She makes everyone around her better. She has the kind of energy that can leave you in the dust. I like to say that having a conversation with Barbara is like listening to five radio stations at the same time.
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 Post, Budget Travel (as senior editor); Entertainment Weekly; the New York Times and New York Daily News; USA Today; Travel + Leisure and T+L Family; Travel + Leisure.com; BBC Travel; Concierge.com; Newsweek; City; Frommers.com; the South Florida Sun-Sentinel; Arena (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.
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