Catherine Watson is an award-winning travel writer, editor, photographer and writing coach who teaches university-level workshops in the U.S. and abroad. Her national awards include the top two in travel writing, the Lowell Thomas Travel Journalist of the Year and the Society of American Travel Writers Photographer of the Year.
A pioneer in voiced travel writing for newspapers, she founded the Minneapolis Star Tribune’s travel section and was its chief travel writer and photographer from 1978 until 2004. That work took her to all seven continents and more than 100 countries.
Her writing appears in 14 anthologies, including Best Travel Writing 2008 and Best Women’s Travel Writing 2009, 2012 and 2017, from Traveler’s Tales Books, and Best American Travel Writing 2008, from Houghton-Mifflin. Her own collections of travel essays, Roads Less Traveled: Dispatches from the Ends of the Earth (2005) and Home on the Road: Further Dispatches from the Ends of the Earth (2007), were Minnesota Book Award finalists.
Watson has a BA in journalism from the University of Minnesota and an MA in teaching from the University of St. Thomas. In 2012, the University of Minnesota’s College of Continuing Education named her its Distinguished Educator.
She divides her home-time between a 1926 bungalow in Minneapolis and an 1869 house she restored in historic Galena, Illinois, where she was 1990-1991 interim editor of its weekly newspaper, The Galena Gazette.