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.

Linda Weber

A former managing editor for Access travel guides, Linda Weber has also worked on staff at Travel Life, Mother Jones, The Industry Standard, TV Guide, and Good Housekeeping. Her writing has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle Sunday Magazine, Stanford magazine, Natural Health, Parenting, Baby Talk, Travel Life, Brides, and Mac Design.

In her "spare" time, Linda creates encaustic paintings and collages in her backyard studio that are used to decorate homes for sale. Her dream vacation? Visiting her son who lives in a renovated farmhouse in Provence. Cuddling cubs, serving bamboo, and shoveling panda poop at Wolong Panda Preserve in China is a close second.