Heide Brandes

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Oklahoma City, OK
University Of Central Oklahoma
Mediterranean Diet, Hiking Food, Healthy Smoothies
  • Heide has served as President and Vice President of The Society for Professional Journalists Oklahoma Chapter and hosts seminars on how to break into freelance writing.
  • She served as the Oklahoma correspondent for Reuters News Service for seven years.
  • As a journalist, she has been honored with two Lowell Thomas Awards for Destination Travel Writing from The Society for Professional Journalists. Additionally, she has received numerous awards from the North American Travel Journalists Association and dozens of honors from SPJ.


Heide is an award-winning journalist, editor and professional writer with more than 20 years experience. She was a reporter and editor for three small, country newspapers in Oklahoma before taking over as executive editor for 11 newspapers for a national chain. After spending seven years as communications and media director for a large nonprofit in Oklahoma City, Heide jumped into the wild and wooly world of freelance writing. She was the Oklahoma correspondent for Reuters News Service, and served as a regular contributor for local dailies. She specializes in health coverage, local business news, food and drink, travel and breaking news. Heide is now a contributor to such publications as National Geographic Travel, BBC, The Smithsonian, Conde Nast, Cowboys & Indians Magazine, Sierra Magazine, Southern Living, The Houston Chronicle, Outdoor x 4, and Fodors.


Heide earned a bachelor's degree in professional writing from the University of Central Oklahoma.
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