Explore New England is a multimedia platform dedicated to helping people of all ages enjoy the outdoors and appreciate nature through a variety of family-friendly, easily accessible activities, including RV touring, fishing, snowmobiling, skiing, hiking, mountain biking, ATV riding, boating, paddling, camping, wildlife viewing and more.

Explore New England also assists state and local tourism offices, economic development groups, chambers of commerce, DMO’s and other groups in developing, producing, editing, and otherwise showcasing New England’s diverse array of natural attractions, outdoor activities, and visitor-focused information through its platform of multimedia products. 

Host/Executive Producer

Massachusetts native Tom Richardson acquired a passion for the outdoors at an early age through family camping, hiking, and fishing adventures. As a youth, he spent hours wandering the backyards of his suburban neighborhood, recording his sightings of birds and other wildlife. After college, Richardson landed a dream job as an editor at Salt Water Sportsman, a national sport fishing magazine, where he worked for 15 years prior to becoming editor of the regional boating magazine Offshore in 2004. In 2009, he started the regional boating-lifestyle website, BoatingLocal.com, which quickly gained a following among New England boaters and fishermen. Three years later, BoatingLocal became New England Boating, a multimedia brand comprising the website, a glossy magazine, and a TV show, all edited and co-hosted by Richardson. In 2016, he helped launch the New England Fishing magazine, website, and TV show, which he also wrote and hosted. During his career, Richardson has won awards for his writing from the Outdoor Writers Association of America, Boating Writers International, and the New England Outdoor Writers Association. He lives in southeastern Massachusetts with his wife, three children, and a menagerie of horses, goats, cats, a dog, and a miniature donkey.

Chief Field Editor

The hills and waterways of western Massachusetts nurtured Dan Mathers’ love of outdoor adventure. His childhood was filled with fun family camping trips, days spent exploring streams and rivers, looking for wildlife in forests, and climbing hills and mountains. He also grew to appreciate the character of the local towns and villages, gaining a sense of place that he continues to carry with him today. After college, Mathers worked as a reporter then editor for several local weekly newspapers near Boston. Later, he served as Associate Editor for the recreational boating magazine Offshore, where he learned about New England’s vibrant coastal culture. He left the magazine in 2003 to raise his young children and work as a freelance writer and editor. His work has appeared in such magazines as Backpacker, Adirondack Life, Cape Cod Life, Cape Cod Magazine and South Shore Living.

Producer/Head of Sales & Marketing

Connor Johnson has spent every summer exploring the wilderness of Maine from the time he was born. During the warmer months he pursues kayaking, fishing, waterskiing, wakeboarding, biking, hiking, and other adventures in the Belgrade Lakes Region, while winters find him on the slopes of the local mountains. Johnson studied marketing at George Mason University, and served as manager for several years at Great Pond Marina in Belgrade. After college, he managed multiple freelance marketing projects before joining the Explore New England team. Johnson currently serves as a producer for the ENE TV and film series, as well as the ENE’s Sales & Marketing Director.



The founder of Northwoods Collective, A.J. Derosa is an award-winning filmmaker and critically acclaimed author. From his groundbreaking film series Project Upland to his Amazon best-selling book, The Urban Deer Complex, Derosa’s ability to build creative and cutting-edge lifestyle brands has earned him national acclaim. More recently, he produced the #HealthyForests film campaign for the non-profit Ruffed Grouse Society and American Woodcock Society that drew historic membership recruitment numbers, which in turn fueled a major conservation initiative. He has traveled the world in search of adventure through a lens, but continually finds himself seduced by his native New England. Derosa lives in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire with his fiancée and their two dogs.