Tanya Mohn

Freelance journalist

New York, New York

Tanya Mohn

I write about travel, culture, business, and road safety for The New York Times and Forbes, covering everything from the rise of digital nomads to growing concerns about the number one killer of healthy Americans abroad -- motor vehicle crashes.



The Traffic Trade-Off

This article is part of a special report on Climate Solutions. As we now know, the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown has been a silver lining for another global crisis: climate change. Sharp decreases in traffic and better air quality have been reported around the world, and hundreds of jurisdictions from Berlin to Bogotá are reallocating space to make it easier for walkers and cyclists with permanent and emergency solutions, like “pop-up” bike routes.
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Live Video Chats With Vets And Eyewitnesses Commemorate End Of World War II

Dozens and dozens of memorials, commemorations and other events scheduled throughout Europe to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, which occurred this week in 1945, have been cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. A new initiative, however, offers the public an opportunity to “connect, reflect and remember” a little differently.
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Flattening Traffic Crash Curve During Shelter-In-Place Saves California $40 Million Every Day

The Covid-19 pandemic stay-at-home order has resulted in a surprising and unexpected benefit in California: an unparalleled cut in traffic and crashes that resulted in serious injury and death. Those numbers were down by half during the first three weeks of the state mandated directive, which went into effect March 20.
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Advanced Driver Assistance Systems Get Better, But Drivers Are Still Needed

Crashes may be less frequent as the technology improves in collision avoidance systems, but the impact of partially automated driving remains murky. When advanced front crash prevention systems were combined with adaptive cruise control, there were large reductions in the frequency of property damage liability and bodily injury liability claims.
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Speeding And Other Reckless Driving Spike During Pandemic

As stay-at-home orders are observed across the country due to the coronavirus pandemic, fewer people are getting behind the wheel. But less traffic and emptier streets may be encouraging some drivers to disregard speed limits and other traffic safety laws. In Colorado, Indiana, Nebraska and Utah, for example, police recently clocked highway speeds of over 100 mph.
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Simple, Low-Cost Changes Make Intersections Safer For Walkers

Safety features like bollards and rubber curbs installed on the center line of roads at intersections can dramatically reduce close calls between people on foot and left-turning vehicles, which pose considerable risk to walkers. These inexpensive, low-tech road design improvements make crosswalks safer by protecting people traversing the street onto which the driver is turning.
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New Global Children’s Book To Help Kids Cope With Covid-19 Is Released

A new story book created to help children and young people around the world understand and come to terms with Covid-19 was released on Thursday. “My Hero Is You: How Kids Can Fight COVID-19!”. was developed to explain to children, primarily those aged 6 to 11 years old, how they can protect themselves, their families and friends from coronavirus and “manage difficult emotions when confronted with a new and rapidly changing reality.”.
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Road Innovation From Sweden Saves Lives Around The Globe

A simple road design has dramatically reduced head-on crashes in Sweden and many other countries. The “Swedish 2+1 with wire rope median,” a type of safety fence, separates opposing vehicles by incorporating two lanes of traffic in one direction and one lane in the opposite direction using a median safety barrier.
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When It Comes To Distracted Driving, State Laws Are Not Created Equal

News of Covid-19 is sweeping the nation, but other serious threats to safety remain. Distracted driving, for example, claimed the lives of 2,841 people in the United States in 2018. Among those killed: 1,730 drivers, 605 passengers, 400 pedestrians and 77 bicyclists, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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Driving Safely In The Time Of Coronavirus And Why It Matters

Being careful behind the wheel is always paramount, but during the current global public health crisis, road safety experts say it’s more essential than ever. Buckling-up, observing speed limits, putting down the cell phone and not driving while under the influence are among the behaviors that can help save the lives of drivers and their passengers and reduce the impact of Covid-19.
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From Helmets To Face Masks: One Social Entrepreneur’s Plan To Fight Coronavirus And Save Jobs

Greig Craft, an American social entrepreneur based in Vietnam, is turning part of his helmet factory into an assembly line to make face masks and possibly gowns and ventilators. “We’re still basically in lockdown. People aren't going to work or going out.,” said Craft, founder and president of the Asia Injury Prevention Foundation (AIP Foundation), a nonprofit that produces about 800,000 to 1,000,000 motorcycle and bicycle helmets a year.
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New Push To Fight Biggest Global Killer Of Kids

As news of coronavirus (COVID-19) sweeps the planet, a recently published analysis draws attention to another global public health issue: dangerous roads. Roughly 1.35 million people die on the world’s roads each year, and another 20 to 50 million are seriously injured, according to the World Health Organization.
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Tanya Mohn

I am a regular contributor to The New York Times and Forbes, writing breaking news and feature stories on business, travel, and road safety.

At The Times, my byline has appeared on hundreds of articles, some featured on the homepage and on the frontpage of The International New York Times (previously the International Herald Tribune). In both publications, a number of stories were among the day’s most emailed.

My work has appeared in many Times sections: Business, Sunday Review, Job Market, Workplace, Metro, Education Life, Travel, Automobiles, Giving, Continuing Education, Retirement, Museums, Fine Arts & Exhibitions, as well as on the reported blogs Wheels and In Transit. Story topics have included business travel, job trends, small business, personal spending, social issues, road safety, travel, and the arts, and I was the lead contributor to the weekly calendar in the travel section of The Times for nearly one year.

For Forbes, I write and produce a reported blog that focuses on transportation,road safety and consumer travel issues. I've also written for NBC News,, BBC, Yahoo, MSN, AOL’s DailyFinance, and the magazines Afar and Scientific American Explorations.

Prior to my print career, I worked as a segment producer and writer in television news and documentary film for PBS, HBO, CNBC, and several independent film companies, and as a full-time member of the production staff at the ABC News magazine 20/20 for seven years.

Specialties: business and leisure travel, road safety, culture and the arts, and anything that can be considered human interest.