mike1-1200I am the Content Director and Editor-in-Chief of Aol Travel and MapQuest, where I’m leading the company’s move beyond maps and directions. My team and I are helping transform and grow one of the Internet’s pioneering brands with content and storytelling across mobile, tablet, desktop and maps for more than 40 million monthly unique visitors.

Previously I worked on the travel team at USAToday.com and in the USA Today Travel Media Group, where I launched and managed destination coverage, including for more than 70 cities for The Point.

I’m also the co-founder of WorldHum.com, a culture and travel magazine. My co-founder and I bootstrapped and co-edited the digital publication, leading it through an acquisition by the Travel Channel. The site won multiple awards under our leadership, including a Gold Lowell Thomas Award for best internet travel site, and it was a Webby Award Honoree alongside NPR, the BBC and Vanity Fair for best writing. Dozens of stories from World Hum have appeared in the Best American Travel Writing Anthology. See my full resume at LinkedIn.

I started my career as a sportswriter for the Santa Monica Outlook and still write for the site I lead and elsewhere. I have won a Bronze Lowell Thomas Award in the personal comment category, and I’m currently working on a novel. I live near Washington, D.C. with my wife and our two boys.