Thomas DeVoss writes about architecture and design for the East-West News Service. A licensed architect (AIA TBAE NCARB LEED), DeVoss’ projects include an off-grid orphanage complex in Haiti, sustainable master plans in Australia and houses throughout Los Angeles. Previously, he worked as a designer and team leader at Gehry Partners on the Barclays Arena for the Brooklyn Nets, the Guggenheim Museum in Abu Dhabi, and the Altantis Sentosa Resort proposal in Singapore.

DeVoss received his Masters of Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis in 2006. He earned his Bachelor in Classics from Georgetown University in 2002 and studied abroad at Cornell’s architecture school in Rome. As a member of the Art Director’s Guild, he also provides illustration services including set sketches, 3d models, set design, and renders to the commercial entertainment industry. For more on DeVoss see and


Peter Greenberg is a multiple, Emmy Award-winning investigative reporter, New York Times best selling author and producer.   Peter is the Travel Editor for CBS News and America’s most recognized and respected front-line travel news journalist. Known as “The Travel Detective,” Greenberg is the consummate insider on reporting the travel business as news. Greenberg hosts a television show, “The Travel Detective with Peter Greenberg,” and also produces and co-hosts an ongoing series of acclaimed public television specials, “The Royal Tour,” featuring personal, one-on-one journeys through countries with their heads of state.

On radio he hosts the nationally syndicated show “Peter Greenberg Worldwide,” broadcast each week from a different remote location worldwide. His website,, is one of the leading travel news resources for consumers and industry insiders alike. When he is not traveling the globe, Greenberg also serves as an active volunteer firefighter in New York.


Julie L. Kessler practiced transactional law for 25 years in Hawaii, California and France before turning full-time to her first love of writing. She is the author of the award-winning travel memoir “Fifty-Fifty, The Clarity of Hindsight.”

A long time traveler, she’s been to over 80 countries, lived in Japan and in France, and spent significant periods of time in Israel, Hong Kong and Indonesia. She received her B.A. in political science from the University of Hawaii, Manoa, and Juris Doctor degree from The National Law Center at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Kessler’s legal commentary appears in The Asia Times, The L.A. Daily Journal and The S.F. Daily Journal. She writes front page travel feature stories for The Honolulu Star-Advertiser and is a regular travel contributor to The L.A. Times. Her work has also appeared in Travel&Leisure.


Caitlin Martin began her writing career at Ogilvy Public Relations in Washington DC and Los Angeles. For ten years, she represented global brands across a range of industries including luxury tourism destinations, hospitality, airlines, consumer packaged goods, B2B technology, and consumer technology. Caitlin counseled clients on everything from brand strategy, event planning and crisis communications to media relations, advertising, and social media. She wrote creative and technical articles, website copy, speeches, and proposals. Now Caitlin has taken her travel industry knowledge and writing skills to a new level as she writes for national travel websites and travel trade magazines.


An alumna of Stanford University and UCLA Law School, Ann Rushton took the opportunity to travel as a student in Italy, and as a legal intern in Saipan for the Congress of Micronesia. After graduation she worked with the California Attorney General’s office in Los Angeles before moving overseas. She spent eight years in Asia, first in Hong Kong where she worked for an international law firm, then in Bangkok, before moving to Mexico City. Back in LA, she worked eight years as the staff counsel for the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy handling acquisitions of parkland and open space, then rejoined the Attorney General’s Office in the Environment Section. Retired from legal work, she’s now a travel photographer, with a special interest in the environment and climate change issues. Her photos have appeared in Time, Smithsonian, and www.



Jacqueline Swartz grew up in San Francisco, lived in Greece and Paris and now resides in Toronto. She has traveled to seldom visited places in Northern India, interviewed philosophers in Paris and sent political dispatches and radio documentaries from Athens. Her work appears in major Canadian publications, and she has written for Agence-France Presse about the Toronto Film Festival, Cosmopolitan and other women’s magazines about health, and Conde Nast Traveler in the UK. Travel writing encompasses her interests and passions, from architecture to food, from health to archaeology.