Kristin Luna

San Francisco, CA USA

Professional Experience

A seasoned traveler, I've been attacked by a pack of hungry mountain goats in the Italian Alps, ridden a camel and camped with a Berber tribe in the Sahara, participated in Revolution Day in Cuba, and jumped out of a plane at 15,000 feet over the Pyrenees in Spain. I travel about 60% of the time and pitch and seek out story ideas when I'm not on the road. While living abroad - in Scotland, Denmark and Holland - I hopped around from country to country for a couple years, broadening my scope of knowledge on the world and its entities. I recently relocated from New York City to sunny San Francisco and work for a handful of national publications, both online and print, but am forever searching for new outlets to keep things fresh. I'm always up for any sort of crazy scheme or story idea, so feel free to approach me with anything that might cross your mind. Chance are, I'll be game!


5 Years
5 Years
8 Years


5 Years
5 Years
Women's Issues
5 Years


Magazine - Large Consumer/National magazines
3 Years
Newspaper - National
8 Years
Online/new media
3 Years

Total Media Industry Experience

10 Years

Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

Entertainment Weekly (10+), InStyle (10+), Frommer's (3-5), (10+), Glamour (6-10), Travel Channel (10+), Newsweek International (10+), (3-5), People (10+), Real Simple Travel (1-2), Harper's (1-2)

Other Work History

Author, MTV Spain (first ed.), Frommer's, published 2007 Fact-Checker and Freelance Editor, Lucky magazine, 1 year Fact-Checker, Us Weekly magazine, 1 year Freelance Reporter, Entertainment Weekly, 1.5 years Travel Columnist, Tennessee regional newspaper, 2 years

Technical Skills

Photoshop, Lightroom, iMovie, Fireworks

Foreign Language Skills

Proficiency in Spanish; four years of studying at the college level and currently completing my certificate of fluency; studying Italian and Portuguese at the moment

Computer Skills

Microsoft Office, InDesign, Quark, InCopy, Photoshop, AP Style, LexisNexis, PowerPoint, Pagemaker, basic HTML


Canon XTi (digital SLR) with multiple lenses, Canon Powershot A700, Canon Rebel 2000, three reporters recorders, Photoshop, InDesign, other editing software


Atlanta Journal Constitution photography award for Morocco photo, 2005 Multiple photography awards from Tennessee institutions, 2005-2007


Society of Professional Journalists



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