I’m a big fan of the outdoors. My background is as a writer and investigator, field producer, and producer of narrative non-fiction, and investigative documentary films . My new venture is Oak Grove Films. I was the General Manager and helped start the pioneering travel site, VirtualTourist.com. When we were acquired by TripAdvisor in 2008, I was a General Manager there. I spent a lot of my childhood shuttling between Kansas City, the Italian Alps, and Sardinia. Before VT, I created TravelAddict at DEN.net which was one of the internet’s first user-generated travel communities. I was a magna cum laude comparative literature graduate of Brown University where I was captain of the soccer team, a sport which has served as a guaranteed conversation ice breaker in taxi cabs and restaurants around the world.
For a while, I used to appear on NBC’s top-rated Today show as a travel expert. Kathy Lee and Hoda are my girls. I also really enjoyed Tori Spelling – believe it or not. I occasionally do other broadcast TV and radio programs and have been in various print and Internet articles including Forbes.com, the Boston Herald, Corriere della Sera, The Guardian, and Canada’s National Post, among others. I think one of my favorite travel memories is winning the 2008 CEAT Indian AutoRickshaw Challenge from Chennai to Kanyakumari, an event dubbed “A Race for the Clinically Insane,” in which we (I with Konstantin Othmer and Meghan Harken) competed against 27 other teams from around the world.
*And for those wondering, my name is pronounced something like Jom-pea-air-oh.