There are a variety of contributors to the Discovering Ohio Blog, including staff members at the Ohio Office of Tourism, as well as members of our teams at our public relations and multicultural agencies and some exciting guest travel bloggers from around Ohio and beyond. Below, you will find out more about them.
Tammy Brown has been sharing Ohio tourism experiences with media and travel writers for 15 years and currently leads the TourismOhio's award-winning public relations office. The best part of her job is seeing the look on a writer’s face as they experience Ohio’s many hidden treasures and their preconceived notions about Ohio melt away. Tammy is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a degree in journalism/public relations. She spends her free time hiking and biking Ohio, bird-watching and gardening. Only the shyest creatures escape her camera lens. You can reach Tammy via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @trvloh.
Katie Sabatino is the communications manager for TourismOhio and is a native of Columbus. She graduated from the University of Toledo with a B.A. in Broadcast Communications. After spending years as a broadcast journalist around the country, she moved back to Ohio in 2009 to help promote the state she loves. Katie enjoys hiking (especially in the winter), going to Ohio State football games, and buying Ohio-made products whenever possible. You can reach Katie at Katie.Sabatino@development.ohio.gov or on Twitter @Katiesabs.
Eric Herzog is the Tourism Information Manager of TourismOhio. He holds a B.A. in Communications from The Ohio State University. When not exploring all things geeky, Eric enjoys road and mountain bicycling. He lives in Marysville, Ohio with his wife and two daughters. You can email Eric at Eric.Herzog@development.Ohio.gov
Joe Giessler is public relations coordinator for TourismOhio. A native of Cincinnati, Joe earned his B.A. in Communications from the University of Dayton. Joe is an avid golfer, diehard Cincinnati Bengals fan and overall sports enthusiast. He enjoys running, cooking, grilling and meeting new people. You can email Joe at Joe.Giessler@development.ohio.gov.
Abbey Roy is a Kent State University journalism graduate. She writes a weekly column entitled the Bargain Advocate for the Newark Advocate and Media Network of Central Ohio and enjoys spending time with her family - her husband, Seth, and two daughters, Analeigh and Aria - reading, being outdoors (especially in the woods, water or both), bicycling and photography. She also makes a mean zucchini bread. You can email Abbey at email@example.com.
Susan J. Owens is a business strategy consultant and writer, and a lifelong Ohioan. You can find her on the web at susiej.com and susiejinc.com, and as a guest columnist at The Suburban News Publications. When not writing, you can find her in her kitchen cooking for her very active family. Her husband is an Ironman, and they have four busy boys. One of her dreams is to find a way to extend Ohio’s growing season so that her vegetable garden could last beyond November.
Dominique King is a metro Detroit writer, hockey fan and frequent visitor to Ohio. She began her writing career as a freelance writer for local newspapers, covering business, art and regional travel topics for the Mirror Newspapers, the Daily Tribune and Hour Detroit Magazine. She has a degree in Communications (M.A.) from Detroit's Wayne State University and an interest in history. You can find Dominique writing about Midwest travel at http://www.midwestguest.com or connect with her on Twitter @midwestguest.
Jill Kerr Tepe and Jenny Kerr run a travel website and blog called Jaunting with the Kerr Sisters. The site has gained popularity through its funny anecdotes and personal stories from around the globe, including those of the oldest sister Julie. Travel has always been a passion for the Kerr family, and Jill has successfully instilled that love in her husband Nick as well. Both sisters have their BA in Graphic Design from Flagler College in Florida, and they are now proud to be a part of the world-class arts community in Cincinnati. Also avid food and wine enthusiasts, the girls enjoy restaurant hopping and wine tastings. For more about the arts and culinary scene in Cincinnati, follow the girls on Twitter at @JauntingKerrs or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Robin Ott has been a freelance graphic designer for over a decade. After graduating with a degree in Computer Animation from the Art Institute of Dallas she worked for Fossil, Inc. as a product and accessory designer north of Dallas, Texas. Missing the changing seasons and her family, she returned to her native state of Ohio. Robin enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and their busy, two-year-old son, Jacob. She recently started documenting and sharing her experiences on her new blog OHtheThingsWeDo.com with co-creator Kendra LaBouf. You can find Robin checking out local wineries or horseback riding in her free time, or creating a new line of stationery and designs online at http://www.robinottdesign.com/.
