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Dave Seminara

Dave Seminara is a journalist and former diplomat based in Chicago.  He has written on topics as varied as a 643-shot tennis rally, a missing person case in Costa Rica, competitive eating, polygamy in Utah, the monks of Patmos, team logo coffins and the truly insane Barkley Marathons.

Dave was born in Buffalo and grew up listening to shortwave radio and rooting for doomed sports teams. His grandfather, Leonardo Riforgiato, operated a newsstand in downtown Buffalo from 1914-1955 and Dave inherited his love of newspapers. (Read about how Leo's house later become a crack house here.)

After receiving a bachelor’s degree from Villanova University, he served as a diplomat at American embassies in Macedonia, Trinidad and Hungary, and in the Bureau of Central African Affairs, before returning to the U.S. to become a journalist.  

Dave’s work has appeared in The New York Times, BBC, Outside,, Boston Globe, Boston Globe Magazine, Chicago Magazine, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Gadling, The Oklahoman, Indianapolis Monthly, Tennis, Buffalo Spree, Draft Magazine, The Morning News and many other websites and publications.

Seminara is passionate about photography and has photo credits in publications such as National Geographic Traveler, The New York Times, Outside, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Tennis, and The Fairfax Times, amongst others. In 2003, Dave won a Maine Workshops photography course in Oaxaca, Mexico after placing 2nd in National Geographic Traveler magazine’s annual photo contest.

Dave is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers and is always looking for an excuse to hit the road. He lives in Bend, Oregon with his wife, Jen, and their sons, Leo, 6, and James, 4. 




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