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I'm Diana Helmuth (pronounced "hell - myth")

I am a nonfiction author, freelance writer, Silicon Valley startup veteran, podcast producer and cupcake baker. I'm a pretty bad gardener, but I try to do that, too.


My writing usually (but not always) centers on travel, humor, the outdoors, and millennial and Californian cultural trends. In 2021, I released How to Suffer Outside: A Beginner's Guide to Hiking and Backpacking at Mountaineers Press, along with 50 Places to Practice Yoga Before You Die with Chris Santella at Abrams Books. My work was also featured in The End of the Golden Gate, an anthology of essays at Chronicle Prism. My upcoming projects involve witchcraft, and traveling the globe with your dog. I've been a voice on KQED, and a featured guest on the podcasts Wild Ideas Worth Living with Shelby Stanger, On Riting, and Head on Fire.

Like most writers, writing is not all I do. In the San Francisco Bay Area, I have helped numerous startups with operational growth, customer success, and thoughtful creation of first products. You can see my full business experience here.

I also produced The Storm Podcast headed by Joanna Robinson (The Ringer), Neil Miller (One Perfect Shot) and Dave Gonzales (Thrillist), and saw it exceed 4 million downloads. I am currently a producer at Da7e and Neil's Pop Culture Adventure, a podcast that seeks to improve film literacy in the modern era.

I studied Cultural Anthropology at UC Berkeley and the American University in Cairo under multiple scholarships.

I have an obsession with empathy. You may have seen me dance.

I am on LinkedInTwitter, and Instagram, but I look better on TikTok.