Rudy Maxa, one of America’s premier consumer travel experts, is host and executive producer of “Rudy Maxa’s World,” the Emmy Award winning, public television travel series featuring destinations as diverse as Korea and Argentina, and from South Africa, Tuscany, and Thailand.
Maxa is host and executive producer of 91 television episodes on the world’s great destinations that air on PBS stations nationwide. His television episodes also air in 121 countries in 22 different languages on Travel Channel International.
Maxa is a fascinating and informative speaker on the subject of travel today and speaks extensively around the world.
He is well known as public radio’s “Savvy Traveler” and an award-winning contributing editor with National Geographic Traveler magazine. He is a contributing editor to Delta’s SKY magazine and Artful Living, the Twin Cities’ lifestyle magazine. The voice of National Geographic Traveler’s “Walks of a Lifetime” podcasts, he also hosts America’s most widely-syndicated, weekend travel radio show, also called “Rudy Maxa’s World,” which airs on 170+ mostly news/talk stations and XM Radio channel 243 in North America.
As a writer for Traveler, Maxa’s articles have earned him two Lowell Thomas Bronze Awards for Excellence in Travel Writing from the Society of American Travel Writers. He has contributed travel articles to GQ, Worth, Forbes, Modern Maturity, USA Today, the Washington Post, Town & Country Travel, the Los Angeles Times, as well as USAToday.com, MSNBC.com and ABC.com. He’s a frequent guest on national television networks and shows, including CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, and “The View.” And he speaks frequently to both public and industry groups.
After 13 years as a Washington Post investigative reporter and personalities columnist, Maxa worked nine years as a senior writer with the city magazine, Washingtonian, before becoming Washington bureau chief of SPY magazine for two years.
Political scandal reportage by Maxa was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize by the Post, and he has written two non-fiction books. He wrote for the ABC-TV dramatic series “Capitol News” and for several years hosted a Saturday-morning, public affairs talk show on WRC-AM, the NBC owned-and-operated radio station in Washington, DC.
Episodes of the Rudy Maxa’s World television series have garnered dozens of awards, including five regional Emmy Awards. He was named “best regular columnist” by the Florida Magazine Association for his writings in Ocean Drive. And as a Post reporter, he won the John Hancock Award for Excellence in Business and Financial Journalism for a series of stories unmasking an international Ponzi scheme. His alma mater, Ohio University, gave Maxa the L.J. Hortin “Distinguished Alumnus Award” in 2002.
Maxa is a graduate of Ohio University. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, and is the father of a grown son and daughter.