I am a solutions-oriented writer, editor, and public speaker working at the intersection of sustainable travel, environmental conservation, and community-based advocacy efforts. I am also the founder of Rooted.

For more than a decade, I have written for and collaborated with publications, development organizations, and international brands to amplify people, projects, and news in an increasingly noisy world. Publishers and clients count on me to deliver engaging and accessible stories that impact their audiences.

An international volunteer and election observer, passionate world traveler, and permanent expatriate and global citizen, I produce work that tackles complex issues and empowers local communities.

JoAnna Haugen

I engage audiences and empower communities.

Editor

Are you an editor

in need of print-ready material empowering innovative ideas and solutions — and the people behind them?

Podcast

Are you an event or podcast producer

looking for a speaker focused on sustainable travel issues, responsible reporting, or the importance of amplifying local solutions?

Organization

Are you an organization

with deeply ingrained ethical values supporting local people and encouraging thoughtful discourse?

Publisher

Are you a publisher

searching for compelling stories about grassroots development projects from someone who has international living and traveling experience?

My portfolio includes speaking engagements and workshops, articles in dozens of print and online publications, web copy, books, video scripts, and much more.

Creating a better, more informed world one person, one encounter, one story at a time.

Editorial Expertise

Editorial

Whether penning a feature article or assisting thought leaders with developmental editing, my goal is to elevate stories lost in the noise and make them memorable.

Public Speaking

Public speaking

A memorable presentation doesn’t end when the lights come up. Instead, it is only the beginning of a conversation.