Kalin Thomas is an award-winning, multimedia storyteller who gets geeked about cultural hertiage tourism, traditions and preservation. Her passion is telling the stories of African American and BIPOC hertiage sites, museums and cultural centers through her skills in writing, museum programming and tour planning. The former program director for The Wren's Nest helped tell the story of Georgia's oldest house museum and its preservation of African and African American folktales.
As a former producer and correspondent for CNN's weekly travel program, "Travel Now," Kalin helped broaden the program’s appeal to a more diverse TV audience through her series on travel trends among African Americans, LGBTQ+ tourists and travelers with disabilities. Her storytelling for CNN took her to six continents, including Antarctica, which is why she agrees with the Mark Twain quote: "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness."
The “Multimedia Maven” has produced, written and voiced promotional videos and radio spots for corporations and nonprofits, as well as been a speaker or moderator for various conferences and nonprofits. She is a contributing writer for the book, Embracing the Real World: The Black Woman’s Guide to Life After College, and has had her writing and photography published in SoulOfAmerican.com, CuisineNoir.com, ExploreGeorgia.com, Travel & Leisure, Essence, Upscale and Black Meetings and Tourism magazines.
Kalin is a member of the Baltimore Association of Black Journalists and a board member of the Small Museum Association and the Maryland Women’s Heritage Center. She is currently writing a book about her travels, entitled DO YOU KNOW SHE’S BLACK? Musings of CNN’s First Black Travel Reporter.