An Orlando, FL native filled with charm, a sense of humor, style, and a passion for writing, Dana Damato is a talented journalist covering all things entertainment, fashion, food, travel, and lifestyle.
Born and raised in the sunshine state, Dana first realized her dreams of becoming a writer at age ten and wrote her first book at the age of 12. With a growing passion for writing, Dana knew from then on that being a writer is what she needed to do as a career. Dana attended the University of Central Florida where she graduated with a degree in English-Creative Writing and went on to pursue a Master of Communications. During her four years at UCF, Dana became very involved with a luxury lifestyle magazine reaching over 30,000 Central Florida homes, businesses, offices, and resorts. Throughout college, Dana began publishing articles on her diverse interests in fashion, entertainment, and travel. It wasn’t long after her start that she found her niche in entertainment writing as she began interviewing Hollywood celebrities, famous athletes, comedians, designers, and local professionals. Finding her passion in entertainment and travel, Dana has had the opportunity to interview celebrities and designers such as Steve Madden, Brooke Shields, Giuliana Rancic, George Kotsiopoulos, Anthony Anderson, Jim Breuer, and several others. When Dana isn’t interviewing a celebrity, you can find her covering events such as fashion shows, charity galas, food and wine festivals, art shows, and many more.
Coming from a big Italian family, Dana’s been around cooking and cuisine her entire life. Instead of taking over the family restaurant businesses, she used her knack for taste and starting reviewing restaurants such as Taverna Opa, Dragonfly Sushi, Red O Restaurant, and Crave. Soon after getting a good amount of restaurant reviews under her belt and becoming more ambitious with her sense of discovery, Dana used her passion for travel as another way to develop her writing. Going away on her first press to trip to the Sandpearl Resort in Clearwater Beach, she found that she could combine all her passions in travel writing by reviewing food, exploring new locations, and experiencing the entertainment and attractions in that area. Since then, Dana has traveled to Miami to cover Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, Los Angeles to cover movie premiers, and has worked with clients such as Idea Orlando, IC Places, In-Flight Media and many more.
Still a young writer, Dana’s ability to share the world in words is a journey she is just beginning and plans to continue for the rest of her life. Her future plans involve traveling to the greatest cities in the world, covering the most popular events, eating the best food, drinking the finest wine, and delivering those experiences to people across the country.