Worked at the Cherokee Phoenix for 21 years before resigning to move to Europe. He began as a staff writer, a position that allowed him to win numerous writing awards from the Native American Journalists Association, including the Richard LaCourse Award for best investigative story in 2003. He was promoted to assistant editor in 2006, switching his focus from writing to story development, editing, design and other duties.
He is a member of NAJA, as well as the Society of Professional Journalists, Investigative Reporters and Editors and Society for News Design.
Travis earned his journalism degree with a print emphasis in 1999 from Oklahoma City University. While at OCU, he served as editor, assistant editor and sports reporter for the school’s newspaper.
He is married to Lisa Snell. The couple has two children, Sadie and Swimmer.