Meet Russ Johnson, Senior Editor for

Written by Joy Ma

Meet Russ Johnson, our senior contributor on the travel beat at and the founder of

Based in Sonoma, California, Russ Johnson’s media career began at age ten as a ham radio operator, followed by his broadcast debut at age 16 with his own jazz radio show. He went on to become an award-winning TV and radio broadcaster and documentary producer in Minneapolis, Sacramento and San Francisco. He’s taught journalism, mass media and television performance at San Francisco State University.

In the mid 1980s, Johnson founded his company Travelmedia and has since walked the streets, cruised the oceans and hiked the mountains and jungles of 58 countries on video, photo, consulting and editorial assignments. He’s worked for such companies as American Express, the government of Nepal, several countries in Southeast Asia, the State of California, the Asian Development Bank and the UN Development Programme.

Russ’ most unusual assignment? Covering a coup d’etat on the islands of Fiji in an hour special on National Public Radio. He has served on the Board of Directors, Sustainable Tourism and Future Technology committees of the Pacific Asia Travel Association, the world’s largest tourism government/private sector tourism organization, and on the travel destination assessment panel of National Geographic.

Johnson was a pioneer in travel on the Internet. He launched one of the first travel websites and some of the first streaming media properties, one even featured Arthur C. Clarke. His, which covers both travel and technology, gets rave reviews from Time, the BBC and other media properties. Lonely Planet has called it “armchair travel at its best.” With his wife, Pat Meier-Johnson, Russ produces the Connected Traveler Technology Showcase at the <emand the Los Angeles Times Travel Shows.

Email Russ at and Follow him @connectedtravlr