Lisa Maloney bio

I thrive on polar opposites: The thrill of exploring new adventures, and the challenge of rendering even the most technical or mundane material in a conversational tone that is easy for readers to digest.

Over the course of my 20-year freelance career I’ve written three award-winning guidebooks; served as senior editor at Alaska magazine; penned hundreds of newspaper columns; written hundreds of articles for publications like National Geographic, Condé Nast Traveler, Fodor’s, the Wall Street Journal, the New Zealand Herald, Outside Online and many more; covered everything from blenders to boots as a consumer reporter for the likes of Wirecutter, MSN.com and ShopSmart Magazine; and worked as an editorial consultant at nationally ranked websites.

Kudos include a Silver Award from the North American Travel Journalists Association and five Excellence in Craft Awards from the Northwest Outdoor Writers Association.

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a little more about me

Most people assume that I studied English, journalism, or maybe creative writing. Nope. I studied math. But when people asked what I was going to do after graduating, I surprised everybody — including myself — by announcing that I would pursue my childhood dream of being a writer.

That is the best decision I’ve ever made. I penned my first newspaper column in 2005 — the start of an excellent boots-on-the-ground education in journalism standards and ethics. Since then, I’ve put my diverse background, analytical thinking and creative mindset to use in covering everything from pro wrestling to free-soloing rocky cliffs and the importance of equitable language access and early childhood education.

My portfolio is strongest, however, in the world of travel, outdoors, consumer reporting and personality profiles. Click through to read some examples of my work. I also run Hiking Alaska and Come to Alaska as companion websites for my books.

As much as I enjoy writing, I firmly believe that a good life is a balanced life. So when I’m not at my desk you’ll usually find me wandering the mountains, dancing, reading, or playing traditional Irish music on the button accordion and fiddle.

2 thoughts on “Lisa Maloney bio”

  1. Met your sister ,Angela, when she bought a greenalnd paddle from me earlier this week. My sister and brother in law live in Anchorage, Deb and Ben Greene. They also live in Barrow for 5 years. I have freinds and relative in Seward and have rowed with the Anchorage Rowing Club. I will look into your books. peace Bri

    1. Lisa M. Maloney

      Hey Bri, thanks for the lovely comment! And for setting my sister up with a good paddle. I don’t think I know your sister and brother-in-law, but for a short time I was a coxswain with the rowing club! Best wishes from AK – Lisa

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