John (“Jack”) Brady is an experienced editor author and magazine consultant. He was editor-in-chief of Writer’s Digest and Boston magazine, and founding editor of The Artist’s Magazine and M: The Magazine for Montessori Families.
He served as deputy editorial director at Warner Bros. Records, and as associate editor for the 13-30 Corporation publishing group (later called Whittle Communications).
Since 1984 Brady has been a partner in Brady & Paul Communications, a magazineworks and publishing consultancy with offices in New York City, Fort Lauderdale and Newburyport, Mass.
With magazine designer Greg Paul, he has overseen the redesign and repositioning of hundreds of publications and assisted with the launch of numerous new magazines.
Brady is the author of five books, including The Craft of Interviewing (Random House), widely used in journalism programs; Craft of the Screenwriter (Simon and Schuster), used in screen writing classes; and the investigative biography Bad Boy: The life and politics of Lee Atwater (Addison Wesley).
His byline has appeared in Folio, New York magazine, American Film, The Sunday New York Times, The Boston Globe Magazine, Esquire, Playboy, Currents, and numerous other publications. His most recent book is the Interviewer’s Handbook: A Guerilla Guide for Reporters and Writers (The Writers Books), published in May 2004.
Brady is currently visiting professional at the Scripps School of Journalism, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, where he has taught magazine editing and writing since 2003. He has also taught at Boston University, Indiana State University, Tufts University, Emerson College, and in 1996 he was Hearst Visiting Professor at the University of Missouri Journalism School.
He writes a monthly column on magazine editing for Folio:, the magazine for magazine management. For the past 25 years he has led magazine editing workshops at annual and regional Folio: conferences. Since 1976 over thirty-five thousand publishing professionals have attended his presentations.