The North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA) recently announced that World Footprints won first place in the 2009 annual awards competition in the travel broadcast category. NATJA Awards recognize excellence in travel writing, photojournalism and multimedia platforms. This awards competition, now in its 18th year, honors travel journalists, publications and destination marketing organizations. Winners will be presented with their awards at the annual NATJA conference May 11-14, 2010 in Reno, Nevada.
Hosts Ian and Tonya Fitzpatrick were notified of their award while they were in Vancouver covering the 2010 Olympic Games. "The recognition from NATJA is huge for us and it validates our mission of providing compelling travel journalism," stated Ian Fitzpatrick. "This is indeed an honor." Tonya Fitzpatrick exclaimed, "We feel that we're bringing home a Gold Medal of our own from these Olympic Games!" World Footprints is a syndicated digital show and leading voice in socially responsible travel and lifestyle. Listeners are treated to substantive and entertaining discussions between the Fitzpatricks and notable guests. Past guests have included David Rockefeller, Jr., director Ken Burns, Stefanie Powers and many other newsmakers and celebrities.