Los Angeles Times

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

  • Airfare deal: Rio round trip for $645

    Airfare deal: Rio round trip for $645

    You can see Rio de Janeiro ahead of the 2016 Olympics by quickly booking this $645 round trip, including all taxes and fees, from LAX on Air Canada or United. It is subject to availability and the purchase deadline is Wednesday. You must stay at least three days and not more than three months,...

  • Amtrak to charge baggage fees, but it's not as bad as you think

    Amtrak to charge baggage fees, but it's not as bad as you think

    Et tu, Amtrak? The passenger rail service is cracking down on passengers who carry too much stuff. You can take two 50-pound bags and two 25-pound carry-ons, which is a whole lot more generous than the airlines. Exceed that and you’ll pay the price. Starting Thursday, Amtrak will charge a $20 excess...