Details

First Name

Therese

Last Name

Iknoian

Nickname

Therese

My Website

HITravelTales.com

My Second Website

photosbytherese.hitraveltales.com

Bio

Trained as a news journalist, I spent a decade as a daily newspaper journalist where I earned a Pulitzer Prize as part of a news team. Today, I combine prize-winning journalist’s research, writing and photography chops with my passion for meaningful travel, discovering the unexpected, and inspiring others to take their own journey of wonder, whether in the backyard or across the globe.

Teamed with my husband, Michael Hodgson, I create immersive award-winning stories and photos on our blog, HITravelTales.com, where I love to tell personal stories about the people in a place to illustrate the depth and attraction of a destination. Getting behind the scenes drives my journalistic storytelling. In fact, many destinations tell us that our stories and photos are among the best that have been done about them! Our many testimonials vouch for that. Get a look at some of my photos here.

My specialty areas and primary interests include local culture and history, people behind the destination, innovative food, creative drink, outdoor and urban adventures, Alpine trails, architecture, fitness and wellness, and boutique businesses that make a place hum. Set me loose in a destination and I’ll make friends, create compelling photos, and find stories that most will miss. I think “why” is one of my favorite words. A few bits of trivia:

• Born, raised and based in California – a proud 3rd-gen resident now in Northern California
• Secondary base in Berlin, Germany
• Proud of a degree in real journalism, with my name on a team Pulitzer Prize for news
• Also speak German and French
• I am a “dummy,” i.e. I have two “For Dummies” books to my name (Mind-Body Fitness, Tai Chi)
• Member: IFWTWA, North American Travel Journalists Association, Adventure Travel Trade Association, Professional Photographers of America, American Society of Journalists & Authors

My writing and photo honors and medals include:

> IFWTWA inaugural photo contest 2020 BEST IN SHOW/GOLD, Sliver x1; 2021 photo contest, Gold x 1, Bronze x 2, HM x 1
> 3rd place, 2020 Washington Post Travel photo contest
> 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018 NATJA awards: GOLD x3 (photography), SILVER x2 (photography), BRONZE x1 (photography), 1 honorable mention (writing), plus 2021 overall independent blog bronze  and HM (2018).
> 2022, 2019 top 5% finalist “accepted to show,” juried California State Fair Photography

State / Province

California

Country

United States

Primary focus of my work

Food, Travel, Wine

Specific Focus

History, Culture, Languages, Destinations, Reviews

How My Work Is Published

Books – as Author, Photographer – Paid on assignment, Photographer – Paid for freelance work, Blog(s) – my own posts, Blog(s) – guest posts, Writer – Printed media (magazine), Writer – Freelance on assignment, Writer – Digital media (website), Website(s) – my own

Other Associations

North American Travel Journalists Association, American Society of Journalists & Authors, Adventure Trade Trade Association media, TravMedia, Professional Photographers of America

Member Type

Regular Membership