned a master’s degree in communications from Australia’s Bond University. I also double-majored in English and Spanish at Central College.

I settled in San Francisco after living in Spain, Alaska and Australia, and I spend a few months each year writing in Iowa, where I grew up. Outside of work, I’m a baseball fan and a long-distance inline skater—I’ve explored Spain, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Quebec and Idaho on eight wheels.