Pulitzer Prize 2015
Our very own “Pulitzer” prize is presented to Rick Stedman for his dedication to Traveler Publications. Traveler Publications has been promoting the Best of Mexico in its annual glossy presentations and distributing them all over the world for the past 16 years.
Rick has served as Senior Travel editor for Traveler Publications for the past 8 years. An award-winning writer, Rick has been a travel writer for 15 years, Rick has written extensively about Mexico over the last decade to include business profiles and golf course reviews. His golf features and travel articles about Mexico have also appeared in MexicoTraveler®, Alaska Airlines inflight magazine and Visit Los Cabos. An avid golfer, Rick keeps a constant pulse on the golf scene in the Baja Peninsula. He’s also teed it up in several countries including numerous venues in Mexico, Canada, Germany, New Zealand, Israel, and most recently, Iceland. “In addition to Hawaii, Mexico offers some of the most stunning courses on the planet,” says Rick. “I tell my friends that I’ve played some of my worst golf on some of the best courses in the world; many of those in Mexico.”
A graduate of Washington State University in Pullman, Wash., Rick’s alma mater features the best golf course in the Pacific 12 Conference: Palouse Ridge Golf Club. Shortly after graduation – less than 12 hours in fact – Rick was on a plane headed to Africa where he served a stint in the Peace Corps, teaching English in the Central African Republic.
A consummate fan of Hemingway, Steinbeck, and Mark Twain, Rick joined the Army and traveled extensively throughout Europe while stationed in Germany for more than two years. “I thought the wanderlust would subside after two years of non-stop traveling, but that experience only fueled the fire,” he reflects.
A few of his favorite travel adventures include running on the Great Wall of China; golfing the northernmost U.S. golf course in Fairbanks, Alaska on the summer solstice; and while in Jerusalem, standing in awe before the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the site of Jesus’ crucifixion, burial, and Resurrection.
“We applaud Ricks’ outstanding contributions in support to Mexico’s tourism and to Traveler Publications. It is with sincere appreciation that we thank Rick Stedman for his years of friendship and service in promoting the Best of Mexico – to the world,” concluded Mayté.