Pet travel expert Kelly E. Carter is the Founder/President of The Jet Set Pets®, a New York Times bestselling author and freelance writer who globe trots with her posh pet Lucy to report on the hautest destinations and travel trends.
Inspired by her petsetting, longhair Chihuahua, Kelly launched The Jet Set Pets, the luxury travel resource for pampered pets on the go, in Spring 2012. The dog fanatic pens the Posh Pets in Tow column for Elite Traveler, a private jet lifestyle magazine, and serves as the pet travel expert for AOL's Paw Nation. Lucy, the world's most lovable pooch, barks about her life as a jet set pet in her Everybody Loves Lucy blog.
Kelly's pawsome lifestyle made her a natural to write National Geographic Books' Dog Lover's Guide to Travel, featuring 75 of the best places in the U.S. and Canada to vacation with a dog. The guide book is scheduled for a May 2014 release.
Tennis phenom Venus Williams turned to Kelly as her co-author for Come to Win: Business Leaders, Artists, Doctors, and Other Visionaries on How Sports Can Help You Top Your Profession, which became a bestseller shortly after its Summer 2010 release.
Kelly's articles have appeared in numerous publications, including People, USA Today, Elite Traveler, where she's a Contributing Editor, Departures, Men's Fitness, Black Enterprise, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Sun-Times and South China Morning Post in Hong Kong as well as on Essence.com, Brides.com, TownandCountryTravelMag.com, CigarAficionado.com and AOL's StyleList.com and Black Voices.com.
The member of the Fourth Estate showed her dedication to her craft from the start when she gave up the warmth of Los Angeles to begin her award-winning sports writing career at the tiny Iowa City Press-Citizen in the dead of winter. She paid her dues every step of the way and climbed journalism's ladder to the Pittsburgh Press, Dallas Morning News then Orange County Register, where she landed her dream job and made history as the first female beat writer assigned to cover the Los Angeles Lakers. From there it was on to USA Today as an NFL and NBA writer before she switched to broadcast and joined CNN-SI as an on-air correspondent.
Her flair for quickly bonding with boldface names allowed her to segue from sports to entertainment/celebrity fashion at People, where she worked her way up to Insider columnist. Soon, USA Today lured her back to dazzle the nation’s readers with her impressive celebrity coverage. She sat down with a multitude of A-list stars for one-on-one interviews and became a fixture at Hollywood award shows, premieres and parties. When she wore out her stilettos on the red carpet in 2003, she fulfilled a fantasy of many and moved to Italy, where she launched her freelance travel writing career and enjoyed la bella vita until 2005. The peripatetic writer briefly settled down in the media capital of New York until wanderlust got the best of her once again.
After returning briefly to her native Los Angeles and reconnecting with her University of Southern California family, she headed north to pet-friendly San Francisco in June 2012, just in time for winter as she likes to joke. In between walking, feeding, brushing and shampooing her four-legged friend, Kelly toils away on her third book, Bellini for One, about her and Lucy's glorious two-year experience living in Florence and Positano. As versatile as she is nomadic, Kelly has covered the Academy Awards, Golden Globes, Grammys, NBA Finals, Super Bowl, Stanley Cup Finals, NCAA Final Four, Wimbledon, tennis' U.S. Open, the Kentucky Derby, a host of college football bowl games, Fashion Week in New York, Milan and Los Angeles, film festivals in Park City (Sundance), Venice, Cannes and Acapulco and the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.
Having met a wide array of people over the years, it was a natural for the enterprising Kelly to launch Kelly Carter Connects, a consulting company that links businesses, charitable organizations and individuals together for the purpose of bringing awareness to a brand or event.
Kelly has been featured in the pages of the New York Times and Ebony, made numerous television appearances and given pet travel seminars at the Travel & Adventure Show, the number one series of travel shows in the U.S.. As a motivational speaker, Kelly enjoys preparing youths for a path of success and encouraging everyone to pursue their passion.
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|* The Jet Set Pets press, March 2012-present|
|* Original Gossip Girl blog debuts, Essence, December 2008|
|* Bravely crossing Fifth Avenue, New York Times, December 24, 2006|
|* Black women sportswriters and the locker room wars, Ebony, February 1991|