Jan Schroder is an award-winning writer based in Atlanta. She writes a travel column and is Editorial Director of The 100 Companies, a group of 14 eNewsletters and websites around the world with more than 300,000 subscribers.
Jan freelances for Fodor’s Travel and Moneyinc and appears on the radio on “Belinda Skelton’s Atlanta Living” on WSB as a travel correspondent. She also contributes to Belinda’s website. She is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers.
Jan worked as a paralegal, membership manager of the High Museum of Art and stay-at-home mom prior to beginning her journalism career. She is former managing editor of Travelgirl magazine, was a featured blogger on the Atlanta Convention and Visitor’s Bureau website and has been published in Elle magazine, Creative Loafing, Atlanta Parent, Fulton County Daily Report, the Charlotte Observer, and Chicken Soup for the Expectant Mother’s Soul. Her articles have also appeared online in Miami Herald.com, Ledger-Inquirer.com, charlotteobserver.com, divinecaroline.com, Boulder Weekly.com and uptownscoop.com.
Formerly the editor of Atlanta Intown newspapers, Jan was also a newspaper columnist for many years for those newspapers as well as The Story and The Reporter newspapers.
Her corporate work includes articles, magazines and profiles for AGL Resources, King & Spalding, The Coca-Cola Company, Rock-Tenn, Consumer Credit Counseling Service and Colonial Properties Trust. She also coaches students on their college and grad school essays. Read more about that at College Essay Coach.
She is the author of three books, Just a Stage, Murphy’s: 25 Years of Recipes and Memories, and Raising the Bar: Legendary Rainmakers Share Their Business Development Secrets,which she ghostwrote for a client of Schroder Public Relations. With her former book publishing company, Schroder Publishing, Jan also published Souper Jenny Cooks and No Such Thing as a Pretty Good Alligator Wrestler.
Her travels have taken her crocodile hunting in Belize, snorkeling in San Salvador and Bora Bora, snowshoeing in Yosemite, sailing in the British Virgin Islands, ziplining in Costa Rica and doing a whole lot of nothing on as many beaches as she could find. Highlights include watching her daughter run the Olympic Torch in Klamath Falls, Oregon, biking down Haleakala in Hawaii, and dining with her extended family at a castle in Tuscany.
Jan is a native of Atlanta and graduated cum laude from the University of Virginia. She is married to Chris Schroder and is the mother to two children, Catherine and Christopher.
Her community service works includes being a member of the Citizen’s Review Panel of the Fulton County Juvenile Court and the Atlanta Junior League.
- Green Eyeshade Awards from the Society of Professional Journalists
- Six finalist awards for my humor column on parenting. Yes, that’s right. Six second- and third-place awards. I am the Susan Lucci of the Green Eyeshade Awards
- 2011 Benjamin Franklin Award for Excellence in Independent Publishing, for “No Such Thing as a Pretty Good Alligator Wrestler.”
- Golden Flame Award from the International Association of Business Communicators for feature writing for “Child Abuse: A Hard Look at Disturbing Facts”