Editor in Chief - National Geographic Travel
George W. Stone is editor in chief of National Geographic Travel. He oversees all of National Geographic’s travel content, including serving as the editor of National Geographic Traveler magazine and spearheading National Geographic’s digital and social media travel strategy. National Geographic is a leader in the social media travel category, with around 14 million followers across all platforms.
An avid explorer and passionate storyteller, Stone views travel as a tool for transformation and for connecting with other cultures, principles that help guide his editorial mission statement.
A National Geographic Traveler magazine writer and editor for 18 years, Stone has written and edited articles that have received awards from the North American Travel Journalists Association and the Society of American Travel Writers (Lowell Thomas Award). As an editor for National Geographic Traveler, Stone has developed print and digital feature platforms that have extended the magazine’s reach to new audiences, built and strengthened relationships with industry partners, and advanced the magazine’s mission to empower readers to explore the world with insight and energy.
“Travel is about discovery. It’s a social exchange on a global scale, an exchange that we can all access. My goal is to empower our audiences to embrace travel as a tool for exploration, cultural engagement, creative expression and personal growth,” he says.
Stone is the author of two books published by National Geographic — “From Mist and Stone: The Folklore of the Celts and Vikings,” and “Raging Forces: Life on a Violent Planet,” — and one book from HarperCollins, “Extreme Earth: A Journey Through the World’s Most Dangerously Beautiful Places.”
Originally from Toledo, Ohio, Stone has a B.A. from Kenyon College and an M.A. in cultural and policy management from Goldsmiths, University of London LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore.