Melissa DeVaughn runs her dog team on trails near her home in Eagle River/Chugiak, Alaska.
Outdoor and Adventure travel in Alaska
Melissa DeVaughn is author of "Alaska Adventure Guide," "The Unofficial Guide to Adventure Travel in Alaska," "Off the Beaten Path Alaska" and contributing writer to the Frommers destination book, "Dream Vacations".
She wrote a weekly outdoors column for the state's largest newspaper, the Anchorage Daily News, until 2009, and now spends her time freelancing and editing. Her freelance work has appeared in numerous magazines and guidebooks, including Alaska, Canoe & Kayak, Backpacker, Alaska Airlines, Audubon, Women's Adventure and Mother Earth News. Her work has earned honors from Landmark Newspapers, Society of Professional Journalism, Morris Excellence in Journalism and the Alaska Press Club.
Melissa is a former outdoors writer at the Anchorage Daily News. She has also worked as a features reporter, copy editor and news beat reporter over her 20-year journalism career.
Melissa graduated with a degree in English from Virginia Tech in 1990 and fulfilled the requirements for a biology degree a year later. In 1993, she hiked the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. After that six-month long-distance hike, she moved to Alaska in search of new trails and tales to tell. She has lived here ever since.
Today, Melissa enjoys dog mushing and has a small team of huskies she runs from her Chugiak/Eagle River home. In the summer, she competes in road cycling races and goes camping wherever and whenever she can. Her writing ranges from accessible outdoor adventure such as camping with her children to off-the-beaten path treks such as dog mushing through wilderness to the west side of Denali.
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