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.

Laura Read

Laura Read ( is a writer and photographer in North Lake Tahoe. Her work is published in Travel + Leisure, Sierra, and Sunset and on the National Geographic Geotourism website. She's writing a book about three families that own 100-year-old farms in the western Sierra Nevada. She loves to ski, hike, kayak, and eat good food.