Tamahere home for top travel writer

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Tamahere journalist Venetia Sherson has won one of the country’s top travel writing awards.

Venetia Sherson
Venetia Sherson

Sherson won the best magazine travel story in the annual Cathay Pacific Travel Media Awards tonight with a story entitled Autumn in Tuscany, published in NZ Life and Leisure magazine in early 2012.

She was also a runner-up in the newspaper category of the same awards with High Rise Journey to the Dark Side, published in the NZ Herald, November 2012.

The stories were both published on Tamahere Forum as Tough assignment in Tuscany and Delving into Italy’s wild heart.

The latest awards add to an impressive prize list already amassed by Sherson including, during her six years as Waikato Times editor, twice being judged Editorial Writer of the Year in the Qantas Media Awards.

In 2011 she was awarded an Honorary Master of Arts by Wintec in recognition of her contribution to media and journalism in the Waikato region, and in 2004 she was awarded an ONZM for services to journalism.

In 2011, Sherson looked back at her long career in journalism on the eve of the paper’s transition to morning from evening publication.

These days Sherson combines her travel and writing with a successful media training business, JAG Media, with fellow director and Tamahere journalist, Philippa Stevenson, moderator of the Tamahere Forum.

The full list of 2013 travel award winners is here.

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