New York Times bestselling author Kelly E. Carter is the Director of Communications at Alpha Omega winery in the legendary Rutherford Bench of world famous Napa Valley. The bon vivant made a name for herself writing about sports, entertainment, luxury lifestyles and pet travel for a variety of media outlets during her illustrious journalism career.
She’s journeyed to more than 40 countries and territories on six continents — often with her dapper dog Lucy in tow. Fueled by her passion for pets and travel, the globetrotter founded The Jet Set Pets®, the luxury travel resource for pampered pets on the go, in 2011. The posh pair’s pawsome lifestyle made Kelly a natural to write National Geographic Books’ The Dog Lover’s Guide to Travel, featuring 75 of the best places in the U.S. and Canada to vacation with a dog. The tail-all travel guide, released in April 2014, earned Kelly a prestigious Lowell Thomas Award. Sadly, Lucy passed away a few days after the winners were announced.
For her first book, Kelly teamed up with tennis phenom Venus Williams to pen Come to Win: Business Leaders, Artists, Doctors, and Other Visionaries on How Sports Can Help You Top Your Profession, a New York Times bestseller in 2010. In her spare time away from Alpha Omega, Kelly toils away on Bellini for One, a memoir about her and Lucy’s glorious two-year experience living la bella vita in Italy, while she researches her next book, Napa is the New Italy.
Prior to joining Alpha Omega, Kelly was the Editor of Haute Living Magazine San Francisco. Her journalism résumé also includes an eight-year stint as a Contributing Editor at Elite Traveler, staff positions at People, USA Today and CNN-SI, and more than a decade as a freelancer.
The former member of the Fourth Estate showed her dedication to her craft from the start when she gave up the warmth of her native Los Angeles to begin her award-winning sports writing career at the tiny Iowa City Press-Citizen in the dead of winter. She paid her dues every step of the way and climbed journalism’s ladder of success to the Pittsburgh Press, Dallas Morning News then Orange County Register, where she landed her dream job and made history as the first female beat writer assigned to cover the Los Angeles Lakers. From there it was on to USA Today as an NFL and NBA writer before she switched to broadcast and joined CNN-SI as an on-air correspondent.
She traded sweaty locker rooms for Hollywood’s glitz and glamour by using her flair for quickly bonding with boldface names to segue from sports to entertainment/celebrity fashion at People, where she worked her way up to Insider columnist. Soon, USA Today lured her back to dazzle the nation’s readers with her impressive celebrity coverage. She sat down with a multitude of A-list stars for one-on-one interviews and became a fixture at Hollywood award shows, premieres and parties. After wearing out her stilettos on the red carpet, Kelly fulfilled a fantasy of many when she (and Lucy) moved to Italy in 2003 to launch a freelance travel writing career. The dynamic duo enjoyed more than two years in Florence and Positano before saying arrivederci in 2005. The peripatetic writer briefly settled down in the media capital of New York until wanderlust got the best of her once again.
After returning briefly to her hometown of Los Angeles and reconnecting with her University of Southern California family, Kelly relocated to San Francisco and became a member of the prestigious San Francisco Writer’s Grotto. Kelly has been featured on “Good Morning America” and in the pages of the numerous print publications, including the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle and Ebony. She resides in Rutherford — the perfect place to write.
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