Robert N. Jenkins
Robert N. Jenkins, a native of Washington, D.C., earned a B.A. in journalism at Michigan State University and after working “up North’’ for four years, he moved to St. Petersburg, Fla., where he still lives.
In a 39-year career at the Tampa Bay (formerly St. Petersburg) Times, he served as editor of national news, state news, features and, for 19 years, was the travel editor. His work in that job won 8 Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition awards.
Since taking a buyout, Bob has been a freelance writer. His work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Toronto Star, San Francisco Chronicle, Dallas Morning News, Miami Herald, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, various AAA magazines, CruiseCritic.com, USAToday.com -- and in his former paper.
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Truly, No Place Like Home
In this book of travels around North America, Robert N. Jenkins recounts the insights he gained from experiences as diverse as stumbling upon the Grand Tetons and flying on the Concorde at twice the speed of sound. Named the travel editor of the Tampa Bay Times in 1987, Jenkins would win eight national awards for his writing and for the overall excellence of his weekly section of travel news.
Knee Deep in Antarctica... And Other Places
When Robert N. Jenkins was named the St. Petersburg Times’s travel editor he had no passport. He’s now filling his third, but fewer than two out of five Americans travel outside the US. In this book of travels beyond North America – Antarctica, Bangkok, Israel, and more, Jenkins notes while the world’s populations may share a lot of everyday life, the differences are eye-opening, perhaps enviable.
Over nearly a quarter-century as a travel writer for the former St. Petersburg (now, Tampa Bay) Times, Robert N. Jenkins figures he has boarded more than 60 ships. In Casting Off, readers will follow Jenkins to Alaska and Istanbul, on a paddlewheeler and a cargo ship, to the ship's bridge as he passes through the Panama Canal, as he crosses the Atlantic on the legendary QE 2, and more.
For 19 years, Robert N. Jenkins worked as the travel editor of the Tampa Bay Times and then as a freelance travel writer. In this illustrated anthology, Jenkins presents more than a dozen of his articles, taking readers through the contradictions of Cairo and of the former USSR, through the somber history of Gettysburg Military Park and the cornpone tour of the Jack Daniels Distillery, and more.
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