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Katie Dillon

Local Expert Contributor at 10Best / Travel Media Group at USA TODAY

Location
La Jolla, California
Industry
Internet
Current
  1. 10Best / Travel Media Group at USA TODAY,
  2. trekaroo, inc.,
  3. Red Tricycle
Previous
  1. 10Best,
  2. Examiner.com,
  3. Yahoo SHINE
Education
  1. University of California, San Diego
Websites
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10Best / Travel Media Group at USA TODAY

10Best / Travel Media Group at USA TODAY

Local Expert Contributor

– Present

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Background

Summary

Katie is a freelance writer and editor with extensive social media experience. She is currently a contributing editor to Trekaroo.com, a family travel site that provides useful destination information to over 2 million families per year. Katie is also the San Diego local editor (or expert) for another popular travel site, 10Best.com which is a division of USA TODAY Travel.

Current freelance writing positions include contributions to the Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts' family and food blogs, Four Seasons Magazine online and in print, as well as family-related articles for Red Tricycle San Diego.

Her personal lifestyle site, La Jolla Mom, has an emphasis on luxury travel and local happenings. She also wrote a book about flying with kids that is based on her experience as an expat mom in Hong Kong.

Local television appearances include NBC San Diego, Fox 5 News, and KUSI. She was recently interviewed by FoxNews.com about flying with babies and has been featured several times in both Four Seasons Magazine and San Diego Magazine.

Specialties: Freelance writing, editing, television appearances, social media, event planning, community management.

Experience

Local Expert Contributor

10Best / Travel Media Group at USA TODAY
– Present (1 year 10 months)

Writes local content for the San Diego destination page including reviews of restaurants, hotels, attractions, shopping and more.

Contributing Editor

trekaroo, inc.
– Present (2 years 5 months)

Edits and writes family travel articles for the Trekaroo.com blog.

Freelance Writer

Red Tricycle
– Present (2 years 11 months)San Diego, CA

Contributes 2-3 articles per month featuring family-friendly businesses in the greater San Diego area.

Freelance Writer - Have Family Will Travel

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
– Present (3 years 7 months)

Writes blog posts about traveling with kids to various Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts properties.

CEO

La Jolla Living, LLC
– Present (5 years 4 months)La Jolla, CA

Owns and operates La Jolla Mom (http://lajollamom.com) and any freelance projects associated with the site. La Jolla Mom has over 18,000 followers on Twitter, 2100 fans on Facebook and 800 followers on Pinterest.

San Diego Local Expert

10Best
(9 months)Greater San Diego Area

Responsible for writing all San Diego lists and articles that appear on 10Best.com

La Jolla Neighborhood Examiner

Examiner.com
(2 years 2 months)

Wrote articles about people, places, and events in La Jolla, CA.

Get It Guru

Yahoo SHINE
(5 months)

Contributed to the Yahoo! Shine Get It Guide where blog posts were written around popular Yahoo! searches. Topics coincided with holiday shopping behavior and included beauty, fashion and toys.

Community Manager

MojoPages.com
(1 year 8 months)

Work included monitoring the MojoPages online community and encouraging members to review local businesses. Managed Mom With Mojo Twitter and Facebook accounts. Organized events for the exclusive MojoPages VIP reviewer group.

Awards Ambassador

Red Tricycle
(2 months)

Encouraged local businesses to participate in Red Tricycle's Totally Awesome Awards via social media outreach.

Editor for Home and Garden Channel

Tree.com
(5 months)

Responsibilities included assigning blog topics, editing and managing the channel to a budget. Wrote additional articles as needed. Supervised a team of 18 writers. Drove traffic to the channel by also operating it's Twitter account.

Skills

  • Wordpress
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Pinterest
  • Google Analytics
  • Google +
  • Social Media Outreach
  • Editing
  • YouTube
  • Freelance Writing
  • Online Marketing
  • Affiliate Management
  • Community Management
  • Charity Events
  • Event Planning
  • Television Appearances
  • Travel Writing
  • Public Speaking
  • Social Media
  • Blogging
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Online Advertising
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Education

University of California, San Diego

BA, Economics

Activities and Societies: Alpha Chi Omega

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