Work with me

Cindy Barks

I am a journalist with more than 25 years of experience working for a newspaper in Northern Arizona. Over the years, I’ve written stories on everything from local and state elections, to the tragic loss of wildland firefighters, to features on new recreational trails. I have a bachelor’s degree in journalism, and I have always relished the world of news, where deadlines are a way of life, and accuracy and objectivity are a reporter’s calling cards.

I love my day job, but whenever I can, I indulge in my other passion – travel. An unquenchable desire for new horizons was the impetus for the creation of – a travel blog that focuses on Arizona and the American Southwest, but also ventures to far-away spots. Recent trips have taken me to: Yosemite, Zion, and Glacier National Parks; Seattle, Washington; Vancouver, British Columbia; the Czech Republic; Taipei, Taiwan; the Sea of Cortez, Mexico; Hong Kong, China; and the San Blas Islands, Panama.

Through, I strive to capture the culture, culinary landscape, and lifestyle of a destination. I launched the website in May 2015, and have published 80 posts to date.

Along with writing, I delight in taking photos, which I regularly share on Instagram and Twitter. My social media followings have grown steadily over the past year and a half to a total of more than 3,000.

Since the start of NearandFarAZ, I have had about 10 articles, with photos, published in the Rails to Trails Conservancy, and on its website. The articles have included: a Trail of the Month article on the Animas River Trail in Durango, Colorado; a feature article on the San Francisco Bay Trail; and a destination piece on the Peavine Trail in Prescott, Arizona.

I also have partnered with other travel bloggers on collaborative lists: ( and ).

I would love to use my growing blog as a platform for future partnerships with new destinations, travel websites, and adventure and hiking publications. I pride myself on taking unique story angles; my posts regularly go beyond the usual travelogue format. With my background in journalism, I can deliver interesting, concise, and accurate stories, accompanied by original, colorful photos.

I believe that NearandFarAZ has endless potential for growth. So, if you are interested in growing with me, I am just an email message away!

To learn more about me and my past travels, check out my interview with Travel Awaits.


Please feel free to contact me. Here’s how:

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