Rudy is host and executive producer of 91 television episodes on the world’s great destinations that air on public television stations nationwide. His television episodes also air in 121 countries in 22 different languages on Travel Channel International and CreateTV. You may order the DVD and Blu-ray series here.
Rudy is also a fascinating and informative speaker on the subject of travel today and speaks extensively around the world.
Well known as public radio’s “Savvy Traveler” and as the voice of National Geographic Traveler’s “Walks of a Lifetime” podcasts, Rudy also hosts America’s most widely-syndicated travel radio show, also called “Rudy Maxa’s World,” which airs weekly on 250+ mostly news/talk stations in North America and via its own 24-hour TuneIn.com channel. “Rudy Maxa’s World” has won two Lowell Thomas Gold Awards for Excellence in Audio Travel Broadcast from the Society of American Travel Writers Foundation. Recognized as the most prestigious in travel journalism, the awards are named for Lowell Thomas, acclaimed broadcast journalist, prolific author and world explorer during five decades in journalism. Thomas is best known as the man who made Lawrence of Arabia famous.
As a writer for Traveler, Rudy’s articles have earned him two Lowell Thomas Bronze Awards for Excellence in Travel Writing from the Society of American Travel Writers Foundation. Rudy is also an award-winning contributing editor with National Geographic Traveler magazine, a contributing editor to Delta’s SKY magazine and Artful Living, the Twin Cities’ lifestyle magazine. 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.”
After 13 years as a Washington Post investigative reporter and personalities columnist, Rudy worked nine years as a senior writer with the city magazine, Washingtonian, before becoming Washington bureau chief of SPY magazine for two years.
Rudy’s political scandal reportage 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 Rudy the L.J. Hortin “Distinguished Alumnus Award” in 2002.
Rudy lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, and is the father of a grown son and daughter, and is a doting grandfather.