Emmy-nominated TV host. Multi-media Expert. Travel Influencer. Entrepreneur.

Darley Newman has built a successful multi-media business and brand from the ground up. She is an expert and engaging speaker on travel, integrated multi-platform media, entrepreneurship, and small business.

As a five time Emmy Award nominated host, writer and producer of the Emmy-winning PBS lifestyle travel TV series Equitrekking, broadcast on PBS since 2007, and Travels with Darley, on PBS since 2016, Darley Newman is a travel influencer and popular TV personality watched by hundreds of millions of fans in the USA and on networks in over 85 nations around the world. She travels the world to experience adventure, nature, culture, history, and cuisine. Her successful style of discovering destinations through the eyes and voices of the locals, along with her unique blend of fascination and respect, has earned her a reputation as an enticing travel-destination tastemaker with a dedicated audience. This authentic travel viewpoint extends into her newer creations. In 2014, Darley launched an original digital series on Scripps Networks Interactive’s ulive, Travel Like the Locals with Darley, and her Travels with Darley series debuted on AOL and MSN as video shorts. In January of 2016, Travels With Darley debuted as a new lifestyle travel TV series on PBS, reaching over 94% of the USA in a matter of months. The series recently completed its 24th half hour and is in production on a fifth season.

Darley’s entrepreneurial expertise comes from creating and growing her dream job. On camera, in addition to her PBS series, Darley has hosted segments for Ralph Lauren TV, Starz! Networks Encore Channel and covered the White House for The Talk Radio News Service.

She has developed several popular travel websites and is the author of the award-winning Equitrekking Travel Adventures on Horseback book published by Chronicle Books. She writes for a variety of media, including TravelChannel.com, Cooking Channel TV, Practical Horseman, CNN, Cowgirl Magazine, True West and Women’s Adventure Magazine. She’s featured in the book, How’d You Score that Gig, a Guide to the Coolest Jobs

Darley has been interviewed for Chicago Tribune, NPR, The Washington Post, USA Today, Martha Stewart Radio, National Geographic and Ralph Lauren magazine and graced the cover of a variety of upscale travel and lifestyle magazines. She has appeared on NBC’s TODAY with Kathie Lee and Hoda and on The Weather Channel with Sam Champion.

Her five Daytime Emmy Award nominations for hosting, writing and producing Equitrekking were alongside media moguls Ellen DeGeneres, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. Darley received the North American Travel Journalist Award two years in a row for Best Travel Broadcast and the Merit Award for Best Travel Book, and was recently honored with the Inspiring Women Award from Women in Philanthropy and Leadership. In 2013, she was honored as Travel Personality of the Year by the Travel Writers Association.

Speaker Topics

Darley Newman presents to both consumer and B-to-B audiences and is adept at tailoring the topic according to organizer and audience needs. She can present as keynote speaker, breakout/ seminar speaker or panelist on topics listed below:

  • Adventure
  • Animals
  • Authors
  • Documentary/ Film / TV Shows
  • Destination Marketing
    specific topics “Make Your destination Shine through New Media” “Go Local! Leveraging Your Locals in Destination Marketing”
  • Environment/ Land Conservation / Green Travels
    specific topics- “Eco-friendly Travel Adventures,” “Land Conservation for Equestrians”
  • Innovation/ Creativity
  • Entertainment
  • Entrepreneurs
    specific topics- “creating your dream job” “achieving your dreams” “passion to profits”
  • Exploration
  • Motivation
  • Media/ Journalism
  • Multi-Platform Media Integration
  • PBS Personality
  • Travel/ Tourism
    specific topics- “travel tips” “adventure tourism” “bucket list travel adventures” “travel like a local” “travel tips for women”


Speaking Engagement Examples

Great Vacations Travel EXPO presented by AAA in Columbus, OH

  • Keynote speaker for consumer travel event with two appearances and autograph signings post event. Darley’s topic included travel destinations that should be on your lifetime bucket list, including hidden gems located near and far and why traveling to see these places with locals is the best way to get an authentic experience. Video from Darley’s global travels showcased with appearances on the Good Day Columbus TV show and social to promote the event.

Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC

  • Special Evening Event at the Smithsonian Institution, including an exclusive sake tasting. Darley shares “Tokyo Revealed” on her recent journey through one of the world’s most dynamic cities, including a special Preview of her half hour episode debuting on PBS fall of 2017 for “Travels with Darley”

Missouri Governor’s Conference on Tourism in Independence, MO

  • Keynote speaker at conference on tourism attended by over 200 travel industry professionals
  • Topic: Heroes & Hidden Gems: Lessons from Locals and How to Stand Out in the New Media World

Arkansas Governor’s Conference on Tourism in Springdale, AR

  • Keynote speaker at conference on tourism attended by over 550
  • Topic: Heroes & Hidden Gems: Lessons from Locals and How to Stand Out in the New Media World

Certified Horsemanship Association International Conference in Lexington, KY

  • Keynote speaker at conference on horsemanship attended by 500
  • Topic: “Equitrekking” series and world travels

American Quarter Horse Association YES Conference in Amarillo, TX

  • Keynote speaker at Youth Excellence Conference for youth ages 10 to 18
  • Topic: Launching your dream career with confidence and developing leadership skills

Women in Philanthropy and Leadership in Myrtle Beach, SC

  • Spoke to 500 women at annual conference
  • Received an award as a SC inspiring woman
  • Topic: Passion to Profits: Starting your Dream Job

Southeastern Trails Intl Conference in Lexington, KY

  • Keynote speaker
  • Topic: Equitrekking & Preserving Trails

Adventures in Travel Expo (2 years)

  • Consumer presentation on Main Stage at major consumer travel fair
  • Topics: Equitrekking and Exploring the World on Horseback

Equine Affaire Conference in MA, CA and Ohio

  • Presenter at conferences attended by thousands of equine enthusiasts
  • Topics: Equitrekking and Exploring the World on Horseback, Travel Tips and the World of Equestrian Cultures

Uruguay, Sociedad Uruguay de Turismo Rural (Sutur)

  • Conference presentation to association members
  • Topic: Developing Rural Tourism

Numerous Keynotes at Sponsor Events

  • Trade and consumer audiences
  • Topics: Customized presentations showcasing travel experiences in sponsor destinations


Darley Newman holds a B.A. in Electronic Media and International Business & Cultures from The George Washington University.

See samples of Darley In the Media and Darley’s Equitrekking in the news.

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