Having earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from
the University of Hawaii in 1996, Sharael has combined her interest in travel
and adventure with her passion for writing and has had her work published in
various magazines, newspapers and Web sites, including Outside magazine, Sunset
Magazine and Working Woman
Freelance writing for the past seven years has allowed her
to have over 100 articles published for print, Web and television.
Beginning her journalism career as a staff writer for the
University of Hawaii newspaper, Ka Leo O' Hawaii, she then became a
correspondent for Hawaii Paddler magazine. Soon after graduation, Sharael moved
to San Francisco where she worked as an intern for San Francisco magazine.
She has written for print publications including Outside
magazine, Working Woman magazine, Marin Independent Journal, Palo Alto Weekly,
Pleasanton Weekly, Adventure Sports Journal, San Mateo Daily Journal. She also
worked as a sportswriter for the San Francisco Independent newspaper.
In addition, she has written for Web sites including Outside
Magazine Online, CitySearch, BayInsider, About.com, ZDNet News, ZDTV (TechTV),
CNET News.com, Away.com, GORP.com, ThemeStream, and was a Web Correspondent for
She has also worked as a columnist for About.com's
"Climbing" site and Suite101.com's "Adventure Sports" site
and wrote a weekly "AOL Help" column for ZDTV (TechTV).
Sharael also taught a class entitled "Freelance Writing
for the Web" at the Learning Annex and the Bay Area Video Coalition in San
Francisco. Sharael went on to earn a certificate in Intermediate Multimedia
from the Bay Area Video Coalition.
She then put her new skills to work as a Web Producer for
ZDTV (TechTV), ZDNet News, and CNET News.com, while continuing to write. She
Director and DreamWeaver.
Utilizing her technical and journalism skills, Sharael also
worked for NBCOlympics.com as a Media Engineer during the 2000 Olympics in
Upon the birth of her daughter in 2003, Sharael switched her
focus to photography and started a portrait photography business that specializes
in pregnancy, newborn and family portraiture. This experience also led Sharael
to commercial photo shoots for Columbia Sportswear and Mountain Sprouts.
Sharael is presently living in Orange County with her
husband Jeff and daughter Katelyn and working as a freelance writer.
In her free time, Sharael volunteers for the following Laguna Beach Non-Profits:
- PTA Coffee Break, Parent Lecture Series, Committee Chair
- Thurston Middle School, Publicity Chairman
- SchoolPower, Board of Trustees