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.

Laurie Isola

After hoofing it from Cairo to Berlin, Laurie Isola returned to the Bay Area to pursue a career in travel writing. She went from general assignment reporter at a local news wire to events editor at VIA. Laurie now works as an online editor for the San Francisco Chronicle's Web site,, and is also the San Francisco-Bay Area expert for Her writing has appeared in Oakland and Alameda magazines.