Kerri Westenberg | Star Tribune
Travel editor

Travel editor Kerri Westenberg has twice been named Travel Journalist of the Year by the Society of American Travel Writers. She previously worked at Bon Appetit, Cooking Light and National Geographic magazines.Westenberg’s writing has appeared in National Geographic, National Geographic Traveler, Real Simple and other national publications.

During Westenberg's tenure, which began in 2004, the society has named the Star Tribune's Travel section among the top three in the country many times. She is also the author of "State of Wonder," a book that celebrates Minnesota and derives from a series that first appeared in Travel.


Lending perspective to concerns about safety of Dominican Republic

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Edina woman works to save Italian villages, one cooking or language lesson at a time

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Hello, cabin, so long, cooking and cleaning: two Brainerd area resorts that offer the American plan

Sign up for a meal plan, and adore your cabin getaway more than ever.


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Minneapolis Passport Agency to open its doors for annual Passport Day

Need expedited service? Passport Day takes place this year on May 18 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Old Federal Building in Minneapolis.


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