Joan Indiana Rigdon graduated from journalism school at the University of California, Berkeley in 1989 and spent the next year covering education and crime for the Santa Barbara News-Press. From 1990 to 1997, she worked for The Wall Street Journal, where she covered management and technology.

In spring of 1997, she quit her job in the Journal’s San Francisco bureau, bought some panniers, and spent the next two years bicycling around the world with her husband. Her ride took her through much of Southeast Asia; over the Himalayas to Everest Base Camp; through Eastern and Western Europe; and from New York City’s Times Square to Pittsburgh. During that time, she wrote Global Village, a column about technology around the world for The Wall Street Journal Interactive Edition.

Broke and briefly svelte, Rigdon returned to San Francisco in 1999, where she freelanced for technology magazines before joining Red Herring magazine as a senior editor in 2000. The following year, she and her husband Eric moved to suburban Washington D.C. to raise a family.

When she is not planning her next family escape, Rigdon writes a weekly column for ForbesWoman. She also writes for several magazines, including ForbesWoman, Washington Lawyer and CIO Magazine.