Roberta Cruger

454 W. California Blvd. Pasadena, CA 91105 USA

Professional Experience

From green drinks to the green card lottery, my stories cover a range of topics including arts and design, entertainment and the environment, food, health, and travel. As a lifestyle journalist, I’ve written about feather bowling for Smithsonian magazine, the funniest places on the planet for Continental Airlines inflight publication, and a vintage trailer park hotel for The Believer. For Treehugger I’ve profiled sustainability projects by Prince Charles, Jane Goodall and Leonardo DiCaprio. I’ve also written trend reports for branding companies, “second screening” tweets for television, blogs for businesses, and news for an international wire service. My books include guides to travel, restaurants and films. Whether a feature on a home’s “smart” design, a round-up of curious festivals, columns, web content, or slide shows, I seek to convey the unique and worthwhile to readers with style and substance.


Book Author
10 Years
13 Years
16 Years


Environment & Nature
10 Years
16 Years
12 Years


Book Publishing Consumer
10 Years
Magazine - Large Consumer/National magazines
16 Years
Online/new media
12 Years

Total Media Industry Experience

22 Years

Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

AFP's RelaxNews wire (10+), Pasadena magazine (6-10), (1-2), (10+), (10+), (3-5)

Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

Buzztone Media (10+), Funny Business (1-2)

Other Work History

Freelancer: Smithsonian, HOW Design,, Robb Report,, U.S. Airways magazine, Alaska Airlines, Los Angeles Times magazine, Imbibe; Media Section Editor: Creem magazine; Contributing writer: Florida Design, Miami Home & Decor, Pasadena; Columnist: Plenty magazine, Rescue; Reviewer: Village Voice, Seattle Weekly; Personal Explorer tour designer for National Geographic Traveler; Writing instructor: Seattle Community Colleges, Miami-Dade College; Books: Moon Metro Seattle (contributor), Hungry? Seattle (editor), London Moxie (editor), Rock She Wrote (contributor)

Foreign Language Skills

Basic Spanish

Computer Skills

Microsoft Office Suite, PowerPoint, CMS


Laptop, Nikon digital camera, digital recorder


Current and former editors


Nicholl Fellowship quarter-finalist Heekin Foundation semi-finalist


Pasadena Arts Council MB Avant Guild

Work Samples


( AFP's RelaxNews wire 4/16/2012)
Insights from the winner of the Golden Trailer Awards about how to create a great film campaign.
( 9/3/2003)
Musicians talk back to iconoclastic rock critic, Lester Bangs and at EMP's Pop Music Conference, academics and journos take on "Eve of Deconstruction."
(AFP's RelaxNews wire 5/15/2012)
An insider's view of the iconic and historic film festival and its relevance today.


(Metro Times 3/1/2004)
Photographic interpretation of the 36 Unknown myth from an exhibition at Detroit's Holocaust Museum.
( 12/30/2011)
A guided walk through the home and studio of the renowned designers Ray and Charles Eames with their grandson.


(Florida Design 6/1/2007)
The Manhattan apartment of music mogul L.A. Reid presents a melding of African artifacts, historic photographs and French Modernist furnishings with rhythmic continuity.
( 3/19/2011)
With a pre-fab concept and clever design, this modern home offers an innovative approach that's green, affordable, efficient, and stylish.
(HOW Design 7/1/2007)
Innovative designer Jane Fulton Suri of IDEO shares 10 techniques for creative solutions, based on her book, "Thoughtless Acts?"


(Continental Airlines Magazine 12/1/2006)
8 of the funniest places in the world
( 9/23/2009)
Eco-tripping, from B.C. to the Maritime Islands, 100-mile diets, interstate bike paths, train rides, and polar bears.
(Robb Report Collections 3/7/2007)
Travel article on visiting and living on Florida's Emerald Coast


(Smithsonian 2/17/2009)
An unusual Belgian sport finds a loyal following in Detroit, the only place in the U.S. where the traditional game is played.
(Imbibe Magazine 5/7/2007)
Profile of Mr. Bubbles, a/k/a Walter Beckerman, who delivers natural seltzer water in vintage bottles across New York City.


( 4/10/2012)
Wrote blog on environmental topics, from sustainable art, design and agriculture to green products, transportation and renewable energy
( 3/28/2013)
Story for "Leaderboard" section on how Bob Marley's family keep the reggae icon's message alive through organic goods, from Jamaican coffee and hemp seeds to coconut oil and
( 10/15/2012)
Story in urban farming website about how Chef Tom Colicchio's rooftop garden in Manhattan supplies the Riverpark Restaurant with fresh farm-to-table ingredients, including herbs, flowers and vegetables.