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Matador has redefined travel media with an award-winning, multilingual editorial and educational platform that reaches a global monthly audience of more than 5 million. Since 2009, thousands of writers, photographers, and filmmakers have graduated from MatadorU programs, with students winning prestigious awards, getting paid assignments worldwide, and going on to successful careers in travel media. Our community of editors and guest faculty, along with major brand and destination partners, collectively forms a one of a kind travel media ecosystem, with editors proactively engaging students around projects and publishing opportunities.

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Carlo Alcos Dean of Education

Carlo Alcos (Dean of Education)

Carlo is a Managing Editor at Matador and Dean of Education at MatadorU. He began freelancing with Matador in 2008 and has been an editor since 2009. His work has also appeared in Business Insider, CNN Travel, Asian Traveler, and Huffington Post TV, as well as on a novel where he landed a cover photo. In his other life he performs with an acoustic group (guitar, mandolin, vocals) and loves yoga, rock climbing, hiking, and nature. He currently lives in Nelson, BC.

David Seth Miller Director of Curricula

David Seth Miller (Director of Curricula)

Winner of two consecutive Lowell Thomas awards for excellence in travel journalism (2010, 2011), David Miller is Matador's Senior Editor and Director of Curricula at MatadorU. He was a contributing author for Fodor's Patagonia (Random House 2009) and edited two books: No Foreign Lands (Matador Publications, 2011) and 101 Places to Get F*cked Up Before You Die (Saint Martin's Press, 2014). As an educator, he has presented on the craft of travel journalism in the digital age at Tumblr, Hostelling International, the Public Relations Society of America, and the Association of Writers and Writing Programs. He lives with his wife and two young children in Asheville, North Carolina, and loves nothing more than traveling with them somewhere with waves.

Colby Brown Director of Photography

Colby Brown (Director of Photography)

Colby is a photographer, photo educator, entrepreneur and author based out of Denver, Colorado. Specializing in landscape, travel, and humanitarian photography, his extensive portfolio spans the four corners of the globe. Early in his career he worked as a photography instructor for National Geographic in South America and he is currently the CEO of The Giving Lens, an organization that aims to blend photo education with support for NGOs in developing countries. His clients include companies such as Canon, Sony, Toshiba, and Wacom and his images have been seen in various publications around the globe. Colby is is one of the most followed photographers in social media.

Scott Sporleder Director of Filmmaking

Scott Sporleder (Director of Filmmaking)

Scott is a professional photographer and filmmaker who found his passion for photography and travel documentation while living in China nearly 10 years ago. Since then he has gone on to win various photography awards as well as having his work published in The New York Times, Mashable, NPR.org, The New Yorker, The Daily Guardian, Islands Magazine, and numerous other publications. Over the past two years Scott has traveled from Tasmania to the Canadian Arctic and from the Namibian desert to the Fjords of Norway for Matador Network, where he is the Creative Director. You can check out his photos at sporlederart.com or follow his adventures on Instagram @SpoArt.

Kate Siobhan Havercroft Photography and Writing Faculty

Kate Siobhan Havercroft (Photography and Writing Faculty)

Kate Siobhan is a travel photographer and writer based out of Vancouver, Canada. She holds a degree in Non-Fiction Creative Writing from UBC, where she graduated with Honors and received the Dean's Award for Excellence in Leadership. She is a published author, photo-educator, mentor, and public speaker. She runs The Giving Lens, leading teams of photographers on international volunteer workshops around the world, combining photo-education with humanitarian and documentary work. She quit her "real" job in 2011 to pursue a full-time awesome life, which, aside from travel, includes craft beer, coffee, her fat cat, and one excellent husband.

Candice Walsh Writing Faculty

Candice Walsh (Writing Faculty)

Candice is a Contributing Editor at Matador and a MatadorU faculty member based in Newfoundland, Canada. She's also an award-winning blogger and full-time traveler and freelance writer. With a degree in English and Professional Writing, Candice's work has been featured in various publications like SOAR, ahoy!, Marine Atlantic Onboard Magazine, Reader's Digest, and the Newfoundland Quarterly. She's the sole Newfoundland travel writer in the Travel Media Association of Canada, and is also a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association and Professional Travel Bloggers Association.

