Julia Cosgrove is the Vice President and Editor in Chief of AFAR, the critically-acclaimed travel media brand that inspires, guides, and enables travelers to have deeper, richer, and more fulfilling experiences.
Under Julia’s leadership, AFAR is the only brand to win a Lowell Thomas Award every year since launch—Best Travel Magazine, Best Website, and Best Foreign Travel Article—and the only brand to be a National Magazine Award finalist for General Excellence across both print and digital. Julia helped launch AFAR in San Francisco in 2009 with AFAR magazine and Learning AFAR, a nonprofit foundation that has funded trips abroad and in the U.S. for more than 900 underserved high-school students. Today, AFAR.com is a thriving digital media platform that helps travelers through every stage of the research and planning process. AFAR also hosts AFAR Experiences—one-of-a-kind consumer events—throughout the world. Prior to launching AFAR, Julia was a writer and editor at media companies big and small, including Time Out, BusinessWeek, and ReadyMade.
A graduate of Barnard College, Julia has taught magazine writing and design at Stanford University.