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Dawn Reiss

Dawn Reiss is a Chicago-based journalist who has written for more than 30 outlets including TIME, Time.com, USA Today, Travel + Leisure, Chicago Tribune, Plate magazine and AAA Living. Although she began her career as a sports reporter at the Dallas Morning News and St. Petersburg Times, she still enjoys the competitiveness of any industry, including event planning. To contact her, email dreiss100@gmail.com.

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