About Karen

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Noordhoek Beach, South Africa

Karen Elowitt is a Sacramento-based PR and comms expert, journalist, copywriter, and photographer. She currently works as a communications specialist at California State PTA, and in the past has worked in public relations at both Tilson PR and The Travel Corporation, as the editor of the African travel magazine AFKTravel.com, as an editor for travel expert Peter Greenberg, and as a newspaper reporter.

Karen grew up in suburban Los Angeles, where she dreamed of traveling the world and living anywhere but L.A. She got her wish. She has visited 135 destinations in 32 countries and lived in London, Johannesburg, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Boston, San Francisco, Florida and Brooklyn. She’s choppered over Victoria Falls in Zambia, swum with tiger rays in Mexico, trekked on horseback in New Zealand, gotten lost on the metro in Moscow, and sweated in the Negev desert in Israel. Along the way she got a Master’s degree in International Affairs from Boston University’s London campus, and studied journalism at both Northeastern University in Boston and the London School of Journalism.



Karen started her career in newspapers, first as a reporter for a Boston-based weekly newspaper, then as a reporter, copy editor and page layout designer for a suburban Los Angeles daily. Eventually fate led her to the office of nationally-known travel expert Peter Greenberg, where she wrote and edited travel content for his web, TV, radio and print projects. For three years after that she was an in-demand freelancer, contributing articles, blogs, photos and copy to clients such as CNBC.com, Priceline.com, USAToday.com, and Destinations of the World. She was also the chief researcher on Peter Greenberg’s bestselling book The Best Places for Everything, and a contributor to his previous book, Tough Times, Great Travels.

For three years she was the editor of AFKTravel.com, a comprehensive travel website exclusively devoted to Africa. During her tenure there she lived for a year in Johannesburg, reviewing and writing about hundreds of restaurants, hotels and activities all over southern Africa. When that adventure ended she pivoted to public relations, and promoted several national and international travel brands owned by The Travel Corporation before moving to Tilson PR, where she handled PR for numerous top companies in hospitality, restaurants, construction and real estate.

Karen is now back in suburban California. Her life has truly come full circle.

Read more about Karen’s travel style in this profile on JohnnyJet.com.

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