ecoXplorer editor/writer Evelyn Kanter is an experienced, award-winning professional journalist who has been focusing on the environment and consumer rights since long before it was fashionable.
My multi-media background includes magazine and newspaper writer and photographer, radio and television news producer and on-air reporter, guidebook author and editor, and, most recently, author and editor of mobile apps.
Despite growing up in NYC – or perhaps because of it – I developed an early appreciation for travel, the environment and the outdoors, and write about adventures in the nearly 100 countries I have visited to ski, scuba dive, hike, bike, raft, spa, prowl around ancient and mythical archeological sites, or sit at a sidewalk café.
My articles have appeared in USAToday, NY Times, UAL Hemispheres, Budget Travel, Redbook, AAA Car & Travel, New York Post, and on websites including Orbitz, Fodor’s Yahoo News, AOL Autoblog Green, SmarterTravel.com, FoxNews.com, About.com, RandMcNally.com, and a newspaper column, Green Wheeling, syndicated by Motor Matters. I’ve also been known to pull on a helmet to test drive new models around a racetrack at warp speed.
A product of parents who owned and operated neighborhood retail stores in my hometown NYC, I champion consumer rights and issues. My articles on negotiating the consumer marketplace appear in magazines including Family Circle and Associated Press newspapers.
I’ve written or contributed to more than two dozen travel guidebooks about NYC, the Hudson Valley, the Caribbean, Canada, Germany and skiing. My most recent guidebook, 100 Peaceful Places in NYC, was published in Spring 2010, and a mobile app, NYC on the Cheap. And there’s a NYC on the Cheap website, too.
I’m a member of the Society of American Travel Writers, where I served two terms on the board of the Freelance Council, The Authors Guild, North American Snowsports Journalists Assn., and International Motor Press Assn. I’m a proud graduate of the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism, the top J-School in the USA. Go Tigers!
Before switching to print and the web, I was the consumer reporter for WABC-TV “Eyewitness News” and before that for WCBS-AM “Newsradio 88″ in New York City, investigating and reporting on frauds and dangerous products for the local stations and their parent networks, ABC News and CBS Radio.
All that on-air experience makes me an expert speaker. I share those newsroom and on-camera skills as a media interview coach, leading workshops and training seminars for corporations, industry associations, authors, and celebrities normally found on the gossip pages. We writers know how to interview others, but we need to be coached on how to be on the other side of the desk and be the subject of an interview, especially if the interview is live television. Just ask anybody who has wasted their 15 minutes of fame.
I’m a lifelong New Yorker, and raised two children as a single parent when I was widowed, and I am fiercely proud of the wonderful, accomplished adults they have grown up to be. So, I also was a TravelMom, CarMama, FoodMama and EcoMama before that was fashionable.
Please contact me at [email protected] with suggestions about ecoXplorer including which cars and travel destinations you would like to know more about, and invitations to have me speak to your group or meeting.