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Jim Brady

Jim Brady

CEO, Sprited Media, USA

Jim Brady is the CEO of Spirited Media, which operates the news platform Billy Penn in Philadelphia, and intends to expand soon into other cities. Before entering the pure startup world, Jim served as Executive Editor of, Editor in Chief of Digital First Media, General Manager of TBD and as head of News and Sports for America Online.

During Jim's tenure at, the site won a national Emmy award for its Hurricane Katrina coverage, a Peabody Award for its “Being a Black Man” series, an Editor & Publisher award for Best Overall Newspaper-Affiliated Web Site, two Digital Edge awards for Best Overall News Site, a Knight-Batten Award for Innovations in Journalism, two Scripps Howard Foundation National Journalism Awards, four Edward R. Murrow Awards for Best Non-Broadcast Affiliated Web Site, and more than 100 White House News Photographers video awards. Jim was also on the original launch team of, serving as sports editor and then assistant managing editor for news from 1995 to 1999.

At Digital First Media, Jim was responsible for the overall strategy and management of the 75 daily newspapers, 292 non-daily publications and 341 online sites owned by Journal Register Company and MediaNews Group. He also built and managed the company’s Thunderdome unit, which was comprised of more than 50 digitally focused journalists charged with providing cutting-edge national content for DFM’s local properties.

During his time at AOL, Jim was in charge of the service’s coverage of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the 2000 presidential election. In addition to his news role at AOL, Jim also served as Executive Director, Editorial Operations and Vice President, Production & Operations.

Jim earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Print Journalism from The American University in 1989. He is a Past President and current board member of the Online News Association, and also serves on the boards of the American Society for News Editors and the National Press Foundation.

Born in New York City and raised in Huntington, N.Y., Brady lives with his wife, Joan, in Great Falls, Va.

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