Catharine Hamm

Columnist On the Spot

Catharine Hamm is the Travel editor for the Los Angeles Times. She was born in Syracuse, N.Y., to a peripatetic family whose stops included Washington, D.C.; Honolulu; and Manila. Her varied media career has taken her from McPherson, Kan., to Kansas City, Mo., San Bernardino, Salinas and L.A. Hamm has twice received individual Lowell Thomas Awards, and the Travel section has been recognized seven times during her tenure as editor. Her favorite place? Always where she’s going next.

Recent Articles

  • Shootings in Laos prompt travel alert

    Shootings in Laos prompt travel alert

    Recent shootings on a road between two major tourist destinations in Laos have prompted the State Department to issue a travel alert. Road 13 connects Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and Vang Vieng, whose tourist attractions — tubing, kayaking and rock climbing, among them — are the...

  • The facts on Real ID and TSA-compliant ID cards for senior citizens

    The facts on Real ID and TSA-compliant ID cards for senior citizens

    I just finished reading the Feb. 14 "On the Spot" ("You Have License to be Frustrated"). In it, Real ID driver's license compliance was discussed. Here are my questions: My mother-in-law is 91, lives in California and doesn't have any immediate travel plans, but her driver's license has expired....

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