Heide Brandes

Heide Brandes
Title: Travel Writer
Education: University of Central Oklahoma
Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Expertise: Travel, Oklahoma

Heide Brandes is an award-winning journalist and travel writer with more than 20 years of published work. She covers mostly travel but has also worked as an investigative reporter covering politics, business, criminal justice, the environment, and more. She writes for numerous national and international publications and was the Oklahoma correspondent for Reuters New Service.

In addition to writing and traveling, Heide is a hiking fanatic, a medieval reenactor, a professional award-winning bellydancer, and kind of a quirky gal living in Oklahoma City.


  • President of the Society of Professional Journalists Oklahoma Pro Chapter
  • Member of North American Travel Journalists Association
  • Member of Society of American Travel Writers
  • Winner of two Society of American Travel Writers Lowell Thomas Awards
  • Winner of 8 North American Travel Journalists Association travel writing awards
  • Winner of Solas Award for Travel Writing


Bachelor of Arts in Professional Writing - University of Central Oklahoma

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