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

  • The National Park Service: Some facts and figures

    The National Park Service: Some facts and figures

    If the National Park Service is celebrating 100 years, does that mean the oldest national park is only 100 years old? No. Yellowstone, which was established on March 1, 1872, is the first national park. People talk about 59 parks, but we also hear the number 409 in reference to parks. What's the...

  • American and United will allow ticket changes to Zika-affected destinations

    American and United will allow ticket changes to Zika-affected destinations

    Two airlines are loosening their policies on changes to tickets to countries where Zika virus, suspected as a cause of birth defects, is present. “It’s for any one of our customers who are concerned about traveling to these regions because of this virus and because they feel that the CDC [Centers...

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