World Footprints radio receives Top Award
The North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA) recently announced that World Footprints won first place in the 2009 annual awards competition in the travel broadcast category. NATJA Awards recognize excellence in travel writing, photojournalism and multimedia platforms. This awards competition, now in its 18th year, honors travel journalists, publications and destination marketing organizations. Winners will be presented with their awards at the annual NATJA conference May 11-14, 2010 in Reno, Nevada.
Hosts Ian and Tonya Fitzpatrick were notified of their award while they were in Vancouver covering the 2010 Olympic Games. “The recognition from NATJA is huge for us and it validates our mission of providing compelling travel journalism,” stated Ian Fitzpatrick. “This is indeed an honor.” Tonya Fitzpatrick exclaimed, “We feel that we’re bringing home a Gold Medal of our own from these Olympic Games!” World Footprints is a syndicated digital show and leading voice in socially responsible travel and lifestyle. Listeners are treated to substantive and entertaining discussions between the Fitzpatricks and notable guests. Past guests have included David Rockefeller, Jr., director Ken Burns, Stefanie Powers and many other newsmakers and celebrities.
Tonya Fitzpatrick, Esq. is co-Founder of World Footprints, a social impact travel storytelling content hub she runs with her husband, Ian, that has been recognized as Best Social Impact Travel Media Company by CEO Monthly. She is an award-winning travel and business journalist, global public speaker, and 3-time TEDx speaker. Tonya regularly shares her insights on career transitions, DEIA in travel and the transformative power of travel to audiences all over the world. Recognized as Black Travel Journalists of the Year—an honor she shares with Ian, Tonya contributes her time and leadership to several boards and commissions in the travel community including SATW, The Explorers Club (DC), North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA) and JourneyWoman. Tonya recently was been appointed to the Maryland Tourism Development Board by Gov. Wes Moore.