Chelle's Credentials

Author of:
  • The Sarasota, Sanibel Island & Naples Explorers Guide: A Complete Guide (Countryman Press 2016, 2012, 2010, 2007, 2004, Berkshire House 2008, 2001, 1998, 1995)
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  • Great Destinations: The Bahamas (Countryman Press 2010)
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  • Adventure Guide to Tampa Bay & Florida’s West Coast (Hunter Publishing 2007, 2004, 2000)
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  • Fun With the Family in Florida (Globe-Pequot 2008, 2004, 2001,1999)
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  • Fodor’s In Focus Florida Keys 2012, 2010, 2008
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  • Florida (Fodor Compass American Guides, 1998)
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  • Frommer’s Best Beach Vacations: Florida (Macmillan Travel, 1995)
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  • Florida Island Hopping: The West Coast (Pineapple Press, 1995)
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  • Caribbean Ways: A Cultural Guide, bronze winner of Lowell Thomas Award 1992
Co-author of: 
  • DK Eyewitness Florida Family Guide (2012)
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  • Insight/Discovery Channel’s Orlando
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  • Fodor’s Bahamas Gold Guide (2000-2012)
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  • Fodor’s Florida Gold Guide (2003-2013)
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  • Fodor’s In-Focus Florida Keys (2012, 2010)
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  • Fodor’s Healthy Escapes (2003, 2001)
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  • Mobil’s Florida (2002, 2001)
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  • Mobil’s Southeast (2001, 2002)
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  • Frommer’s America on Wheels: Florida (1997)
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  • Reader’s Digest’s Wild Kingdom (1996)
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  • Hidden Florida: The Adventurer’s Guide, winner of the Lowell Thomas Best Guidebook Award
Other Published/Broadcast Credits:
  • Writer/Producer of Regional Getaways and lifestyle segments for WGCU Public Television, a PBS affiliate (see samples)
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  • Naples (Florida) expert for USA TODAY 10Best.com (see samples)
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  • Food and Features Writer for Naples Illustrated magazine (Florida) (see samples)
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  • Former restaurant reviewer for Naples (Florida) News Group (see samples)
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  • Contributing editor for 12 years to Caribbean Travel & Life magazine
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  • Regular contributor to USA Today, FamilyVacationCritic.com, CruiseCritic.com, Sunseeker, Miami Herald travel section, Naples Illustrated, Buckettripper.com, Visit Florida publications, Northstar Media, and Miles Media
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  • Former family columnist for Destination Florida, a Miami Herald online magazine
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  • Author of more than 5,000 articles for print and electronic media. Other credits: USA Today, Boston Herald, Los Angeles Times, FoxNews.com, Dallas Morning News, Charlotte Observer, Tampa Tribune, USAirways Magazine, GO!, St. Petersburg Times, Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel, National Geographic Traveler, Bridal Guide, FamilyFun, Endless Vacation, Boys’ Life, Islands, AOL Travel, Official Florida Vacation Guide and Web site, Caribbean Vacation Planner, Hyatt and Sandals in-room magazines, Porthole publications, and Royal Caribbean, Crystal, and Carnival on-board magazines
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  • Communications and social media manager for “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge
CHELLE'S SPECIALTIES
  • Food & Drink
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  • Restaurants
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  • Florida Travel
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  • Island Travel
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  • Bahamas Travel
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  • Caribbean Travel
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  • Coastal Travel
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  • Resorts & Spas
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  • Art & Culture
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  • Shopping
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  • Family Travel
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  • Beaches, Outdoors & Nature
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  • Romance & Honeymoon
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  • Recreation & Adventure
CHELLE'S AWARDS, DISTINCTIONS, & ASSOCIATIONS

Winner: Edward Murrow Award for WGCU-TV documentary Pink Gold Rush, 2015

Winner: Bronze Telly Award for WGCU-TV documentary Sanctuary Island: The Sanibel Legacy, 2010

Third Place: SATW Chapter Travel Writing and Photography Contest for Best Online Consumer-Oriented Travel Article, 2012

Winner: Award of Merit, NATJA Awards Competition  for Culinary Travel, 2008

 

Florida Travel Expert Interviewee on CNN Travel Segment, July 2005

Winner: Ken Meeker Travel Media Award, Sanibel, FL, 2004

Winner: Bahamas Cacique Award for International Writer, 1995  

Winner: Bahamas Discovery Award, 1994

Recipient: Two Lowell Thomas Best Guidebook Awards: Gold, 1989; Bronze, 1992

Member: Society of American Travel Writers (SATW)

Member: City of Sanibel Historical Preservation Committee