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Bio: Amy considers food, wine and travel personal passions, and a second career. She writes about food and wine for the (Rochester) Democrat and Chronicle in upstate New York, where she is now based. As part of her job she travels frequently to the Finger Lakes region, home of the fastest growing wine region in the Empire State. She also writes about the airline industry and travel culture.

She partially blames her wanderlust on the travel scholarship she received at NYU. During her college years she went to Thailand, Brazil and Puerto Rico, and fell in love with Brazilian beef and sandy beaches.

Her telephone book-thick passport is proof of her subsequent travels. From 1996 to 2001 she worked as a reporter in Hong Kong. She reported on Hong Kong’s handover to China for Time magazine. In her early 20s she country-hopped around Asia, and wrote stories from Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore and even Sri Lanka. She has lived in Key West, Chicago, and in more recent years Monterey, California and the Bay Area.

Amy is a new media wonk and aspires to be a professional blogger. She focused on all aspects of the online world while at Columbia University’s graduate school of journalism. She wants to jump into podcasting next. She has written for The New York Times, SmartMoney magazine, Forbes.com and the SFGate.com.

When she’s offline and outside the “paper plant,? Amy loves the water and is an avid swimmer with the Rochester Area Masters Swimmers. She has a fetish for the Hudson River, and tackles the open water as part of the Manhattan Island Foundation’s summer swims. A native New Yorker, she loves her family, chocolate and Trader Joe’s.

Here are some samples of her online work:

Profile of Aquavit
http://www.nyc24.org/

Profile of Martin Yan
http://www.SFgate.com

Polar Bear Club
http://www.nyc24.org

Tale of Two Corporate Cultures
http://nyti.jrn.columbia.edu/

Trader Joe’s
http://select.nytimes.com/