Katie is an award-winning freelance writer with expertise in wine, spirits, travel, and food.   

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Journalist • Editor • Storyteller

Katie uncovers what's interesting in wine, spirits, food, and travel. For the past 15 years, she has contributed to publications with national and global reach, including Forbes, USA Today, Modern Luxury, Wine Enthusiast, Southern Living, and Decanter. She received the MAGS Award for Writing and Editorial Excellence in 2011 and currently holds a WSET Intermediate certificate. 

4.5 Million Views on Forbes.com


Katie's articles have garnered extensive traffic on Forbes.com. Her most popular articles "Are You Drinking Too Much? The Myth of Moderation" and "The Ultimate Guide to the Best Meal Kit Delivery Services" continue to resonate with readers. 

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Where it's Interesting


Interested in must-see vineyards near Venice, Italy? Curious about glamping experiences and where to find them? Katie's travel articles take you there and give you all the details.

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Tommy Black

 Travel Director

Southern Living (retired)

Katie was one of the best writers I worked with during my many years at Southern Living

Stephanie Davis Smith

Editorial Director

Modern Luxury Media

Katie Kelly Bell is capable and savvy, a crackerjack writer and editor, mature in her editorial decisions, but visionary in keeping up with new trends, ideas and the changing face of our industry. She’s hardworking and the kind of senior writer that I’d easily hand the reins over to in a pickle and not think twice about it. I have personally worked with Katie for more than seven years. She shows passion and enthusiasm for the markets we cover, especially spirits and dining, and she’s a champ at mining pop culture and industry data for creative and off-the-path story ideas.

Kirsten Ott

 Life, Food and Style Editor

The Sunday Paper

Working with Katie is wonderful. She hits deadlines with on-target copy that connects with our readers, and she does it all with a smile. Her comedic timing and thoughtful insights blend perfectly together in every article she writes.