For 20 years, Fran Severn's byline has appeared in national and international, regional consumer travel, general interest and trade publications. Starting in television and radio, Severn worked at stations in Ohio and Kentucky. When her Air Force husband was transferred to England, Fran hung up her earphones and turned to the keyboard, fulfilling a long-time dream of building a freelance writing career.
For 20 years, Fran Severn has worked as a print and broadcast journalist and writer. Starting in TV and radio, she worked as a reporter, anchor, producer and assignment editor in Ohio and Kentucky. When her Air Force husband was transferred to England, Fran hung up her earphones and turned to the keyboard, starting a second career as a freelance writer. While overseas, she contributed feature pieces to Games, Horse Illustrated, Military Lifestyle, and International Mining Equipment.
Returning to the States, Fran became PR Director for the Maryland Office of Tourism Development. She was lured away to become Community Relations Director for a regional health care system. Two years later, she escaped from that field of egos, politics and self-abuse to return to the relatively benign world of freelancing.
A member of the International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association, the Southeast Outdoor Press Association, Cassell Network of Writers, Freelance Success, and FIJET, Fran concentrates on travel and lifestyle features. Major credits include Delta Sky, Women's Sports and Fitness, American Style, AAA Car & Travel, Culinary Trends, and Woodall's RV Publications. She moderates the Travel Writer's Forum on Inkspot.com.
A private pilot, Fran flies to many of her assignments. She's home-based on Maryland's Eastern Shore, where she lives with her husband, son, and two dogs.
- Florida State Writing Competition: Honorable Mention: Nonfiction: ("Goingonce, goingtwice. Sold!")
- KY Associated Press Broadcasters Association: Best Locally Produced News Documentary
- North American Travel Journalists Association: 3rd Place, Sports in Conjunction with Travel Category ("A Desert Awakening")
- Red Cross "Smokey the Bear Award" (for coverage of forest fires)
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