As an award-winning freelance journalist, specialising in travel and tourism for the past 25 years, Lee is equally at home as travel writer, guide book author, content creator, speaker or panellist.
She has written for a fascinating and diverse array of publications, both in print and on digital platforms. She is the author of the best-selling Great Australian Pubs (Hardie Grant Travel, 2012) and has been a continuing author of the Frommer’s Australia guide (Frommer Media, New York, 2000-2019) as well as the author or contributor to around a dozen other books.
Lee is currently undertaking a professional doctorate through Queensland University of Technology’s Creative Industries faculty, graduating in 2021. Her thesis topic is ethics in travel journalism in the digital age, which looks at ethical dilemmas for travel writers, their place in the travel industry, how they are affected by changing publishing platforms, and the effect of the pandemic on travel opportunities.
Lee is a Life Member, former president, and current Board member of the Australian Society of Travel Writers.
I have 20 years’ experience as a speaker, panellist, workshop facilitator, MC or seminar moderator at a range of events, mostly for the travel industry or media organisations. Clients have included Tourism Queensland, Tourism Victoria, Tourism New Zealand, the Australian Tourism Export Council, the Professional Conference Organisers Association, and the Australian Society of Travel Writers. I am a confident and entertaining speaker, my skills honed by eight years as a part-time lecturer and tutor in journalism at both the University of Queensland and at QUT.
Some recent gigs:
2020 – Australian Society of Travel Writers webinar: Ethics and the Travel Media (and why they are important).
2019 – Boonah Writers Festival, 2-hour practical workshops on travel writing.
2018 – Speaker, Australian Society of Travel Writers convention, Bangkok Thailand: Ethical challenges for travel journalists in the digital age.
2017 – MC for Australian Society of Travel Writers convention, Sunshine Coast, Australia.