Birthday: September 27
Peter Greenberg, CBS News' Travel Editor, reports regularly on a broad range of travel-related news for “CBS This Morning.”
Greenberg is the host of “Peter Greenberg Worldwide Radio,” a nationally syndicated show on more than 150 stations and Sirius/XM radio. The show is broadcast each week from a different remote location around the world. He also serves as travel editor at large for AARP, contributing editor for Men's Health magazine, and contributor to Parade, ForbesTraveler.com and MSN.com.
Greenberg also co-hosts and produces a series of one-hour television specials called “The Royal Tour,” which features personal, one-on-one journeys through various countries with their heads of state, including Jordan with His Majesty King Abdullah II, New Zealand with Prime Minister Helen Clark, Peru with President Alejandro Toledo, and Jamaica with Prime Minister P.J. Patterson.
Previously, Greenberg was travel correspondent for ABC's “Good Morning America,” (1988-1995), as well as Travel Editor for NBC's “Today” show, CNBC and MSNBC (1995-2009). While there, Greenberg was the creator, co-executive producer and host of CNBC's prime time specials, “Inside American Airlines: a Week in the Life” and “Cruise Inc: Big Money on the High Seas.” His investigative work resulted in “Black Box Mystery: The Crash of the Concorde,” a one-hour NBC Dateline special with Greenberg as principal reporter and host. Greenberg also served as the Travel Channel's chief correspondent from 1998 to 2005.
His book, Tough Times, Great Travels (Rodale, 2009), offers advice and insight on how to travel efficiently during tough economic times. Greenberg's other books include the New York Times best-sellers Don't Go There! The Travel Detective's Essential Guide to the Must-Miss Places of the World (Rodale, 2008), The Complete Travel Detective Bible (Rodale, 2007), The Traveler's Diet: Eating Right and Staying Fit on the Road (Random House, 2006), Flight Crew Confidential (Random House, 2005), and Hotel Secrets from the Travel Detective (Random House, 2004). His travel news website, PeterGreenberg.com, is one of the fastest-growing travel news sites in America.
Greenberg has been recognized with several awards, including a national Emmy Award for best investigative reporting for “What Happened to the Children?,” a report about the last orphan flight out of Vietnam in 1975. Travel Weekly recently named Greenberg one of the most influential people in the travel industry, along with Al Gore, Bill Marriott and Richard Branson.
Greenberg began his career as West Coast correspondent for Newsweek, based both in Los Angeles and San Francisco. He covered major news stories for the magazine, including cover articles on Howard Hughes, Patty Hearst, Gary Gilmore, aviation safety and organized crime. He also covered subjects ranging from Bette Midler to Watergate to the return of American prisoners of war in Vietnam. He also served as Vice President of Television Development for Paramount, where he was instrumental in developing such shows as “MacGyver.” At MGM, he ran the creative team that developed “thirtysomething” for ABC.
Greenberg trains six times each year in state-of-the-art aircraft simulators and remains active as a volunteer fireman in New York. He lives in New York, Los Angeles, Bangkok and most major airports around the world.
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