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

  • When a fare may seem unfair

    When a fare may seem unfair

    Question: We had to rebook our son on a later flight from LAX to Barcelona, Spain. When we called United, the agent said his return flight had to be canceled. She rebooked his return flight reservation even though, after she did so, he returned on the same plane in the same seat, on the same day,...

  • 15 years after 9/11, a visitor reminds us how travel has the power to transform

    15 years after 9/11, a visitor reminds us how travel has the power to transform

    The anniversary of 9/11 always reminds me of  America’s terrible losses, but it also reminds me, in the wake of the grounding of aircraft, of what we gained: a renewed appreciation for our freedom to travel. Has the world become a more contentious place in the intervening years? Sometimes it seems...

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