Kit Bernardi

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Media Center Director

Kit Bernardi is an award-winning travel journalist, photographer and marketer. Kit has explored more than 55 countries on six continents during 20 years writing freelance articles for print and online outlets including USA TODAY GoEscape Magazine, Delta Sky Magazine, Midwest Living Magazine,, Travel Illinois Magazine,, and many more publications. Kit’s work is showcased on her website She has been a contributing editor for Meredith Corporation’s Midwest Living Magazine, a Lowell Thomas Award winning publication. Kit edited-authored the first Not for Tourists Guide to Chicago and wrote the sassy, resourceful city guide’s chapter called Kids’ Chicago.

Kit is also a member of the Society of American Travel Writers and North American Travel Journalists Association. Kit served on the board of directors for SATW and as the Society’s first marketing committee chairman. For ten years, she’s overseen the development and administration of the Society’s sponsorship role in the global Family Travel Forum Teen Travel Essay Contest, an outreach program of the SATW Geography Education Committee.

Her marketing company Kit Bernardi & Associates provides clients brand-building consulting and communications services including integrated strategic planning, writing support, branded content, special event management and promotional partnership-sponsorship negotiation.

A public speaker, Kit has recently appeared at the South Dakota Governor’s Conference on Tourism, the Kansas Tourism Conference, Society of American Travel Writers Editors Council and the Educational Travel Conference. She also teaches travel writing and publishing strategy at Chicago-area universities.

Kit has always worked in travel and media. She took a break from public relations and promotions agency client services to backpack around the world through four continents for six months with her husband Bob. Kit was a senior marketing executive at Frankel & Company leading the United Airlines, Target Stores and ARCO Chemical Company accounts. She was public relations director for Hilton Chicago and Hilton’s Midwest Region. Kit worked as a television and radio reporter in Chicago and South Bend, Indiana.

Kit has a Masters in Writing from DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and History with a minor in the Italian language from Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana. She resides in Oak Park, Illinois with her husband and son.

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