Katy Koontz
Katy Koontz

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Katy Koontz has written online articles for BBC.com, AOL Travel, Money.com, Expedias Family Vacation Critic, Forbes Travel Guide, USA Todays online city guides, and MapQuest. Her print stories have appeared in Readers Digest, Parade, National Geographic Traveler, The New York Times, Womans Day, Redbook, Glamour, The Washington Post, Self, Health, Shape, Playboy, Travel & Leisure, Outside, Parents, Parenting, Family Fun, and numerous others. For more than four years, she wrote a feature on the Smokies for each issue of Knoxvilles city magazine, Cityview. A story she wrote about Petra for Unity Magazine was a finalist in the 2015 Folio: Magazine Eddie Awards.

Katy is the author of Family Fun in the Smokies (Great Smoky Mountains Association, 2012), a finalist in the 2013 Association of Partners for Public Lands Media competition. She has written a travel app called Smoky Mountain Travel Guide and a childrens picture book titled The Banana Police. She updated the 2007 and 2009 editions of The Insiders Guide to The Great Smoky Mountains (published by Globe-Pequot Press) and has contributed to travel books published by Fodors, Readers Digest Books, and Travelers Tales. Katy has been the features and travel editor for McCalls, the health columnist for Ski, the travel editor for Garden Design, a contributing editor and the romantic inns columnist for Vacations, and a contributing editor for both Body & Soul and New Age Journal. She is currently a travel columnist for The Connection and also the editor of Unity Magazine.
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