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    Rita Cook is a writer/editor who specializes in writing on a variety of subjects, primarily travel, which takes her around the world looking for stories. She also regularly writes about auto, cuisine/wine and entertainment. With over 3000 articles to her credit in the past 20 years and 10 books, Cook has been the Editor-in-Chief of The Insider Mag since she began her career in Chicago working with well-known Sun Times Columnist Irv Kupcinet. She has written for the Dallas Morning News and had a column with the paper for several years as well as writing for hundreds of national and regional publications including Triple A, Four Seasons, Porthole, Focus Daily News, Valley Scene Magazine, Traveler’s Way, Dallas Child, Pegasus News and Julib.com, to name a few. For years she had a weekly auto column called “Behind the Wheel” with the Washington Times Communities and Huffington Post and can be seen on ECP-TV regularly co-hosting a television news show. Prior to moving to Dallas, Cook lived in Los Angeles where she was a well-known entertainment journalist interviewing hundreds of celebrities and filmmakers as well as producing a number of low-budget films. She was an associate producer on the horror/action feature film Route 666 with Trimark Pictures and on Naomi’s Web. She produced the feature-length film, Marty & Virginia for Cicero Productions and has served as a production manager on the television pilot, Norm Crosby’s Celebrity Golf Challenge, Two American Idiots and The Biz with CRC Entertainment. She also worked on Duva Film’s “Lost Soul” and “Creature From the Green Mist” receiving producer credits on both and starring in that company’s travel features “I’m Standing Here.” She also lived in New York, Paris and traveled in India for many months studying her great love of the goddess Kali and embracing Hinduism and Transcendental Zen Meditation. She holds a B.A. in Communication from Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois.