Brad Cohen

  • Brooklyn, NY
  • bdcohen26@gmail.com

Editor-in-chief: Road Warrior Voices, USA TODAY

Summary

Reliable, fast, accurate writer and editor with proven success in building audiences around culinary and travel content. Skilled manager experienced in directing teams in person and remotely. Thrives in pressure situations, like running a high-volume daily blog and producing video in foreign countries. Known for going off the beaten path to find unique, engaging stories. Designs and creates innovative products for premier media companies.

Work History

Work History
2014 - 2016

Editor-in-chief

USA TODAY
  • Launched autonomous site that became a leading authority on practical travel advice.
  • Created & executed a content plan that drove traffic from 0 to more than 5 million monthly visitors within eight months.
  • Hired and managed a team of more than a dozen staff writers and freelancers who each wrote up to four stories per day.
  • Edited, wrote & produced highly shareable content that would often reach hundreds of thousands of viewers.
  • Oversaw daily operations to ensure deadlines were met, and journalistic integrity and factual accuracy was maintained.
  • Reduced budget more than 20% by creating a more efficient workflow.
  • Achieved a strong, visible social media presence to drive brand awareness, engagement and traffic to Facebook and Twitter pages.
  • Secured thought leaders & influencers in the travel world to help expand the site's reach.
  • Generated concepts with viral potential and assigned stories and columns to writers according to their strengths.
2011 - 2016

Writer, producer, host

BBC
  • Created and wrote Thirsty Explorer—a column examining international drinking cultures—and based on its success, adapted it to become BBC Travel's first web series.
  • Traveled around the world, producing, writing and hosting the Thirsty Explorer video series, which was picked up by BBC's global television network for two seasons.
  •  Wrote feature articles about food, spirits and adventure travel.
  •  Operated Twitter feed as part of #BBCinbrief, a program I helped launch that has propelled @BBC_Travel to 738K followers while building relationships with other brands.
2006 - 2016

Writer, reporter

Freelance
  • Generated story ideas and created unique content for publications including Atlantic, Food Republic, New York Magazine, Grub Street, Edible Brooklyn, Fodor's and AOL.
2011

Writer

Sportsgrid
  • Wrote and produced 4 to 6 stories per day for a fast-paced, irreverent sports blog.
2008 - 2009

Sports editor

Ketchikan Daily News
  • Coordinated the complete production of the sports section, including reporting, designing, editing and scheduling.
  • Authored a weekly sports column for which I received recognition as the runner-up for the Best Sports Columnist in Alaska. 


Education

Education
2003 - 2007

Bachelor's degree in news-editing from CU-Boulder School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Skills

Skills

Web production

Proficient in producing multimedia content in Wordpress, creating infographics through Infogram and doing minor photo editing in Photoshop.

Field production

Experience running video shoots, location scouting, organizing travel logistics and conducting interviews on and off camera.