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Leilani Marie Labong is a San Francisco-based freelance journalist and longtime magazine industry contributor. Her witty prose, which focuses on food, design, and fashion, can be seen on the pages and websites of Elle Decor, Travel + Leisure, House Beautiful, Sunset, Food52, Food & Wine, Eater SF, The Kitchn, and Architectural Digest. She designs her articles around stories like a Park Avenue apartment inspired by the Vatican, a surfboard shaper who's readying his teenage granddaughter to carry on the surfing traditions of their ancestors, and the Bay Area’s 10 most important buildings. As the senior editor of Sactown, Leilani intrigues a Sacramento-based readership with her travel, lifestyle, and food-centric content.

• 14+ years of experience as a freelance journalist specializing in food, design, and travel
• Senior editor of Sactown magazine
• Received a bachelor's in English and biology at the University of New Mexico
• Received a master's degree in creative writing from the University of San Francisco

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