Kathy McCabe is the host and executive producer of the new travel series Dream of Italy, showing on PBS stations around the U.S. starting May 2015 and repeating for two years. The television series is inspired by the award-winning subscription travel newsletter and website, Dream of Italy, that McCabe founded in 2002. McCabe is widely quoted in the international media on Italian travel topics.
In the new travel series Dream of Italy, McCabe travels to six diverse areas of Italy – Tuscany, Rome, Umbria, Naples/Amalfi Coast, Piedmont/Lake Iseo and Puglia – in six episodes. She meets colorful locals — chefs, artisans, historians — who are deeply connected to their land, carrying on and preserving the traditions of their ancestors. McCabe also enjoys uniquely Italian experiences – learning to make mosaics in Rome, joining a wild boar hunt in Tuscany and dancing the pizzica in Puglia. The series is presented by WTTW in Chicago, distributed around the U.S. by American Public Television and underwritten by Viator, Ama Waterways and Perillo Tours.
McCabe has published nearly 125 editions of the award-winning subscription newsletter Dream of Italy, helping thousands of people enjoy more authentic and rewarding vacations in Italy. Dream of Italy has been recommended for its savvy travel advice by National Geographic Traveler, USA TODAY, U.S. News and World Report, BusinessWeek and numerous other media outlets.
McCabe has spoken about travel to Italy at the Smithsonian Museum, The New York Times Travel Show and The Philadelphia Travel Show.
As a travel writer, McCabe has contributed travel articles to numerous other publications including Cruise Critic, Saveur, USA TODAY, Global Traveler, The Huffington Post, Budget Travel, Fodor’s Travel Publications, The Travel Channel Online, AOL Travel, The Baltimore Sun and The Boston Herald.
McCabe began her career in journalism at ABC News where she was part of an Emmy-Award winning investigative team linking money and politics during the 1996 presidential election. She holds a M.A. in non-fiction writing from Johns Hopkins University and a B.S.F.S. in European Studies from Georgetown University. McCabe is a graduate of the Stanford University Publishing Program for Mid-Career Professionals.
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