I’m a bi-peninsular freelance writer and photographer at home in Detroit in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula and at our getaway on Lake Michigan in the Upper Peninsula.

My stories and photos have appeared in newspapers and magazines and on websites and blogs including my own Great Lakes Gazette. 

I graduated from the University of Detroit Mercy and worked in Detroit and Michigan tourism public relations before becoming a freelancer. I am a member of the Midwest Travel Writers Association and Society of American Travel Writers.

To learn more about me and my work please see my website:


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Kath Usitalo
P.O. Box 631
St. Clair Shores, MI 48080