2018 December Featured Journalist of the Month: Bob Lindsey
Saturday, December 01, 2018 04:41 PM

Bob Lindsey:

Bob Lindsey grew up in North St. Louis, graduated from the old Central High School, served in the Marine Reserves and attended mostly night classes at St. Louis Community College. He transferred to University of Missouri-St. Louis earning a B.A. in 1968.


His career in the  business began right after high school working at the St. Louis office of the Associated Press which had offices in the Post-Dispatch and old Globe Democrat building downtown. After five years working wire photo labs, running teletype machines and doing some reporting, he became an editor for the AP Bureau here. 


The Journal Newspapers (under the Donnelly family ownership) was looking for an editor, so he stayed closed to home as editor for the North County Journals.  He spent 19 years there being promoted to managing editor and served two years as publisher of the North group of Journal.  He and four others started The Independent News in 1987 and he eventually (along with wife Patricia) took over sole ownership in the early 1990s. The paper is celebrating its 32nd year in 2019.



Bob's Q&A:

What got you into travel writing?
Back in the early '80s I was an editor of a group of papers and was placed in charge of Special sections and Travel was one of them. Back then newspapers got lots of airline, cruise, group travel ads and we needed fresh copy to fill many of the pages. (Wouldn't we like a problem like this today!) The group had 1.5 million circulation in 10 counties around St. Louis in two states. I started setting up correspondents and of course learned about FAM trips and went on several back in the '80s.

What's the most challenging part of travel writing for you?
Today and for the past several years, running my own publication, there is not a lot of time for travel. My wife and I try to take 4-5 short trips a years, most on locations within one day of driving. However, we do take planes and try for 4-5 day trips to some locations. In the past two years we've visited and wrote stories on Louisville, the Illinois Ozarks, Orlando North, Branson (which we do annually), Lake Geneva, WI, and the Florida Keys this past winter (attached are storied we did on the Keys after the hurricane. We recently visited Northern California, in the coastal area more than 100 or miles from the Camp Fires. We have stories set to go to press next week on scenic and laid back Mendocino County, CA.

What is one thing [equipment or personal item] you can't go without on the road?
My Canon zoom lens....everything else that can fit in a small suitcase. Of course, takes a larger one for her stuff

What is your most unusual and/or memorable travel experience?
Several such as Moab, Utah,  Canadian Atlantic and Alaskan Pacific cruises, Sure there are more but can't single just one out after 35 years of travel writing.

What is the best piece of advice you could give to a rookie travel journal?

Be prepared for the unexpected. Travel light if you can.



Find Bob's work: http://www.flovalleynews.com/


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