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Zach Everson
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Literally, a Baltimore dumpster fire
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Take balloon ride, write about ballon ride (for Visit The USA)
Travelers worldwide flock to the United States to explore its dramatic landscapes. Add a hot air balloon to the scenery and the view gets even better!
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beautiful hot air balloon!
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Book your Derby weekend 2017 Louisville, Kentucky rental house today at Derby Home Rental #kyderby #kentucky   #louisville   #derby  
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An Insider’s Guide to the Kentucky Derby (me = insider, for Visit the USA) #kyderby
Known as the “fastest two minutes in sports,” the Kentucky Derby is one of the most exciting and prestigious sporting events in the United States — if not the world.
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Pin your favorite Louisville, Kentucky, Derby-weekend 2016 rental houses. Follow Derby Home Rental on Pinterest! #kyderby   #kentucky   #derby   #louisville  
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Get in early! Advertise your Louisville, Kentucky home to rent for #kyderby 2017! #Louisville   #kentucky   #derby  
How can I advertise my home to rent for Derby weekend via this site? The homeowners provide a description of their home (including the cost)
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A curated guide to getting the most from Louisville’s main antiques districts (by me, for Chicago Magazine) #louisville  
Louisville has done the seemingly impossible: reinvented eclectic neighborhoods while keeping chains largely at bay.
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Took until the last line, but worked a Caravaggio reference into this Indy 500 piece #indy500
The most-attended, single-day sporting event in the world takes place in Indianapolis, Indiana. It’s the Indianapolis 500, and it attracts 250,000 fans to the racetrack to watch 33 cars whip around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
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Derby Home Rental is on About.me. Follow us for Louisville, Kentucky, Derby-weekend 2016 houses to rent. #kyderby #kentucky   #louisville   #derby  
View Derby Home Rental on about.me, your personal page with a purpose. Derby Home Rental uses about.me to show people what matters most to them.
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Good news for Louisville, Kentucky homeowners! Please encourage your councilperson to support Metro Council President Yates's proposed ordinance. #kyderby   #louisville   #derby   #kentucky  
Metro Council President David Yates' ordinance would spare short-term rental hosts from having to register with the city
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11 days until Derby 2016. Rent one of these Louisville, Kentucky houses and cross #kyderby off your bucket list. #louisville   #kentucky   #derby  
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Occupation
Freelance writer focusing on travel, food, and A&E
Skills
Writing, travel writing, editing, photography, social media, eating, looking good
Employment
  • Freelance
    Writer. Editor. Consultant., 2004 - present
    I'm a freelance writer, focusing on travel, food, and A&E. I've contributed to Condé Nast Traveler, Lonely Planet, Fox News, The Wall Street Journal, Air Canada's enRoute, Gawker Media's Gridskipper and Deadspin, USA Today, BlackBook, and Curbed. Accepted into the Society of American Travel Writers in 2012. Clips at zacheverson.com/writing.
  • MapQuest
    Senior editor, 2013 - 2015
    Launched editorial content on MapQuest (45 million monthly users), establishing a new voice and vision. Write/assign, edit, produce, and promote original content, features, and curated accounts of trending stories, focusing on areas where pop culture overlaps with travel (previously did likewise for Aol Travel and Gadling): beats include travel guides to locations from movies and TV shows, celebrity interviews, 50-state roundups, TV and sporting recaps from a travel angle, animal travel, power rankings, and insight on visiting troubled destinations. Produce, direct, write, shoot, host, and edit videos (my “Disney Cruise Line’s Very Merrytime Cruises” was viewed more than 160,000 times in its first week). Interpret data and metrics, using findings to inform content. Develop and execute strategy for MapQuest’s Facebook and Twitter accounts, increasing engagement on both. Promote content via social media, article subjects and their publicists, other Aol brands, and agreements with other media outlets. Work with in-house team and manage 30 freelancers. Collaborated with designers and developers on new article templates and hub pages.
  • Eater.com
    Louisville editor, 2012 - 2013
    Wrote 20 posts a week (more than 900 total) for the city’s go-to source of dining and nightlife news. Drew 100,000 page views and 42,000 unique visits in just its second full month; visits and page views increased for seven consecutive months. Attracted readers by original reporting that was at the forefront of the news cycle, interpreting traffic metrics to inform content, monitoring online trends to develop local angles on national stories, and following search engine optimization best practices. Published articles, maps, videos, slideshows, and curated content. Managed the site’s Facebook Fan Page and Twitter accounts, growing both from inception to more than 1,4000 fans and 1,800 followers. Compiled a weekly newsletter that reaches 2,000 subscribers. Assigned and coordinated freelancers, managed a budget. Oversaw an intern. Promoted the site by recapping its top stories weekly on 89.3 WFPL (public radio) and monthly in Louisville Magazine. Won Society of Professional Journalists Louisville chapter’s award for best independent blog of 2012.
