Award-winning journalist and travel writer Catherine Watson is this spring’s ACTC Visiting Writer, hosted by St. Catherine University. Her April 25–29 residency includes a public reading on Tuesday, April 26 at 7 p.m. in the Visual Arts auditorium (Building 12 on the campus map).
When the Star Tribune was a boys' club, back in the 1970s, Watson carved out a career for herself there based on determination and moxie. There was no travel section, and no funds for any reporter to travel.
She changed all that and metamorphosed from general assignment reporter (during an internship her senior year at the U of M) to founding editor of the Minneapolis Star Tribune's Travel Section. Watson became a familiar personality and presence to generations of readers. As she traveled the world she crafted a unique and unmistakable voice.
Watson’s career has taken her around the around the world three times, to all seven continents and into 115 countries. Her travel essays have appeared in numerous media outlets, including the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Chicago Tribune, and MinnPost. Her work has won many awards, including the top two in the field: Lowell Thomas Travel Journalist of the Year and the Society of American Travel Writers Photographer of the Year.
She has two collections of travel essays, Road Less Traveled and Home on the Road. Both were Minnesota Book Award finalists. Her work has appeared in 14 anthologies, including Best Travel Writing 2008 and Best Women’s Travel Writing 2009, both from Travelers’ Tales Books, and Best American Travel Writing 2008, from Houghton-Mifflin.
Watson teaches intensive college-level workshops in travel writing and memoir in the U.S. and abroad.