Amanda Bretz

Florida Gulf Coast University, University Of Washington
Food, News, Travel
  • Amanda has over a decade of experience as a journalist and has written for print and digital publications.
  • Her writing experience includes writing for AOL, Mapquest, and North America Talk, and she currently writes for Feast Magazine, a digital and print publication that highlights the best places to eat and drink in the Midwest.
  • In addition to her passion for food and travel writing, Amanda's also a published author. She has written over two dozen novels and short stories.


Amanda Bretz has been spinning tales since childhood. Born in southern Illinois coal country, her family moved around the Midwest and the South, which fostered her love of good food and travel and the desire to share her adventures with others. Growing up her favorite part of the newspaper was the Lifestyles section. She spent hours pouring over articles on food, drink, travel, and leisure. It’s little wonder she ended up studying journalism and over the course of a decade wrote hundreds of feature pieces on people, events, eateries, and travel.


Amanda studied journalism at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, FL. and got her start as a feature reporter for a weekly newspaper. In 2019, Amanda continued her education with a certificate in Storytelling & Content Strategy from University of Washington in Seattle. This continuing education program is aimed at strengthening storytelling skills through incorporating classic storytelling elements, content strategy, and using data to tell a compelling story to the right audience.
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