Hi, I am

Albert Stumm

I am a traveling writer.

about me




I’ve written about travel, breaking news, development, restaurants, crime and politics, plus content for websites, shareholder reports and other publications. Member of the Society of American Travel Writers.



As as an editor for more than 10 years at the Associated Press and Philadelphia Daily News, I honed expert skills in editing for content, clarity, style and more. Contact me for rates on a wide range of editing services.



My photographs have been published in numerous publications and websites. Find a sample of my work on the Portfolio page.



In Philadelphia, I founded a neighborhood blog, PassyunkPost.com, and turned it into a profitable news website for up to 50,000 readers a month before passing the torch to another journalist.

Fun Facts

36 Countries

4 Websites

20,000 Cups
Of Coffee

Game Show



October 2017 – Present

Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street Magazine

Senior Staff Writer
  • Work with test kitchen to develop recipes from travel, including ingredient deep dives on pomegranate molasses in Turkey and smoked paprika in Spain
  • Cooked with home cooks and chefs in Portugal to write about cornbread, Italy for roast pork, Georgia (the country) for roast chicken with walnuts, the Canary Islands for potatoes and more
  • Ghost-write two weekly columns on weeknight cooking for Associated Press and Boston Globe
  • Leader/Editor of e-commerce team to ensure Milk Street voice in product descriptions, newsletters and other content online. Repurpose content across departments for blog posts to optimize SEO
Staff Writer
  • Research, test recipes and write seven to nine stories per issue, as well as other copy and sidebars. Write ingredient how-tos, explainers and roundups. Copy edit each issue to AP style

June 2016 – Present

Freelance Writer and Editor

  • Besides Milk Street, I have written, taken photographs and produced pieces for Associated Press, CNN, The Boston Globe, The Philadelphia Inquirer, American Public Media, Luxury Travel Advisor, CruiseCritic.com, AAA Traveler Worldwise, AAA Northeast, WRTI-FM and other outlets.
    — Published in compilation of Associated Press’ best travel coverage: “Get Outta Here”
  • I have more than 10 years of experience editing and proofreading news, features, websites, financial reports, academic papers, marketing materials, translations, nonprofit pamphlets, resumes and more. Member of the Society of American Travel Writers.

October 2014 – May 2016

Associated Press

Newsperson/Desk Editor
East Region State Government editor
  • I coordinated coverage among reporters in statehouses throughout the 10-state East Region, stretching from Ohio to New Jersey and up to Maine. I also edited spot news and enterprise stories on all topics.
  • Responded to breaking news and wrote or updated stories. Contributed reporting. Wrote compelling headlines. Conceived of and edited enterprise stories. Coordinated with multimedia staff and the AP’s journalists around the globe.

June 2012 – January 2017

Passyunk Post.com

  • I built a hyperlocal website covering a host of topics in the booming neighborhood of South Philadelphia, including restaurants, development, events, retail, openings, closings, quality of life issues and other aspects of city living.
  • Audience reached up to 50,000 unique visitors a month. Attracted more than 40 advertisers and managed a stable of more than 30 contributing writers. I sold the site in 2017.

February 2008 – May 2014

Philadelphia Daily News

Assistant City Editor
  • I supervised a team of up to 10 reporters, assigned stories and managed the Page 1 enterprise calendar while balancing the daily demands of breaking news.

September 2008 – May 2012

Temple University

Adjunct Professor
  • I designed an immersive, writing-intensive curriculum for Writing for Journalism. Emphasized detailed feedback to achieve marked improvement for up to 20 students per class.



Temple University

Master of Journalism


American University

Bachelor of Journalism


AP Style


Spanish: B1 Certified


Honors and Related Experience

  • Best Overall Food Coverage 2019 by the Association of Food Journalists (co-named with Milk Street’s editorial director). Staff nomination as 2018 finalist for James Beard Award for Best Dining and Travel; Finalist for 2018 Publication of the Year by IACP
  • Worked 14 years in restaurants, starting as a cook at 16 and ending up in fine-dining front of house
  • Board member and founding editor of Philadelphia Obituary Project, a nonprofit website dedicated to writing positive stories about the city’s homicide victims. Recruited and manage reporters. Got national coverage with the Associated Press and NPR’s All Things Considered, international coverage from The (London) Independent, and several local stories, including The Philadelphia Inquirer.
  • Proficiency with: WordPress, Airtable, Klaviyo and Mailchimp, Google Analytics, Google Suite, Photoshop and InDesign. Familiarity with HTML and CSS

Media mentions

Los Angeles Times

“The best ways to keep in touch with home while you’re abroad”
—Sept. 3, 2107

Radio Barcelona

Interviewed on air about CNN Travel story on Barcelona beaches
(Listen here in Spanish)
—June 1, 2018

Associated Press

“Obituary project makes homicide victims more than just stats”
—Dec. 24, 2017

NPR (All Things Considered)

“The Philadelphia Obituary Project Chronicles Lives Lost To Violence”
—Feb. 6, 2018

Full resume

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Old-world charm in Europe? Cereal cafes serve Lucky Charms

Bringing home porchetta, a whole-hog tradition from Umbria

Mayonnaise’s unlikely origin in a Mediterranean paradise

Finding truffles, recovery in Italian town struck by earthquake

11 reasons the new Sarajevo exceeds expectations

Stunning glimpse of gritty city, spectacular waterfall in Guyana

Menorca: Where Spain’s Spectacular Beaches Keep a Low-Key Vibe

PHOTOS: Guyana

COVER STORY: The first tango in Buenos Aires

How to Spend Two Days in Barcelona, pre or post cruise

Umbria: Contemplating St. Francis in Italy’s green heart

Searching for the Salted Potatoes of Tenerife

Crowds tentatively return to Las Ramblas after terror attack

River Cruising On The Rhine With History In Mind

La Cumbrecita: A Bavarian outpost in Argentina

Canals, macarons, and Lady Liberty in storybook French village

Cadaqués: Fine Dining and Dalí in a Charming Spanish Village

AUDIO: Olympian Ice Sculptors – American Public Media


Finding medieval and modern in Guimaraes, cradle of Portugal

Essentials of Buenos Aires: Evita, tango and pope’s hometown

Buenos Aires neighborhood Palermo Soho: Shop, eat, drink

Water, fire and stone: Spain’s beguiling island of Menorca

Photos: Valencia, Spain

Lunch cruise on Switzerland’s Lake Lucerne – even in winter

World’s Best German Bars Offer More Than Oompah

Double identity: Strasbourg on the French-German border

Porto: Wine, hills and sunsets in Portugal’s 2nd city

Portuguese Cornbread: Crackling, Sweet & Earthy

Belgrade is dirt cheap and emerging as a chic party spot

Aaah: Sink neck-deep in hot mineral waters at Budapest baths

PHOTOS: Trieste, Italy

Show up, and open up


Chef dishes on plans for Passyunk, elaborates on ‘wine-driven food’

PHOTOS: Virgin Gorda

Silent tribute brings moment of unity to grieving Barcelona

Memorials grow along site of deadly attack in Barcelona



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based in Barcelona

Tel :
+1 (267) 341-7738
+34 627 135 842


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