Amanda Black has been writing for Group Tour Media for 10 years. Over the course of writing thousands of articles, she’s worked to uncover the group-friendly perks available in cities large and small and attractions famous and undiscovered.
Before joining Group Tour Media full-time, Amanda served as an intern here at the wane of the 20th century — writing articles, requesting slides and researching to see this Internet thing is going to turn into something.
She is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Hope College, in Holland, Mich., (a good five miles from the Group Tour home office), and has lived in the Holland area since arriving as one the few non-blonde freshmen at a college known for its tall and pale descendants of the Dutch settlers.
In addition to Holland, Amanda lived in Cartersville, Ga., (amazingly not named after Jimmy Carter), Arlington Heights, Ill., and various places in Indiana. Depending on the conversation, she might claim to be a Michigander, southerner, Chicagoan or Hoosier.
After winning the young authors contest in third grade, Amanda knew she wanted to be a writer. And she’s thankful every day that she gets to write for a living.
In her free time, Amanda enjoys getting out into nature, photography and mind-bending TV dramas. If you ever want to discuss Lost or Fringe, she’s game.
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