Rudy Maxa

Rudy Maxa

Travel Expert, National Geographic Traveler Contributing Editor
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  • The Ten Most Common Mistakes Travelers Make
  • What Hotel Guests Hate, What They Love & How To Get Them to Return
  • Confessions of a Travel Junkie

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Rudy Maxa, one of America's premier consumer travel experts, is host and executive producer of “Rudy Maxa’s World,” the 13-episode public television travel series featuring destinations as diverse as India and Argentina. He’s also host and co-executive producer of five earlier seasons of shows--the 65-episode “Smart Travels” series--that highlighted cities and regions in Europe and the Pacific Rim.

Rudy is well known as public radio’s “Savvy Traveler” and an award-winning contributing editor with National Geographic Traveler. As a writer for the magazine, Rudy'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, and 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 as well as industry groups.

After 13 years as a Washington Post investigative reporter and personalities columnist, Mr. 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 Mr. 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 hosted for several years a Saturday-morning talk show on WRC-AM, the NBC owned-and-operated radio station in Washington, DC.

Episodes of Mr. Maxa’s television series have garnered dozens of awards, including four 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 Mr. Maxa the L.J. Hortin “Distinguished Alumnus Award” in 2002.

Mr. Maxa is a graduate of Ohio University. He lives in St. Paul, MN, and is the father of a son and daughter.

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