  • Louisville.com
    Director of content and editorial strategy, 2010 - 2013
    Created and implemented the editorial strategy for this hyperlocal, community-driven, entertainment news website that provides original digital content about a metropolitan area with 741,096 people. Compared to 2009, visits increased 131 percent in 2012 (665,000 to 1.54 million). By the time I left, it ranked first in the market among both independent and locally owned websites, eighth out of all media websites. Won Society of Professional Journalists Louisville chapter’s award for best website of 2012.
  • BlackBook
    Louisville city guide editor, 2011 - 2013
    BlackBook’s City Guide iPhone and Android apps and website identify the hippest restaurants, bars, clubs, shops, and hotels. The guide contains the latest venue details and breaks the cities down by theme, style, and interest. As city editor for Louisville, I reviewed 100 area bars, restaurants, hotels, and shops, highlighting the best ones as editor’s picks to be featured on the apps and website. Download the free app at the iTunes store or view the listings at BlackBook’s website.
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Washington, DC
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Louisville, KY - Reading, MA - Alexandria, VA - Rockville, MD - Falls Church, VA - Charlotte, NC - Winston-Salem, NC - Pittsburgh, PA - Melrose, MA - Washington, DC
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Freelance writer: Condé Nast Traveler, Lonely Planet, Fox News, WSJ, enRoute, Eater, USA Today, Curbed, Gridskipper. Aol Travel/MapQuest alum. Boston born. Kentucky Colonel.
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Be obscure clearly.
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According to a Chinese journalist, "Everson is Zazhao beer in the side face of happiness." http://ow.ly/28aFIH
Education
  • Wake Forest University
    English, 1994 - 1998
    Bachelor of Arts in English, journalism minor, cum laude
  • Reading Memorial High School
    1990 - 1994
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Slappa, Sox
Everything we ate—and it was a lot—was fantastic: pimento fundido, KY country ham and sausage board (pro tip: put the sausage, mustard, and pickles together), fried green tomato, dirty fried chicken, crispy catfish, collards and kim chi, watermelon and fried peanuts (a refreshing last bite), and holy crap the chocolate bourbon pecan pie and hummingbird cake. And that was for a table of two. We will be back soon to finish the menu (in particular, the Taste of the South menu is calling). Drink-wise, the bourbon list was deep and smart. The old fashioned was spot on as a cocktail. And the Rebel Yell small batch rye (didn't even know such a drink exists) was great with dinner. The restaurant is beautifully designed with a bit of a horse theme (love the eye-catching sculpture) that connects to the culinary director, Edward Lee's Louisville home. The decor goes deeper into the South too, with the large cast iron on the walls to the small hot sauce bottles on the table evoking Louisiana. Service was great—our waiter was really knowledgeable and steered us in the right direction. Based on our experience though, I don't think there are any wrong directions at Succotash.
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Public - 8 months ago
reviewed 8 months ago
We've taken our 5 and 3-year-old daughters here twice and love the results. Karla's great with our kids and gives them perfect haircuts, even giving them heart-shaped braids after their last cut. (The other stylists seem great too, based on hearing their interaction with other parents and kids.) Highly recommend Kidville and Karla!
Public - 8 months ago
reviewed 8 months ago
My daughter, who has celiac disease and needs a gluten-free pizza, calls it "the best pizza in the world." The regular-crust pie is great too--big fan of the hamburger topping. We usually get it delivered (always fast, never a problem), but the staff is so gracious we like to eat in as well.
Public - 11 months ago
reviewed 11 months ago
Avoid if you have a gluten allergy or Celiac: while gluten-free noodles are available, they cook them in the same water as regular noodles if you don't specify you're gluten-free for medical reasons.
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
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The service air bag light in my 2014 GMC Acadia went on. I called up Fitzgerald's service department. The rep said bring it in as early as possible on Tuesday morning, although they may not be able to look at it until Wednesday. I busted my butt to drop it off Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday at around 3 p.m., I get an update: they haven't looked at it yet, but hope to on Wednesday. Wednesday I hear nothing. Thursday morning I call and speak to John in service. They still haven't looked at the car yet, but hope to today, he says. Not guaranteed though. I ask why, if they couldn't look at my car until Thursday or Friday, did they have me bring it in on Tuesday. John says because that's how they operate. I ask why couldn't they just allowed me to keep my car until they did have a spot open? He said that's not how their system is set up. Fitzgerald needs a new system. ***** Update: About an hour after I posted this review, John called back. My Acadia actually was being worked on when we'd chatted earlier, and it was ready to pick up. As expected, all the work was covered by the warranty. A manager also called me to apologize and offer an explanation (they were short staffed). And he said that if I decided to go there again, ask for a loaner and they'd provide one. And after I picked up my car the next day, the manager called again to make sure I was ok with the work they did. I was. He also asked me to revise my online reviews. I just did that, raising it from one star to three. Rationale: Great service after I complained and posted negative reviews, but it shouldn't have come to that.
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Public - 9 months ago
reviewed 9 months ago
I reserved a small car online, but when we showed up, all they had for the amount we'd already paid online was a gas-guzzling Impala. Disinterested employee said if I wanted an Accord, which was one of the cars shown as available at our price point online, we'd have to pay more. That disinterested employee admitted she wasn’t honoring our resevation beacause she thought she could get more for the car from another customer.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago