Keep scrolling if you want the traditional writer’s bio stuff.  I’d like to start out on a less formal note.

In the more than twenty years I’ve been word-slinging, I’ve been fortunate to write about a lot of different subjects. My earliest years were spent writing about agriculture, the height of exotica for a native New Yorker.  This was so long ago (the late 1990s) that none of these pieces are available online — and since I was definitely learning on the job, this is probably for the best. I moved on to write about business, at American Demographics magazine where I was on staff, then blessedly back to freelancing where I belong, where I wrote a great deal for Bloomberg BusinessWeek, and then Inc., where I was a contributing editor (My entire Inc. oeuvre is apparently online.)  I’ve written for women’s magazines, men’s magazines, travel magazines, literary magazines, newspapers, websites, blogs.

My favorite assignments are those that involve some combination of  talking to people about things they’re the most passionate about, digging into complex topics, and exploring a new world. Might I interest you in reading a few of my favorite pieces?

Note: in several instances, I used my working title for the piece, not the one the publication gave it.


Selected Works:


More history:

I serve on the faculty of Gotham Writers’ Workshop, and have very much enjoyed teaching.

I was the culinary travel editor for About.com from the site’s launch in 2009, until I got restless in 2013. I also spent about five years writing a weekly essay on travel, culture and more for Perceptive Travel.

I’ve also been a contributing editor at Inc. magazine, editor-at-large at American Demographics magazine, a New York Times Professional Fellow and a National Press Foundation Fellow. My articles have won awards from the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the American Society of Business Press Editors. I’ve given presentations on travel writing (and writing generally) for conferences including AWP, TBEX , and ASJA.

Some publications I’ve contributed to include:

American Archaeology, American Style, The Atlantic Monthly’s Food Channel, BBC Travel, Boston Magazine, Business Traveler, BusinessWeek, The Chicago Tribune, The Christian Science Monitor, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Continental, Fast Company, Glamour, Huffington Post, Ladies’ Home Journal, Luxist, Men’s Journal, The Millions, Money, Mother Jones, New York Magazine, Premier Traveler, Psychology Today, Reason, Robb Report, Sierra Magazine, The Smart Set, The Street.com, The Toronto Star, The Travel Channel’s World Hum, US Air magazine, USA Weekend, The Washington Post, Working Mother, Worth, Yankee, Yoga Journal, among other places.

I started my career writing books, and am the proud author of Americans at Play, which is about trends in outdoor recreation and travel (New Strategist 1997) and Best of Health, which is about trends in health. (New Strategist, 2000).

Much of this work was published under the name Alison Stein Wellner. I am her, she is me.



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