Jenna Scatena is an independent international magazine journalist based in Istanbul and San Francisco. Jenna spent the first five years of her career as a staff writer and editor San Francisco magazine, where she covered culture, tech, and travel. In 2014, she pivoted to freelance writing, reporting for American and British media from 19 countries in the Middle East, Asia, Europe, and North America. Her work focuses on the intersection of place and culture. She is an international correspondent for Conde Nast Traveler and her articles have appeared in AFAR, BBC, San Francisco Chronicle, O the Oprah magazine, Travel + Leisure, Marie Claire, Vogue, Lonely Planet, Sunset, SELF, and others. Her essays are anthologized in The Best Women's Travel Writing Vol. 9 and Vol. 11 (Travelers' Tales) and An Innocent Abroad (Lonely Planet), and won two Solas Travel Writing Awards.
Jenna has taught journalism workshops at UCLA, Stanford, and UC Berkeley through The Center for American Progress, served on faculty at The Book Passage Travel Writers Conference, and been a guest speaker on radio shows and at conferences such as the Women's Travel Fest and the Global Wellness Summit.