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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.

In addition to Via, Chaney Kwak's writing appears in Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure, the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Departures, Virtuoso Life, and National Geographic books. He is a co-author of the 2014 Fodor's Guide to Berlin. You can find his work at chaney.kwak.in/print.

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Charlie Wormhoudt served as an editorial intern at Via in 2012.

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Chelsea Cain lives in Portland, Ore., where she is a freelance writer and dreams of a large wedding at the Church of Elvis . She is the author of Dharma Girl, a memoir of her hippie girlhood, and the editor of the anthology Wild Child: Girlhoods in the Counterculture. Her work has also been published in Ms. Magazine, The Oregonian, and in two anthologies, Sex and Single Girls and Family Travel: The Farther You Go, The Closer You Get.

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In 1999, Chris Baty created National Novel Writing Month, wherein participants attempt to write a 50,000-word manuscript during the month of November. Those who complete the challenge on time are deemed to be "winners" in this noncompetitive group endeavor, where quality of writing takes a distant second place to quantity. In 2005, nearly 60,000 people took part and more than 10,000 succeeded.

In addition to No Plot? No Problem!, a guide for high-speed novelists, Baty has written for SF Weekly and East Bay Express.

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Chris Colin is the author most recently of What to Talk About. He’s also written about chimp filmmakers, solitary confinement, George Bush’s pool boy, and more. His work as appeared on NewYorker.com, and in the New York Times Magazine, Pop-Up Magazine, Wired, and Afar, where he's a contributing writer.

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A fourth-generation Montanan, Chris Woolston is now raising a fifth. He lives in Billings, strategically located between the Bighorn River and the Beartooth Mountains. A biologist by training and a writer by choice, he regularly contributes to Health magazine, the Los Angeles Times, Consumer Health Interactive, and www.Babycenter.com.

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Christine Hemp's essays and poetry are heard on NPR's Morning Edition and are published widely. One of her poems is aboard a NASA mission to monitor pre-natal stars, and her poetry program, which brokers peace between police and youth offenders, has paved new ground in Britain and the U.S. Recent awards include Harvard University Extension's Conway Award for Teaching Writing; a Washington State Artist Trust Fellowship; First Runner-Up in the Iowa Award for Literary Non-Fiction, and a Vermont Studio Center residency fellowship. She lives in Port Townsend, Washington.

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Christopher Hall, a San Francisco-based writer, has written for Smithsonian, Architectural Digest, Gourmet, Saveur, National Geographic Traveler, and is a regular contributor to The New York Times. Christopher has written numerous pieces for VIA.

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Claire Anderson is a fourth grader at Lakeshore Alternative Elementary School in San Francisco. She likes to read and play soccer.

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