Judith Morgan

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Biography

Judith Blakely Morgan is a widely published journalist and author, based in California. Her weekly travel column, launched as “Her World” in the Los Angeles Times [1975-1992], roams to all continents and now appears in about 200 newspapers in the U.S. and abroad through the Copley News syndicate. The column, a personal, passionate and often humorous essay on the joys and rigors of travel, has won numerous awards from the Society of American Travel Writers, San Diego Press Club and California Press Association.

As a biographer, she is co-author (with Neil Morgan*) of Dr. Seuss & Mr. Geisel,* selected by The New York Times as a Notable Book of 1995, and of Roger, a biography of the oceanographer Roger Revelle, published in 1996 by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego.

California, a book of essays she wrote with photographer DeWitt Jones in 1989, received the Lowell Thomas Award from the Society of American Travel Writers Foundation. In 1974, the Morgans collaborated on Island in the Coast: Sea Ranch, California (Oceanic Design, San Francisco.)

A lifelong traveler and ever-curious about the world, Judith Morgan has written articles for many magazines including National Geographic [with Neil Morgan], Travel & Leisure, Readers’ Digest, Sports Illustrated and Harper’s Bazaar. She has served as interviewer and editor for oral histories through the University of California, Berkeley.

She grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma in a family of journalists. After graduating with honors from the University of Montana in 1960, she studied in Argentina as a fellow of the Inter-American Press Association. She was a reporter on The Tulsa World before joining the staff of The San Diego Union in 1963.

She lives in La Jolla, California, with her husband Neil. She serves on the University of California, San Diego, Board of Overseers and is a Trustee of the University of Montana Foundation. The Morgans are joint recipients of the Ellen & Roger Revelle Award for community leadership and the UCSD Chancellor’s Associates Medal.


Selected Works

Biography
Dr. Seuss & Mr. Geisel (New York: Random House, 1995; Da Capo Press, 2000)
A New York Times Notable Book of 1995 -The New York Times
Essays
California (Graphic Arts Center Publishing Co., Portland, OR 1989)
A loving, light-hearted collection of personal essays and observations about life in this rambunctious, outrageous, 1,000-mile-long state.
Non-fiction
Roger, A Biography of Roger Revelle (Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego, 1996.)
“…this [biography]is required reading for historians who want to understand the development of the marine and geophysical sciences since the 1930s.”
--Isis



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