Top Aviation Journalists

Top Aviation Journalists

Never a dull moment for aviation journalists in the aerospace niche these days. We have handpicked these reporters because of their high flying work in the aviation sector sprawling over the last few years. To that effect, whether it is a report related to geeky developments in the aircraft engine industry or a full-fledged countrywide aerospace documentary, these
journalists have done it all. Not because they travel across far reaches of the world
to visit major air shows, have closeup calls with the world’s aviation manufacturing
plants, journalists’ work is worth mentioning.

The following journalists are nominated for our Top Annual Aviation Journalists award list. Some of them have reportedly covered news related to Embraer’s News Jet Airliner, Blades Aerobatic Team, the British Airshow circuit, and much more.

We selected these reporters through an intrinsic, but flexible process. Each one of the individuals on this list has done something marvelous or awe-inspiring in the aviation journalism sector. That work is more than reporting evening highlights of the local aerospace expo. We are sure that these reporters may have done that at some point, but we are looking at their entire career’s accolades.

However, by going through this list and glazing through everyone’s work, it will inspire that spark in you to pursue aviation journalism as a career – i.e. if you are looking to go that way. Regardless, these high-flying reporters are well worth the mention on our page.

Please note that these Top Aviation Journalists are not in any specific order. Therefore, feel free to scroll through the list thoroughly to ensure that you haven’t missed any person or anyone’s work for that matter.

William Langewiesche

International Correspondent, Vanity Fair


William Langewiesche

William Langewiesche is a journalist, author, and pilot. He is the international correspondent for Vanity Fair and is a writer-at-large for the New York Times Magazine. Prior to that, he served a long tenure with The Atlantic as an acclaimed national correspondent; his early days as a writer for Flying magazine would forecast a career dedicated to aviation.

Scott McCartney

Columnist and Editor, The Wallstreet Journal


Scott McCartney

Scott McCartney is a multi-engine private pilot, the author of four books, and the creator of the weekly Middle Seat column about airlines and travels, and the Middle Seat Terminal blog in The Wall Street Journal. With a remarkable career of 18 plus years – and awards such as the Pulitzer Prize, George Polk, and Deadline Club under his belt – there is no doubt that this Duke University alumnus is an aviation force to be reckoned with.

Valerie Insinna

Air Force & Pentagon Reporter, Breaking Media


Valerie Insinna

Valerie Insinna is the Air Force and Pentagon Reporter for Breaking Media. She previously worked at Defense News, National Defense Magazine, and Defense Daily. She has written about air warfare, aviation, and navy/congressional matters. Ms. Insinna is currently based in St. Louis and her pronouns are she/her.

Tom Costello

Washington Correspondent, NBC News


Tom Costello

Tom Costello is a renowned NBC News correspondent based in Washington, DC. He reports for the “Today Show,” “NBC Nightly News,” MSNBC, and CNBC, and writes about aviation, NASA, regulatory, and consumer-related issues. During his incumbency with NBC, he has worked on many distinguished stories including the crash of a Continental Connection flight in Buffalo and the death of Senator Edward Kennedy. He is the recipient of many awards including and is also the only journalist who has ever won the NATCA National Air Traffic Controllers Association’s Sentinel of Safety Award.

Jason Rabinowitz

Head of Airline Research, ATPCO


Jason Rabinowitz

Jason Rabinowitz is an aviation enthusiast who researches and writes about all aspects of the airline passenger experience as the Head of Airline Research at ATPCO.

Barbara Peterson

Senior Aviation Correspondent, Condé Nast Traveler


Barbara Peterson

Barbara S. Peterson is a senior correspondent for aviation at Conde Nast Traveler and has been on the beat for more than twenty years. She is the author of several published books and the winner of the Lowell Thomas Award for Investigative Reporting and the Gene DuBois Award for Excellence in Travel and Aviation Reporting.

Benjamin Katz

News Reporter, The Wall Street Journal


Benjamin Katz

Barbara S. Peterson is a senior correspondent for aviation at Conde Nast Traveler and has been on the beat for more than twenty years. She is the author of several published books and the winner of the Lowell Thomas Award for Investigative Reporting and the Gene DuBois Award for Excellence in Travel and Aviation Reporting.

Joanna Chung

Bureau Chief, The Wall Street Journal


Joanna Chung

Joanna Chung joined The Wall Street Journal as a New York Law Bureau Chief eleven years ago and is currently the Chicago bureau chief responsible for managing an outstanding team of journalists who report on aviation, aerospace, space business; food companies and agriculture, and much more.

Kyle Arnold

Aviation Reporter, The Dallas Morning Show


Kyle Arnold

Kyle is an aviation reporter at The Dallas Morning News. With more than fifteen years of experience and a multitude of awards, he has covered a variety of sectors ranging from business to finance for well-known newspapers. Mr. Arnold is laser-focused and is always broadening his skill-sets both in and outside the newsroom.

Grant Bradley

Deputy Business Editor, NZ Herald


Grant Bradley

Grant Bradley is an award-winning aviation journalist who covers tourism, business and energy at NZ Herald.

Jay Smith

Editor-In-Chief, Model Aviation Magazine


Jay Smith

Jay Smith is the Editor-in-Chief of Model Aviation and an Executive Editor of Sport Aviator. His primary area of interest is aviation and he occasionally writes for other outlets. Jay has been with the Academy of Model Aeronautics for thirteen years and is also a U.S army veteran.

Conrad Quilty-Harper

Digital Editor, New Scientist


Conrad Quilty-Harper

Conrad Quilty-Harper is the digital editor at New Scientist. His interests are centered around aviation, new technology, and culture. Mr. Conrad is a CIty University alum with a master’s in Investigative Journalism and his previous work experiences include working at The Telegraph, Conde Nast Publications. and LUCHFORD.

Ayisy Yusof

Business Journalist, New Strait Times


Ayisy Yusof

Ayisy Yusof is a business journalist for the New Straits Times – Business Times (Malaysia’s English Newspaper). He mostly covers the aviation sector comprising airlines, airports, (airframe, aircraft, engine manufacturers), aircraft components supplier and manufacturer, aerospace as well as on the overall growth of aviation in Malaysia and Southeast Asia.

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