Our experienced staff of editors and designers work diligently to produce a magazine that is timely, compelling, useful, and visually engaging. We set the bar high, and believe that American Way is the best airline magazine in the business. Because of the sheer volume of stories we publish every two weeks, we recruit freelance writers to provide much of the material you read in these pages, and have cultivated a global network of experts who specialize in travel, lifestyle, and business subjects. We’re in constant pursuit of the latest news you can use, and with those writers we develop ideas that we think you’d be interested in reading.

But no one knows the magazine, its mission, or its readers better than the staffers themselves. So it makes sense that our editors write stories of their own occasionally. This issue boasts a number of staff-written stories. Our Travel feature, "Remains Of The Day," was written by senior editor Tracy Staton. Tracy and her family explored Mayan ruins in Mexico and Central America, now more accessible than ever thanks to new roads and efforts to boast tourism to those remote regions.

In our Lifestyle section, associate editor James Mayfield wrote "Heavy Hitters," a sports feature that I’m confident will be a reader favorite. This baseball roundup was research intensive, but one perfectly suited to James’ know-how. James also handles our sports interview in the Lifestyle Trends section (this issue he talks to basketball coach Bob Knight about his new book), as well as our music reviews.

Other editors’ bylines appear regularly as well. Also in Lifestyle Trends, senior editor Richelle Thomson writes our book reviews every issue and managing editor Amy Robinson reviews the latest movies. Assistant editor Anna Fialho reviews new DVDs out this month, and tells you where to buy that golf fashion classic, the Panama hat. And associate editor Janet Thomas pens “Photo Finish,” our back-page sign off, as well as a write-up on a New Mexico lodge in Travel Trends.

Of course, written or not, every staffer makes his or her mark on this award-winning magazine, which is why it’s such a good read, issue after issue. Let us know what you think.