Jason Cochran

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Jason Cochran is an award-winning travel journalist, pop historian, and consumer reporter. He was the first person in a quarter century to win Guidebook of the Year twice in the Lowell Thomas Awards by the Society of American Travel Writers. The Editor-in-Chief of Frommers.com, he has written extensively for the New York PostBudget Travel (as senior editor); Entertainment Weekly; the New York Times and New York Daily NewsUSA TodayTravel + Leisure and T+L Family; Travel + Leisure.com; BBC Travel; Concierge.com; NewsweekCity; Frommers.com; the South Florida Sun-SentinelArena (U.K.); Who (Australia); Scanorama and Seasons (Sweden). He was Executive Editor at AOL Travel and filed popular AOL video segments as Editor-at-Large for WalletPop.com. He was a featured columnist for Kurt Andersen’s pioneer Web magazine Inside.com and Microsoft’s milestone Sidewalk.com and he devised questions for the first American prime-time season of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (ABC). He originated, produced, and hosted AfterShark, the post-show for Mark Burnett’s Shark Tank (ABC) and has been seen as a regular contributor in consumer and travel issues to CBS This Morning and The Early Show and on his weekly consumer reporting segment on Fox Philly. As a commentator, he has been on outlets including BBC World, CNN, CNN Headline News, Fox News, the CBC, Good Morning America, CNNfn, Australia.com, WOR, Outdoor Life Network, MSNBC.com, and national radio shows including those of Arthur Frommer and Doug Stephan.

He writes the Frommer’s guides to London and Orlando. He was also awarded Guide Book of the Year by the North American Travel Journalists Association for his book on London, and his other guides include San Francisco. His writing has been awarded the Golden Pen by the Croatian government and was selected to appear in a permanent exhibit in the National Museum of Australia in Canberra.  He is an alumnus of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and New York University’s Graduate Music Theatre Writing Program.



Jason Cochran

Jason Cochran

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  1. Wayne Cabot says:

    Hope you’re seeing this in time — saw your name on the AP report on the blizzard. Can you come on the air with us on WCBS Newsradio 880?

  2. Marilyn Soutner says:

    I am wondering if you could help me. Do you have a contact # for Ann B. Davis.
    I am working on the Archives of the Ephrata Performing Arts Center in Ephrata, PA.
    This was formerly known as the Playhouse in The Park, Eplhrata Star Playhouse, Legion Star Playhouse. There are multitudes of pictures of performers at the theatre but unfortunatley, detailed records were not kept until 1986. I have some beautiful action shots of Ann B. Davis performing at the theatre but I cannot match it with the play/musical. I was wondering if she would remember. Any help or direction would be deeply appreciated.

  3. Bill Sharpe says:

    Marilyn, I just happened upon your request regarding Anne B. Davis. i was an apprentice at the Legion Star Playhouse when Anne appeared in “The Matchmaker” in1957 or 1958, the two seasons I was there. I played the part of “The Crying Waiter” in the restaurant.scene. I heard that Anne went to live in a “religious community” and left acting soon after “The Brady Bunch”, But I do not know the details.
    I do know the history of the theatre during those years and married an Ephrata girl who was a college student and volunteer usher at the playhouse.

  4. Bill Sharpe says:

    Marilyn, should you still be interested in the history of the Legion Star Playhouse in Ephrata, PA, i would be glad to assist you with the 1957 and 1958 seasons. I do have playbills for all of the shows those two summers and can identify the actors.

  5. DIANE foti says:

    I came to florida in 1992 specifically to produce the “rosewood” script with my writer friend from Louisiana. i believe before we sent our script to Hollywood, there weren’t any information on Rosewood. We met with cedar key newspaper reporter. She said she was finally able to reveal what happened because her parents died ans most of the bodies were buried on her parents land. When I visited a Rosewood in 1992 there wasn’t a plaque. There was only high overgrowth with a huge hig lone sign that sair only “Rosewood”. Nothing yet so much to tell. The numbers killed are conservative nimbers. Very few escaped by the train that helped them escape and the help of the general store owner still standing. According to the cedar key news reporter, people in cedar key still had belts made out of the blacks that were killed and body parts in jars. When Rosewood got media attention I’m sure they went missing. There is no limitation on murder and there were still people living from rosewood and surrounding communities. Our script was stolen and Hollywood made the movie…

  6. david a. essex says:

    what do i have to do to become a member? iam interested in your program thank you david essex

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