(Travel Editor, S.F. Chronicle / Bad Latitude TV)
San Francisco Chronicle Travel Editor Spud Hilton is is a 24-year journalist and a late-blooming traveler who, in 12 years with the Travel Section has written about, reported on and been hopelessly lost on six continents. His attempts to defy the expectations of places — from Havana’s back alleys to Kyoto’s shrines to the floor of a hippie bus in Modesto — have earned six SATW Lowell Thomas Awards. He is the founder and editor of the Bad Latitude blog at SFGate.com as well as Bad Latitude TV, and teaches writing at the Book Passage Travel Food and Photography Conference.