Alumnus Has Traveled the World as Travel Reporter

Posted on: September 1, 2013

jenkinsRobert Jenkins, a 1965 School of Journalism graduate, is celebrating the publication of his first two e-books, "End Bag" and "Casting Off," which are compilations of articles from decades of work as a successful travel reporter.

Jenkins, who was the first travel editor for the St. Petersburg Times in St. Petersburg, Fla., a position he held for 19 years, has traveled around the world.

During his time at the St. Petersburg Times, he won nine national awards from the Society of American Travel Writers Foundation's Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition for his writing and editing of the weekly travel news section.

"I owe my livelihood for the past 48 years to learning the basics of journalism [at Michigan State University]," says Jenkins, who resides in St. Petersburg, Fla.

After graduating from MSU, he first worked for The Grand Rapids Press, then Newsday, before joining the St. Petersburg Times in 1969. He also had served as editor of the St. Petersburg Times national news section during the Vietnam War and Watergate, state news editor and city editor for its three home-county regional editions.

Jenkins now works as a freelance writer and writes for the Tampa Bay Times (formerly the St. Petersburg Times), San Francisco Chronicle, The Dallas Morning News, Toronto Star, Miami Herald, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Rand McNally, AAA magazines, CruiseCritic, Morris Visitor Publications and has articles due to run in the next few weeks in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and The Denver Post.

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