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Karl Kahler

Hola! I'm a professional writer, editor and translator with 30 years of experience in journalism. I spent 25 years working at California's Pulitzer Prize-winning San Jose Mercury News, where I started as a copy editor and departed as national editor. I spent two years as travel editor of Costa Rica's English-language Tico Times and one year as senior writer at Costa Rica's Howler Magazine. I'm also the author of "Frommer's Costa Rica 2017," part of the renowned series of Frommer's guidebooks.

I have extensive experience in newsgathering, reporting, writing and editing both news and features for print and online. I'm 100% bilingual in English and Spanish, and I once interviewed the president of Costa Rica. I live on Lake Arenal near the town of Tilarán, but I've traveled to and written about every major tourist destination in Costa Rica. My specialties include travel, real estate, adventure, profiles, local controversies, crime and all kinds of narrative nonfiction.

In 2015, I was awarded top honors from the American-Costa Rican Chamber of Commerce for producing the best work of journalism in the country in any language that year:

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