Rosemary McClure

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rosemary-mcclure-small-450xRosemary McClure is an award-winning travel and lifestyles writer/editor who has a sense of humor, a graceful and creative writing style and a passion to share the world with others. She currently writes and edits for print and online editions of the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post and Seattle Times, plus Yahoo! Travel, Coast Magazine, Better Homes & Gardens, Preservation Magazine, Islands and Philips Publishing; other clients include Universal Studios and the University of California. McClure won Lowell Thomas Travel Writer of the Year award twice, the highest honor bestowed on North American travel writers; she also is a two-time winner of the University of Missouri Lifestyle Award. She has a master’s degree from the University of Southern California and has taught at the University of California and California State colleges.

Available for freelance writing assignments, editing and project development and management.
Email: rosemary.mcclure@thejournalismshop.com
Phone: 562-760-6022

Recent Projects

American National Parks

A safari from West to East   The 410 units of the National Park Service are as varied as the United States itself and an incredible legacy for Americans. The Los Angeles Times Travel section continues a yearlong look at some of those units, why they matter, how the park


Alzheimer’s: It’s Not What You Think   Claudia Kawas turns the study of the disease on its head, leading other researchers to change their assumptions   Mindful Art The painting on this page was created by individuals with Alzheimer’s dementia who took part in Memories in the Making. The program,

Travel Crime

Where tourist crime happens the most   You’re eating tapas at an outdoor restaurant in Barcelona, your iPhone on the table a few inches from your right hand, when a woman bumps your left arm and spills a drink on you. She apologizes profusely and walks away. A few minutes

Sinatra’s 100th birthday

Follow in Frank Sinatra’s footsteps as Palm Springs toasts Ol’ Blue Eyes’ 100th birthday   Did I ever tell you about the night Frank Sinatra and I had drinks? More about that later; right now we need to discuss a much more important event: Sinatra’s upcoming 100th birthday celebration. On

Olympic National Park

Seeing firsthand why Olympic National Park is one of the nation’s great wilderness areas   The bald eagle was soaring on an air current above frosty Lake Crescent, its wings spread wide, white head and electric-yellow beak tilted slightly down. It was hunting, and a few seconds later it rocketed

Thailand’s Andaman Sea

On the Andaman Sea in Thailand, a putt-putting boat will carry you to travel-poster fantasies   Fantastic shapes dotted the horizon — craggy limestone spikes that soared hundreds of feet into the cloudless blue sky — as our long-tail boat skimmed across the Andaman Sea off southwestern Thailand. The afternoon

Klondike Gold Rush

The rush is on to make golden memories in the Klondike   Summer days are endless here. I opened my eyes to sunlight streaming in my hotel window before 4 a.m. It didn’t disappear until after 10 p.m., leaving more than 18 hours for epic sightseeing outings. Enough playtime to

World Cruise

Live like royalty — at least for a few days — with a getaway aboard a liner on a world cruise   An around-the-world cruise is something other people do — and by other people, I mean lottery winners, trust-fund babies, one percenters. I’m none of those, but I recently

Everglades National Park

You know about Florida’s alligators, but there’s so much more to see at Everglades National Park   Spotting an alligator in Florida is a lot like spotting cattle in Texas. You don’t need to look very hard because they’re everywhere. There’s even a toll road nicknamed Alligator Alley where the

Professional Experience

Editing, managerial and writing positions at:

  • The Los Angeles Times
  • Yahoo!
  • University of California, Irvine
  • Gannett Newspapers
  • Africa Travel & Tourism Magazine

Skills and Specialties

  • Web savvy media pro
  • Accomplished, nationally-known writer with the ability to excel on tight deadlines
  • Creative, highly effective editor with proven ability to conceptualize, assign and develop compelling articles
  • Broad experience managing large, diverse staffs
  • Two-time winner of the Lowell Thomas Travel Journalist of the Year award from the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW)


University of Southern California
Masters degree in Journalism