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.

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.



A.J. DeRosa founded Project Upland Magazine in 2014 as an excuse to go hunting more often (and it worked). A New England native, he grew up hunting and has spent over 30 years in pursuit of big and small game species across three continents. Looking to turn his passion into inspiration for others, AJ was first published in 2004 and went on to write his first book The Urban Deer Complex in 2014. He soon discovered a love for filmmaking, particularly the challenge of capturing ruffed grouse with a camera, which led to the award-winning Project Upland film series. AJ’s love for all things wild has caused him to advocate on the federal and state levels to promote and expand conservation policy, habitat funding, and upland game bird awareness. He currently serves as the Strafford County New Hampshire Fish & Game Commissioner in order to give back to his community and to further the mission of the agency. When those hunting excuses are in play, you can find him wandering behind his Wirehaired Pointing Griffon in the mountains of New England and anywhere else the birds take them.

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