Rudy Maxa (born 1949 in Cleveland, Ohio) is an American consumer-travel expert. He's the host and executive producer of 85 half-hour travel shows on the world's great destinations that are broadcast on public television in the U.S. with the titles Smart Travels: Europe with Rudy Maxa, Smart Travels: Pacific Rim with Rudy Maxa, and—since 2008—Rudy Maxa's World. His most recent 20 episodes of Rudy Maxa's World are also broadcast overseas on Travel Channel International and have received numerous awards, including two regional Emmy awards.
In addition, Maxa hosts America's most widely syndicated radio travel show, a two-hour weekend show also called Rudy Maxa's World.
Maxa began his career in journalism after graduating from Ohio University (BSJ, '71) as an investigative reporter, magazine writer, and personalities columnist at The Washington Post (1971–83). His reporting on a Capitol Hill sex scandal and the resulting changes in congressional rules was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, and he received the John Hancock Award for Excellence in Business and Financial Journalism for a series of stories on an international Ponzi scheme.
He left the Post to become a senior editor at the city magazine, Washingtonian (1983–92) and also worked as the Washington bureau chief of Spy magazine (1992–94). He is an award-winning contributing editor with National Geographic Traveler magazine and Delta Air Lines' magazine, Sky.
He is the author of two nonfiction books, Dare To Be Great (1976) and Public Trust, Private Lust (1977). He has written articles for GQ, Forbes, USA Today, Modern Maturity, Playboy, Town & Country Travel, Travel & Leisure, and dozens of other newspapers and magazines. He wrote for the ABC-TV dramatic series Capital News and for several years hosted a Saturday-morning radio talk show on political issues for WRC-AM, the NBC-owned and -operated radio station in Washington, D.C.
Maxa's career as a travel journalist started in 1990 when he began contributing bi-weekly travel commentary to the public radio business show Marketplace. He began writing weekly travel columns for msnbc.com, usatoday.com, and abc.com, and his Marketplace commentary led to the creation of a two-hour public radio show, The Savvy Traveler, that Maxa hosted for four years before launching his public television shows.
- Podcast interview with Rudy Maxa for "Every Brat has a Story." Accessed January 27, 2007.
- The Savvy Traveler at savvytraveler.publicradio.org
- Home of SmartTravels.tv at www.travelsmallworld.com
- Rudy Maxa's Savvy Traveler Blog | MaxaBlog.com | Travel Deal & News Blog at www.maxablog.com
- RudyMaxa.com: Rudy's Bio at www.rudymaxa.com