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nDash Writer Profile for Lisa Maloney


Award-winning travel, outdoors and profile writer

About Me

I'm an award-winning travel, outdoors, health and profile writer based in Anchorage, Alaska. I've written three travel and outdoors guidebooks, including "Moon Alaska," which won a Silver Award from the North American Travel Journalist Association. I also served as senior editor at Alaska magazine, covered About.com's nationwide hiking/backpacking beat, and have contributed hundreds of freelance articles to publications including Via, Northwest Travel & Life, The Writer magazine, Backpacker magazine, Alaska magazine, Matador Network, Roots Rated, JetBlue.com, TheBrandUSA.com, and many more. 

Industries I Write About




Health & Wellness

Science & Medicine

Law & Politics

My Writing Samples

That others may live

Profiling the elite pararescuemen of the Alaska Air National Guard's 212th rescue squadron -- guardian angels that watch over the lost and injured in Alaska's backcountry and rural communities.


5 iconic Alaska trip ideas

Five iconic trip ideas for any Alaska visit; published on Moon.com.


The best small towns in Alaska

A roundup of the best small towns in Alaska, and what makes them special; published on Moon.com.


Moon Alaska

A full-length travel guidebook that covers the entire state of Alaska. Published in June of 2017.


The love of high places

A feature profile on the young owners that drive the Alaska Mountaineering School and its clients to high-altitude success. Published in the Anchorage Press, Alaska's second-largest newspaper.


The best winter boots for men and women

Hands-on testing and analysis of the best winter boots for several scenarios. Published for The Wirecutter in December 2016.


5 ways to attract (and retain) good trainers

Strategies to help gym owners and managers attract, and retain, the best personal trainers. Published on Precor.com.


6 ways personal trainers can boost their hourly rate

A roundup of ways personal trainers can improve their hourly take-home pay without compromising performance, service or safety. Published on Precor.com.


Tone away from home

Exercises and equipment to help you stay fit while on the road. Originally published in Breathe magazine, now only available as a PDF download.


Lost? In trouble? These Alaska dogs will search you out

A profile of the human and canine members of Alaska Search and Rescue Dogs, an all-volunteer organization that assists in searches for missing persons.


How to find and photograph the northern lights like a pro

A news article with tips from professional photographers on how to get great images of the northern lights or aurora borealis. Published in the Alaska Dispatch News, the largest newspaper in Alaska.


Valdez, Alaska is the coolest little town you've never heard of

More than 11,000 social shares for a commissioned blog post detailing the special appeal of Valdez, a small town in Alaska.


His and Hers Cancer Awareness

Resources for screening and testing of male and female reproductive cancers; originally published in Alaska Business Monthly.


Conquering an Invisible Obstacle

Imagine going to court, but not being able to read the signs telling you where to go or understand what people are saying. This profile examines the challenges, successes and community service of a local language interpreter center.



Freelance Writer and Editor

Freelance writing, editing and reporting on topics ranging from outdoors to travel, profiles and all things Alaska. Published credits include Via, the Wall Street Journal, Alaska magazine, Last Frontier magazine, OutsideOnline.com, Backpacker, RootsRated.com, The Writer magazine, Matador Network, SheKnows.com, Coast magazine, the Alaska Dispatch News, 61ยบ North, JetBlue.com, TheBrandUSA.com, and many more.

Company: MaloneyWrites.com

I worked there from 1/2005 until now

Guidebook Author

Writing outdoors and travel guidebooks. Titles include Day Hiking Southcentral Alaska (Mountaineers Books, forthcoming in 2019); Moon Alaska (Perseus Books, 2017); Alaska Adventures (Horizon Guides, 2016); and 50 Hikes Around Anchorage (Countryman Press, 2010).

Company: Various Publishers

I worked there from 1/2009 until now

Copywriter/Consumer Goods Reporter

Researching and writing extensive reports and blog posts on consumer goods.

Company: ConsumerSearch.com

I worked there from 1/2011 until now

Freelance Outdoors Correspondent

Reporting and writing outdoors features and columns for the state's largest newspaper.

Company: Alaska Dispatch News

I worked there from 1/2014 until now

Editorial Consultant

Editing, fact-checking and writing for the state of Alaska's official travel website.

Company: TravelAlaska.com

I worked there from 2/2017 until now

Freelance Journalist

Reporting and writing features, special sections, and six years of weekly columns at a gutsy, gritty weekly newspaper.

Company: Anchorage Press

I worked there from 7/2005 until 1/2017

Interim Senior Editor

Editing, assigning, fact-checking, developing and writing departments/features for a national glossy on all things Alaska.

Company: Alaska Magazine

I worked there from 3/2015 until 8/2015

Editorial Consultant

Scheduling, creating and promoting all editorial content related to hiking and backpacking for About.com, one of the top 25 websites in the United States. About.com was recently rebranded as ThoughtCo.com.

Company: About.com

I worked there from 7/2012 until 8/2015

Copywriter and Editor

Copywriting and editing for HayliePomroy.com in support of the #1 NYT bestselling book "The Fast Metabolism Diet," and the NYT bestselling "The Fast Metabolism Diet Cookbook."

Company: HayliePomroy.com

I worked there from 1/2012 until 3/2015

Contributing Writer

Writing feature articles, news briefs, special sections and event guides for a regional outdoors magazine.

Company: Coast Magazine

I worked there from 1/2012 until 1/2015

Freelance Book Reviewer

Reviewing books in a number of genres -- every book lover's dream job!

Company: Kirkus Media

I worked there from 1/2011 until 1/2015

Editorial Consultant

Managing the editorial calendar and writing blog entries for the Canadian and UK arms of Wantacode, along with occasional special projects.

Company: 58phases

I worked there from 1/2011 until 5/2014

Freelance Fitness Writer

Writing fitness and wellness articles for one of the largest women's websites in the world (more than 84 million unique, unduplicated visitors every month).

Company: SheKnows.com

I worked there from 1/2009 until 1/2014

Content I Write