Writer Paul Martin has been dedicated to his craft for more than forty years. From 1989 to 2009, he was the managing editor and executive editor of National Geographic Traveler, the world’s most widely read travel magazine. His Traveler articles include stories on India (read here), Egypt (read here), Vietnam (read here), Jamaica (read here), Cuba, China, Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks, Colonial Williamsburg, and Devon, England.
As a spokesperson for the magazine, Paul was a frequent guest on television news shows, including CBS This Morning and CNN travel segments. He has lectured on travel writing in Washington, New York, Boston, and Aspen, and he twice served as a judge for the American Society of Magazine Editors’ National Magazine Awards, the industry’s foremost competition.
Prior to joining Traveler, Paul edited or contributed to more than a dozen National Geographic books on history, culture, and science. As an editor with the Society’s children’s magazine, National Geographic World (now called Kids), he wrote two books for younger readers, Science: It’s Changing Your World and the award-winning Messengers to the Brain: Our Fantastic Five Senses. As a freelancer, he has edited books for the United States Capitol Historical Society and other Washington public institutions.
Before joining the National Geographic Society, Paul spent five and half years as the managing editor of Continuing Education for the Family Physician, a monthly medical journal published in Kansas City, Missouri. Prior to that, he was the assistant editor of Outdoors, a monthly boating magazine published by Mercury Marine.
Paul began his career as a U.S. Navy journalist. In 1970-71 he served a tour of duty in Vietnam, writing articles for Navy Times, All Hands magazine, Stars & Stripes, the Saigon Post, and other publications. His return to Vietnam twenty-five years later resulted in an article for National Geographic Traveler and a 1997 travel memoir published by Gates & Bridges, Land of the Ascending Dragon: Rediscovering Vietnam.