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Hey, How'd You Become the LA Times' Lead Travel Blogger, Jen Leo?

A "sponge to all things travel," this Twitter die-hard spun her blogging passion into a full-fledged brand

By Diana Kuan - June 2, 2009
With eight years of travel blogging for sites such as BootsnAll, Written Road, and HotelChatter, Jen Leo knows that instant interaction fuels modern-day travel writing. Whether she's writing a column for the LA Times' Daily Travel & Deals and Web Buzz blogs, or sending out the latest hotel deals through Twitter, Leo has focused her calling at one of the country's leading papers. And she's as comfortable with book-length works as she is with 140-word limits: along with online writing, she has edited or co-edited six books in the popular Sand in My Bra series, collections of humorous women's travel writing for the publisher Travelers' Tales. Below, Leo talks about turning an internship into a career, the financial uncertainties of blogging, and being engaged in social media as a journalist....

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