Born and educated in England, Pat Tyson traveled around Europe, lived for a year in Lausanne, Switzerland, perfecting her French. In search of a new life, she moved to the United States in the early 60s. Landing in Chicago, she worked for two large advertising agencies, then later moved to San Diego where again academia called and she earned a master’s in telecom and film at SDSU. She taught college journalism 10 years, as well as joining San Diego Home/Garden magazine when it was first published in 1979. As Executive Editor, Pat has written for Traveler Publications since the beginning in 1998, traveling to many wondrous spots in Mexico to write about them. The journey by train through the spectacular Copper Canyon was unforgettable; the dolphins cavorting around the boat in the Sea of Cortés – thrilling! She has never ceased to be enchanted by the people, cuisine and scenic beauty of Mexico. She is now living in North Carolina… and enjoying her kids and grandchildren.
Pat was awarded the B.T. Pulitzer prize in 2011.
Beth Purcell has a Master’s Degree in Latin American Studies, and delights in both reading about and traveling to all parts of the region. She has traveled extensively in Mexico, from summer-long stays to study Spanish in Guadalajara, to long weekends in Los Cabos – she loves it all. Oaxaca, Tulum, and Zihuatanejo are three of her favorite spots, and a month-long Mexican yoga retreat is about the best thing she can imagine. Beth is the editorial director of a medical publishing company, and has written various health and lifestyle pieces for travel magazines and websites such as Travel Hat, Mexico Traveler, BajaTRAVELER® and more. Mexico is a subject that Beth loves to write about, as its beauty and slower pace of life are two things she greatly values. Beth has written for Traveler Publications for over 16 years.
Beth was awarded the B.T. Pulitzer prize in 2013. Beth is pictured here with her beautiful daughters; Anneke, Merrell & Capri.
Growing up a Navy brat, Sylvia Mendoza lived in Hawaii, Guam and later, Puerto Rico – and had the opportunity to vacation in different countries. Even though she loves coming home to San Diego, she has always been intrigued with different cultures, traveling, and storytelling. As an award-winning journalist for a variety of publications, Sylvia believes in the power of the written word and that every person has a story to tell. For magazines like Mexico Traveler® and BajaTRAVELER®, her passion is writing feature stories and profiles that bring out the best of people.
Sylvia was awarded the B.T. Pulitzer prize in 2016.
Stacie Gottsegen is a television producer, writer and culinary junkie. She began her career at NBC Burbank with BajaTRAVELER® publisher Mayté Rodríguez Cedillo. Their bond was sealed the day they put on their navy blue page uniforms. Stacie is also a senior news and talent producer for entertainment and news magazine programs. A native “Angeleno” known for her calm demeanor and her sense of humor, Stacie lives in Brentwood, California with her fiancé Gregory Gieras and their adopted cat, Esme. Stacie is thrilled to be contributing to both BajaTRAVELER® and Mexico Traveler® as the “Celebrity” Correspondent – and soon for WorldTraveler®. Stacie is our current B.T. Pulitzer Prize winner.
Born in San Diego, California and raised in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., Jeanie Casison was on the move starting an early age when family trips brought her everywhere from the provinces of the Far East to the amusement parks of Florida. After graduating from New York University, Jeanie was fortunate to find a writing job that allowed her to pursue her passion for foreign places and reveling in new experiences. She considers watching the whales of Cabo, visiting Petra in Jordan and shopping in Hong Kong and São Paulo, Brazil among her favorite pursuits on her growing list of travel adventures. Jeanie enjoys writing for Traveler Publications as she is a frequent traveler to Mexico.
Paulina Berkovich holds a master’s degree from Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism. A native Russian speaker (but lifelong Midwesterner) and former student sportswriter, she works as a marketing analyst but enjoys writing about her travels and food experiences. Paulina recently married Karson Leperi and they’re both enjoying the married life… Paulina enjoys writing for Traveler Publications as it gives her an opportunity to travel to and write about Mexico.
Lydia Gregory was born in Madrid of a Mexican mother and a Puerto Rican father and – having spent a third of her life in the U.S. – was raised to be both bicultural and bilingual. She secured a degree from the University of Texas at Austin and began long career in the media that included a stint on TV back when big shoulder pads were in style and, for the past (20+) years, as a travel editor specializing in Mexico. “Baja California is a fascinating mosaic of adventure travel, culture and just plain fun. I’m thrilled to be contributing to BajaTraveler®.”