Mary Sojourner Writing Faculty

Mary Sojourner (Writing Faculty)

Mary is a writer with seven nationally published books (the latest coming out in August 2014 from Torrey House Press) and has been mentoring writers since 1990 at writing conferences, universities, colleges, and for private students. She wrote her first novel when she was 46, fought her first environmental battle that same year, ran her first river when she was 51, started rock climbing when she was 55, was awarded Distinguished Writer in Residence at Arizona State University in 2007, and likes to solo hike and camp as often as she can. She works with her student's fiction, creative non-fiction, novels, and poetry with respect and a fierce eye for quality. Mary's students tell her that working with her takes them down a wild path to their real stories. She teaches that the deepest stories originate in place.

Daniel Nahabedian Photography Faculty

Daniel Nahabedian (Photography Faculty)

Daniel is a full-time freelance travel photographer. His work has appeared in various online and print publications such as Matador Network, AFAR, the Smithsonian, AsiaRooms, and Makeshift magazine. When not travelling to pursue personal projects, he teaches photography and post-processing in Lightroom during various workshops in countries such as Thailand, Germany, Ireland, Spain, and the UAE. His passion and experience has led to him being invited to speak about photography at TBEX in Dublin and TBDI in Italy. When he's not on the road, you can find him in Granada, Spain, posting photos and tutorials on his website and enjoying free tapas and the laid-back Spanish lifestyle.

Eric Warren Filmmaking Faculty

Eric Warren (Filmmaking Faculty)

Eric studied photography and creative writing at Northwest College and the University of Montana respectively. He has combined these mediums to craft stories for over a decade. As a filmmaker, he works with both travel and non-travel industry clients. Eric has been nominated for three awards through the TripFilms community, including best new filmmaker. He also trains filmmakers for a local non-profit to shoot documentaries that create social change.

Noah Pelletier Writing Faculty

Noah Pelletier (Writing Faculty)

Noah is a staff writer at Matador Network and a writing coach at MatadorU. He was born and raised in North Carolina, holds a marketing degree, and a certificate in Creative Nonfiction from UCLA. A former door-to-door salesman, drug store manager, and claims adjuster in a large insurance company, Noah quit his job and moved to China to begin writing. He now lives in Düsseldorf, Germany, where his work has been published both in print and online. His book, No Experienced Required: A Memoir of Crummy Jobs, is forthcoming in 2014.

Morgan DeBoer Writing Faculty

Morgan DeBoer (Writing Faculty)

Morgan is a MatadorU Writing faculty member, Matador Contributing Editor, and English tutor. She holds a degree in economics and studies Creative Nonfiction at UCLA extension. She has contributed to Matador Network, Urbanist Guide, and the St. Martin's Press publication 101 Places to Get F**ked Up Before You Die. Morgan is a military spouse and volunteers with organizations that aid service members and their families.

Sarah Park Student Advisor

Sarah Park (Student Advisor)

Sarah Park is a Contributing Editor at Matador and is the Student Advisor at MatadorU. She also teaches copywriting, content strategy, and online marketing to small businesses who want to stand out in their industry. Her words have appeared in various publications including Matador Network, CNN Travel, and Alaska Airlines Magazine, and have also reinvented businesses in a range of industries including microbreweries, luxury resorts, and, delightfully, pet supplies. Sarah retired from city life in 2006 when she moved to Mammoth Lakes, California, where she enjoys snowboarding and has recently begun trail running.

Katie Scott Aiton MatadorU Director of Sales

Katie Scott Aiton (MatadorU Director of Sales)

Katie has been traveling the Asian/Pacific region for 10 years working as an anthropologist and regional analyst. She has worked for the United Nations as a translator, negotiator, and media liaison in Cambodia, Australia, and New York. When she's not surfing, chasing summers, and eating coconuts, she's writing stories in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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