Pulitzer Prize 2011-12
Our very own “Pulitzer” prize is presented to Karin Leperi for her dedication to Traveler Publications. Traveler Publications has been promoting the Best of Mexico in its annual glossy presentations and distributing them all over the world.
Karin has served as Associate Executive Editor for Traveler Publications for almost a decade. Over the years, Karin’s creative talents have served the pages of this publication well. An award winning writer and photographer, Karin has bylines in print, broadcast and Internet media. She writes on a variety of subjects including a wide array of travel topics, entertainment, cuisine, culture and the environment with an emphasis on people and places. Recently, Karin has been in demand for her writing expertise about luxury resorts and fine-dining establishments for a variety of upscale publications.
A former naval reserve officer and federal manager at U.S. Department of Energy and Department of Agriculture, Karin brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to her writing. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Master of Science in Public Administration from the California State University at Los Angeles. She has been a freelance travel writer for nearly a dozen years with bylines in more than 65 publications, including BajaTRAVELER®, Mexico Traveler®, Islands Magazine, Blue Ridge Country Magazine, Home & Away, GEICO Now Magazine, Aviation for Women Magazine, Global Woman Magazine, JustLuxe.com, and many others. A gypsy at heart, she has traveled to more than 75 countries worldwide, and hopes to soon reach the century plateau.
In addition to being a member of the Society of American Travel Writers – the preeminent travel organization in the country – Karin also holds memberships in the North American Travel Journalists Association and the International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association.
A resident of the Washington, D.C. area, Karin recently received a Silver Medal from the North American Travel Journalists Association for her story “Fantastic Voyage: Recreating the Sacred Mayan Journey,” which published in Matador Network/Brave New Traveler. “The Fantastic Voyage” also took a Second Place for Best Self-Illustrated article from the Atlantic Caribbean Chapter of the Society of American Travel Writers. In 2009, Karin received a First Place from Society of American Travel Writers for her article, “A Tri-Nation Migration – Flight of the Monarch” which appeared in our Mexico Traveler Magazine.
“What I love about having Karin on staff, is that it feels like you’re working with family,” says Mayte. “In addition, we applaud her ambition and dedication in support of Mexico tourism and to Traveler Publications. It is with sincere appreciation that we thank Karin Leperi for her years of service in promoting the best of Mexico as told within the pages of Traveler Publications.”