VIA Contributors

Behind every VIA article there's an intrepid reporter risking sunburn on an exotic Tahitian cruise, indigestion on San Francisco's best food tours, and over-exfoliation in the West Coast's most relaxing spas. These are the men and women who lived to tell the tale.

Jane and Michael Stern

Jane and Michael Stern are the authors of more than 20 books about America. Their "Roadfood" column for Gourmet magazine has won three James Beard Awards. Their "Roadfood" segments have appeared on the Television Food Network. Their Web site,, was selected 2001 site of the year by Yahoo. The Sterns live in West Redding, Connecticut.