Ana Figueroa is a features writer, editor and columnist based in Los Angeles. A former staff reporter for Newsweek Magazine and freelance reporter for The New York Daily News and People Magazine, she is a Travel Expert for AARP.org whose biweekly travel column appears in both English and Spanish. She is also the Tourism Expert for About.com whose site, tourism.about.com is directed to the international travel trades. Ms. Figueroa also writes, edits and manages special publications on Mexico for Travel Weekly. Formerly the cruise editor and senior editor of TravelAge West, Ms. Figueroa tweets about the cruise industry @dailycruisepost. And she regularly contributes to the country's leading print and online publications. Ms. Figueroa has made appearances on "The Today Show," "The O' Reilly Factor," "Politically Correct with Bill Maher," "On the Record with Greta Van Susteren," " CNN Headline News" and NPR in connection with her reporting. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Arts from Loyola Marymount University and a law degree from Stanford University.