For Anietra Hamper, writing is a passion. Anietra spent nearly 20 years as a top-rated television news Anchor telling thousands of stories that impact people's lives. Now, away from the spotlight, Anietra is a published travel writer. In fall 2013, Anietra was honored to be selected as a member of the prestigious Society of American Travel Writers.
Anietra's zest for exploration and photography has taken her to untouched regions of Vietnam and tribal territories of the Philippines, sharing those journeys along the way through articles and blogs. Anietra is also a correspondent for Child Fund International; one of the largest non-Government Organizations in the world.
Anietra graduated Cum Laude from Heidelberg College in Tiffin, Ohio and studied journalism at American University in Washington D.C. She enjoys fishing, photography, fitness and playing with her rescued dog Sunny. You can follow Anietra online at ThreeWordPress.com and Facebook/ThreeWordPress.
Michael Evans is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a degree in Public Affairs Journalism and currently works for The Ohio Department of Transportation as a Legislative Liaison. Michael is additionally the creator of OHventures, an Ohio tourism blog that focuses on outdoor adventure and active lifestyle. He has many hobbies, including writing, hiking, biking, rock climbing, canoeing, running, lifting weights, traveling and photography. You can write to Michael at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vincent Guerrieri has been a writer for all of his professional life. He graduated from Bowling Green State University in Ohio with a bachelor's degree. His works include writing for newspapers in major cities, online news sources, regional publications, public relations/speech writing, and as a contributor to the DiscoveringOhio.com travel blog.
Hannah Henthorne is currently a third year student at The Ohio State University. She is studying English with a minor in Communication. Although she has grown up in the central Ohio area, she is proud to call the entire state home. Hannah is an avid reader, writer, photographer, dog lover, and traveler. She also enjoys staying in shape by cycling around the central Ohio bike paths. You can reach Hannah at email@example.com.
Holly Hammersmith is an Ohio native and Cleveland-based writer. She is a graduate of Bowling Green State University, with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism, and previously spent time as a news reporter for the Sandusky Register and The (Fort Wayne) Journal Gazette. In her spare time, Holly can be found running or practicing yoga. She enjoys visiting local coffee shops, day-tripping and has a passion for Lake Erie. Holly lives with her husband and half-dozen houseplants. Find Holly at http://hollyhammersmith.com.
Karrie McAllister is a lifelong resident of Ohio. A graduate of the College of Wooster, she and her family resides in Wayne County. Karrie has been writing a weekly living column in local newspapers since 2006 and also teaches music in a private school. Her family thrives on adventure, back roads and joyous surprises that lie in every corner when you take the time to look. Her personal website Dirt Don't Hurt tracks her writing, and she can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jesse Ghiorzi is a New York native that has been living in Ohio for most of the last decade. He moved to Columbus in 2008 after graduating from Miami University in 2006. Ghiorzi works as the Marketing & Communications Manager for Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and The Mid-Ohio School. Last year, between work and fun, he spent 27 weekends away from home, plenty of them across Ohio. He blogs occasionally at jesseghiorzi.com and tweets more often at @jesseghiorzi.
Emily Floyd is currently a third year at The Ohio State University working towards a degree in Marketing and a minor in Spanish. She spent the majority of her childhood growing up in the Cincinnati area, and the city holds a special place in her heart. Emily loves spending her free time hiking, canoeing, camping, and backpacking, especially in the beautiful state parks of Ohio. She is also an avid OSU football fan, bookworm, amateur baker and photographer, pianist, and lover of all things travel related. You can reach Emily at email@example.com.