Russ Johnson has worked as a photographer, writer, film and video producer, broadcaster and voice over talent for companies and organizations large and small.
His media career began at age 16 when he hosted his first solo radio program, a weekly jazz show on Minneapolis radio station. While in college, he became News Director of University of Minnesota Radio then moved to CBS’s WCCO-TV, McClatchy Broadcasting in Sacramento and KRON-TV in San Francisco. He left broadcasting to go to graduate school and teach journalism at San Francisco State University while hosting on the air at KABL Radio in San Francisco.
Johnson founded Travelmedia in 1984. It has taken him to 59 countries on film, video, photography and writing assignments for national tourism offices, cruise lines, airlines, major credit card companies, trade organizations and universities. He has worked on sustainable tourism projects for the UN and the Asian Development Bank, producing videos, books and web media for the countries of the Mekong Region and Nepal.
His editorial work includes an award winning TV series on California prisons, a one-hour documentary on the coup d’etat in the islands of Fiji for American Public Radio, a series of short documentaries on the homeless and supportive housing sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and a documentary on the future of travel with author and futurist Arthur C. Clarke. He served for many years on the Board of Directors of the Pacific Asia Travel Association.
Russ is Editor and Publisher of the pioneering web travel magazine, connectedtraveler.com, which Lonely Planet has called “Armchair travel at its best.” His audio features are heard on public radio stations across the US. His interactive course ” Travel and Tourism: Opening Doors for Your Future” is being used in universities around the world. Russ has been a featured speaker at international conference on the subjects of sustainable tourism and travel technology and moderator of travel technology sessions at the New York Times Travel Show, where he and his wife Pat produced the Connected Traveler Technology Showcase.