Travel With Val Contributors

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Jennifer Ceaser, Writer

Jennifer Ceaser is the Deputy Editor of the New York Post’s Home section, and writes frequently for the newspaper’s Travel section. She also freelances for Delta Sky magazine and the Tribeca Film website. She’s a former editor at Gotham and Hamptons magazines and still enjoys perusing their party pictures. When she’s not traveling, she’s biking around Brooklyn or tending to her large tomcat, Fatty.

Laura Lippstone, Writer

Journalist Laura Lippstone has been traveling since her teens, when she would gaze at the ocean at the Jersey Shore and vow to discover what was beyond the horizon. She recently took a round-the-world trip with just a carry-on, chronicled on her blog,

She’s also lived her own version of Crocodile Dundee in Australia, gone marlin fishing in Cabo San Lucas, glacier climbing in New Zealand, and tooled around Alaska in a bush plane. She’s worked at MSNBC, The Travel Channel, TIME, and Australia’s equivalent of the PBS NewsHour; and freelances for The Huffington Post and many other venues.

Tara Kyle

Tara Kyle, Writer

Tara Kyle is a freelance writer, videographer and web producer who grew up in Juneau, Alaska. She has lived in Scotland, Germany and Qatar, reported stories in Syria and throughout the U.S., and traveled extensively through Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.

Tara’s stories been published in outlets including PBS Online NewsHour, FLYP Media, and Condé Nast Traveler’s The Perrin Post. She is currently working with, McKinsey Publishing’s What Matters Now, and She is the recipient of a 2008 Webby Award and holds degrees from Dartmouth College and Columbia University.

Caroline Shin is a multimedia journalist with a passion for foreign cultures, languages and food.

She graduated with a master’s degree from the Columbia University School of Journalism and a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Brown University. In the past year, she has written for Anderson Cooper 360 and Columbia’s NY Food Chain.

Caroline is a native New Yorker who grew up in Queens, lived in Argentina and traveled through five continents. You can see more of her work at

Nicole Israel, Writer

Nicole is an Anchor and Multimedia Reporter/Producer for WMBC-TV 63.  She received her Masters in Journalism from Columbia University, and has worked for the Associated Press, CNN and ABC News.  In the meantime, she feeds her passion for travel, food and writing with work for the New York Magazine website, and — coupled with recent journeys to Iceland, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, India and the Philippines.  When not working or traveling, she can usually be found on the tennis courts, in the kitchen with a new recipe or with her nose buried in a travel guide on the next destination.

Vanessa Yurkevich, Writer

Vanessa is a reporter and producer with NY1 News and NY1 Noticias. While she enjoys covering local news in New York, she also enjoys traveling the world to learn about new places and cultures. For NY1 she spent time in Haiti covering the aftermath of the earthquake and produced “Travel with Val” segments on Iceland. She also produced pieces for the Associated Press Television in Argentina and interned at Radio Cultura in Buenos Aires. Vanessa graduated from Fordham University at Lincoln Center, is fluent in Spanish, and holds dual citizenship from the United States and Poland.