Kathy McCabe is the host and executive producer of the PBS travel series Dream of Italy. Season one is currently airing on PBS stations/Create TV around the U.S. and has enjoyed 93% U.S. TV Household coverage. Season two will premiere in January 2018. The series is inspired by the award-winning subscription travel newsletter/magazine and membership website, Dream of Italy, that McCabe founded in 2002. McCabe was profiled in The New York Times in June 2015.
In season two, McCabe visits with Hollywood director Francis Ford Coppola in his ancestral region of Basilicata. She also explores her own ancestry returning to the town, Castelvetere sul Calore, that her great-grandfather left more than 125 years ago. The other four episodes cover Venice, Florence, Bologna and Abruzzo.
McCabe has published more than 150 editions of the award-winning subscription newsletter/magazine 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, The Philadelphia Travel Show and the National Italian American Foundation.
As a travel writer, McCabe has contributed travel articles to numerous 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. 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. She grew up in New Jersey, lives in Denver and visits Italy frequently.
Dream of Italy: PBS - Season 1 (2015)
Season one of Dream of Italy premiered in 2015 and will air and repeat through 2019 on PBS/Create TV.
Dream of Italy: PBS - Season 2 (2017)
Season one two of Dream of Italy will premiere in January 2018 on PBS/Create TV.