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Zach Everson
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Greetings from a hot air balloon over Albuquerque! This ride was in doubt as it was a bit too windy this morning. Thankfully when they sent up a second test balloon (literally, the type of ballon you'd buy for a kid's party) the wind had died down. The hour-long ride was incredibly smooth. Our pilot, Troy Bradley, has crossed both the Atlantic and Pacific in hot air balloons and holds numerous world records.
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Great time to rent—or advertise—a Louisville, Kentucky-area home for Derby 2016. #kyderby
 
Miss Derby 2015? Rent this stunning Louisville, Kentucky home and make 2016 the year. #Kyderby   #Louisville   #Kentucky   #Derby  
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Kentucky Derby 2013 from the roof of Churchill Downs—the most recent time I covered the race (but definitely not my last). It rained throughout the day, but the weather improved just in time for Derby itself (though it wasn't quite as clear as this filtered photo suggests 😉). #kyderby
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What 100 Million Web Searches Reveal About Summer Travel (my latest for +Condé Nast Traveler) 
Where to find the best airfares, the best hotel deals, and the best weather.
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I’m not religious, but one of my favorite activities when traveling is to attend a local church service. While I couldn’t understand the language, masses at Paris’s Notre Dame and Rome’s Basilica of Santa Maria del Popolo (home to two Caravaggios!) were highlights of my visits to those cities. In 2005, my wife and I attended Evensong at London’s Westminster Abbey (pictured above). Being able to sit in that historic spot and gaze around, listening to ceremonies that date back hundreds of years connected me with Westminster in a way that previous tours did not. Also kind of cool: knowing that the bones of some of England’s greatest writers were just a few feet away. 

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Another Derby fan just saved by renting a Louisville, Kentucky home advertised on louisvillederbyhomerental.com #kyderby  
Find Louisville, Kentucky, Derby-weekend rentals near Churchill Downs: homes, houses, and apartments. KY homeowners, learn how do I rent my house out for Derby.
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Moonrise over Albuquerque last night. Having spent almost all my life on the East Coast, the expansive views much of the rest of the country offer always impress. It's not just that you can see the next weather system but you also can see the one after that too. Sunrises and sunsets are particularly stunning. #pictureABQ
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Through the leaves, a panda at the U.S. National Zoo eats his lunch. 
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#tbt to Kentucky Derby 2010. It was the second Derby I covered, but the first year I was smart enough to watch the Run for the Roses from the roof of Churchill Downs. It's an unparalleled view, two stories about Millionaires Row. I returned to this perch for every subsequent Derby and Breeders' Cup I covered. As for the mint julep, I prefer my bourbon with just a splash of water. But if there's a time and a place for a mint julep, watching the ponies warm up before the race is it. #kyderby
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One of my favorite things to do when traveling is just wander around (if it's late and you've had a few drinks, the official term is "going on a walkabout"). London, obviously, is a great city for it: stroll, sit in a pub, stroll, sit in a pub ... Trafalgar Square and Nelson's Column is a spot I planned to visit, but randomly wandered into it first when I was in London in 2005. It does seem strange to commission a statute though and then put it on a column so tall, you can't really see the details from the ground. (Or maybe it's just that Brits couldn't be trusted with it, so The Nanny State had to put it out of reach.)
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+Busbud: The App that Hopes to Make Bus Travel Less Bumpy (my latest for +Condé Nast Traveler)
It's often not the first choice for travelers, but sometimes the bus is the best way to get where you're going. A new app aims to be the Kayak of coaches.
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One of our repeat advertisers talks about her success renting out her home for Derby weekend with WDRB's Sarah Phinney. 
Dozens of sites are offering visitors homes of every shape, size and style imaginable.
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Freelance writer focusing on travel, food, and A&E
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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, 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, 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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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.
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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.
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