Gary and Peggy Diedrichs, Publishers. As GTG’s editorial director, Gary’s background includes authoring guidebooks for Hawaii and Jamaica for Fodor’s and Bantam Books, as a widely published writer (including his recent cover article in the British Airways magazine, HighLife), magazine editor and a novelist. Peggy has loads of experience in advertising and marketing for travel publications and green companies. She grew up on a family farm in Michigan. Her dad used biodynamic growing methods. Gary’s fondest childhood memories are of waking up to the morning chores of his grandparents’ 100-acre farm in Ohio. Gary even had his five seconds of fame in an excellent documentary about farming called Hidden Bounty of Marin.
Since founding GTG, they’ve literally journeyed around the globe for months at a time in search of the world’s best green travel, including long stints in Hawaii, Mexico, Spain and Asia.
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Michael Straus, Senior Editor & Partner. This Northern California native grew up on his family’s dairy farm, which he helped transform into one of America’s organic pioneers, Straus Family Creamery. After 16 years as a communications consultant for organic foods, sustainable agriculture and environmental issue, Michael now manages Straus Home Ranch, a five-star vacation rental and events venue, and also researches psychic phenomena.
Michael’s recent forays include Brazil, Peru, India, Nepal, Mongolia, Burma, Thailand, Lebanon, Bosnia, UAE, Malaysia, the Philippines, Indonesia, Armenia and multiple visits to Russia (including a minus-40 degree Siberian winter working with a former KGB agent-turned-forager).
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Linda & Rolly Wahl, Contributing Editors. After more than two decades writing, editing and exploring in the green Colorado high country, Rolly sold his award-winning magazine publishing company and headed West, where he and his wife Linda enjoy their creekside cottage nestled in a redwood canyon in Mill Valley, California. Rolly earned his green stripes in Colorado as a founding board member of Environment 2000, among the nation’s premier environmental organizations, where he chaired numerous eco-conferences and community outreach events. His award-winning magazines in Steamboat Springs, Vail and Boulder regularly celebrated sustainable living practices, natural habitat preservation and renewable resources.
Linda Wahl’s interior design company, One to One Interiors, has been creating attractive, comfortable and eco-friendly living spaces throughout the western U.S. for more than 20 years. As a Certified Green Building Professional, Linda incorporates green building practices into each of her assignments, focusing on energy efficiency, indoor air quality, resource conservation, water conservation and livable communities.
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Frank Kuznik, Contributing Editor. The magic and mystery of Prague suited Frank well when he moved there after a 25-year career as an investigative reporter, writer and editor in the U.S. Born and raised in the steel mill neighborhoods of Cleveland, Frank cut his journalistic teeth reporting on politics, crime and social issues in his hometown before moving on to run the editorial operations at city magazines in Milwaukee and Detroit, and the alternative weekly in Washington, D.C.
In early 2002, Frank’s appetite for adventure took him to the Czech Republic and a job at The Prague Post, the premier English-language newspaper in Central Europe. Seduced by the city’s rich cultural life, he reinvented himself an arts and entertainment editor, music critic, opera maven and travel writer. Frank wrote about Prague for the Time Out and Fodor’s guides, and authored a complete guidebook to the city, Prague Walks, as well as Festival Europe, an insider’s guide to the European summer festival circuit. He has written about many European destinations, and extensively about Slovenia, which his grandparents left in 1901 in search of a fresh start in the New World. Retracing their footsteps led to his grandfather’s village and an encounter with a friendly local named…Frank Kuznik.
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Andrea Naversen, Contributing Editor, is a wanderer at heart. A veteran magazine editor, newspaper reporter, network television correspondent, anchor and author, she got a taste for travel as a child, crisscrossing the United States with her Air Force family in a big, blue Ford station wagon. The constant moves made her curious about the wide world beyond her own backyard.
Naversen began her journalism career as a reporter for The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, where she also freelanced for TIME and Business Week. She eventually transitioned to television, reporting stories all over the U.S. and a good part of the globe for CBS and ABC. Her assignments included covering the aftermath of riots near Egypt’s Great Pyramids of Giza, reporting on humanitarian efforts in Haiti, and interviewing tailors who stitched bespoke suits for princes, prime ministers and power brokers on London’s famed Savile Row. Now settled in San Diego, Naversen is also Editor-at-Large of Ranch & Coast magazine, covering So-Cal lifestyles, personalities and travel.
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Scott Adelson, Contributing Editor. Scott is a San Francisco-based communication guru, editor and journalist. A true lover of “the road” who has had the distinct pleasure of being kicked out of five countries, he has traveled to and reported from places as diverse as Tibet, Sudan and Eastern Europe, embracing a commitment to adventure and storytelling that has informed his 25-year career.
As a Washington, D.C., correspondent in the 1980s, Scott reported on Congress, the Reagan administration, environmental issues and legislation. He has written for Outside Magazine, among many others. Scott is also a Co-Founder and the Chief Growth Officer of a revolutionary new smartphone application for people in motion called Flypside that allows you to create a forward-facing timeline to communicate where you will be in the future and meet up with the people you choose (including fellow green travelers).
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Laurel Miller, Contributing Editor. Laurel is a Boulder-based travel and food writer and cheese consultant, a contributing editor at culture: the word on cheese and co-author of Cheese for Dummies. She grew up on a California ranch raising dairy goats and a menagerie of other animals, which inspired her to educate others about sustainable agriculture and seasonal eating through her cooking school and farm tour program, The Sustainable Kitchen©. Laurel operated that business in Berkeley from 1999 to 2005, but then got sucked into travel and food writing as a way to see the world on someone else’s dime (mostly).
Laurel is also a contributor to Gadling, Sunset, American Cowboy, Curbed Ski, The Huffington Post, BootsnAll and Edible Communities. She has traveled all over the world, but can’t seem to shake her particular obsession with South America, Australia, Hawaii (where she has lived, twice) and the American Southwest.