About the Author

Diane Daniel (photo by Selina Kok)

Diane is a Durham, NC-based journalist who writes about travel, the outdoors, and people’s lives. She’s most interested in what she calls preservation travel — travel that preserves cultures and community, history, buildings, and the environment. Writing about farms, agriculture, and food covers all those interests.

You can find her work regularly in Ode MagazineThe Boston Globe and the News & Observer (NC), and it also appears in the Washington Post travel section, Southern Living magazine, and other national and regional publications. In 2008, Diane won a national Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Award for a New York Times travel story.

Diane is available to present an entertaining and educational “Farm Fresh” show in photos (35 minutes long), and as a step-on guide for farm/food tours in North Carolina. She also works as a public relations and agritourism consultant. Occasionally she teaches travel writing at Duke University Continuing Studies or privately. 

Check out her travel blog at www.placeswegopeoplewesee.com and her website at www.bydianedaniel.com.

Feel free to email her at diane@bydianedaniel.com.

Thanks for stopping by!

7 Responses to About the Author

  1. Rita Lane says:

    We have restored an 1866 farm house near Gates, N.C. It is used as a guest house for the area (as there are no motels available), social events, and several weddings. Would love for you to visit any time you are in the area. We raise Registered Angus cattle, peanuts, cotton, corn, and soybeans. The house sits in a grove of pecan trees. No website available yet, but is listed on visitnc.com. Do you know what I need to do to get registered with Farm Fresh? Am looking forward to your new book.. Rita Lane

  2. didaniel says:

    Hi Rita. Thanks for stopping by. I’d need more info to check out your place, at least the URL from visitnc.com. You can’t register to be in my book because the listings are selective. But I’ll be sure to check you out for the next edition if I know where to find you. For more details on how I put the book together, visit

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  4. Susan says:

    I was curious, what size and type of pan do you recommend for the “Super Simple Strawberry Cobbler” recipe in your book, “Farm Fresh North Carolina”? Thanks in advance, for your recommendation.

    • didaniel says:

      Sorry I didn’t see this until now. Weird… Anyway, recipe calls for 5-cup baking dish. I used a smallish casserole dish. I made this over the weekend and put a little too much milk in it. Grrrr… It’s truly super and simple! But you know what — I think I like it better with peaches and/or black/blueberries. Strawberries are made to be eaten raw is my conclusion! Especially the fresh local ones!

  5. Wendy Murray says:

    Read a story about you in WNC woman recently. At end of story the writer said you were working on a new book about Shelton Laurel massacre. I visited the site several years ago and took photos. Very secretive community and not friendly to outsiders. Would you like to see my grave photos or do you need any help with research?

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