Aileen Torres-Bennett graduated summa cum laude from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C., where she studied political science, anthropology and creative writing. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She earned her M.S. in journalism from Columbia University in New York City. Aileen is the managing editor of Sea Technology, an international ocean business, science and engineering magazine. She is also a freelance writer who has written for Reuters and Travel + Leisure, among many other outlets. Aileen is married to Chuck Bennett, a diplomat and former journalist.