Amanda Witherell is a writer living and traveling aboard a 41′ sailboat, Clara Katherine, currently sailing the South Pacific. She’s worked as a journalist for Capital Times, where she wrote about the arts and entertainment scene in Wellington, New Zealand, and for the San Francisco Bay Guardian, where she covered energy, homelessness, free speech, and environmental issues. She has also been published in Blue Water SailingCapital Magazine, the COA Alumni magazine, GOOD, SaltUtne Reader, and Wooden Boat Magazine. Her work for the Bay Guardian has been reprinted in numerous altweeklies around the United States, as well as the journal Race, Poverty & the Environment.

Amanda was born and raised in New Hampshire and graduated from College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Ecology. During her time at COA she interned at the Sun magazine in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. In 2005, she attended the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, in Portland, Maine, where she studied long-form journalism.