Bradley (AKA BJ) is a NYC-based journalist and editorial consultant with 15+ years at Newsweek and Us Weekly, CNN and MSNBC, and in digital media, plus recent consulting experience spanning communications, development, programming, talent relations, advocacy, and events. A supremely organized project manager with a track record for motivating staffs, he has earned a reputation among executives, mentees, audiences and readers as someone who brings original ideas and well-designed systems to every enterprise and remains in-tune with public needs and wants.
He began his career at Newsweek, where he wrote and edited hundreds of Newsweek.com features spanning news, business, politics, lifestyle, advertising, and showbiz as well as regularly penned the magazine’s frothy “Newsmakers” page. As the Senior Film Editor at Us Weekly under Editor in Chief Janice Min, he helped steer the editorial direction of one of the most widely read publications in the marketplace. Working with PR directors across the entertainment world, he conceived and edited features and items, represented the brand regularly on TV and in print, covered film festivals, penned movie reviews, and interviewed hundreds of actors, directors, reality stars along the way. A dynamic host, he has moderated numerous panels with talent and executives and provided TV commentary hundreds of times on CNN, MSNBC, Today, GMA, ET and Extra. Transitioning to communications strategy work in 2015, he leveraged his media experience to help raise the visibility and amplify the digital impact of Family Equality Council, the leading non-profit advocating for LGBTQ parents like himself. In 2017, he worked with NewFest, New York’s premier LGBT Film and Media Arts Organization, in a newly created position as Development Manager.
Recent pieces: For Father’s Day 2019, he penned a Shondaland.com essay on coming to terms with our 7-year-old son Lucas’s passion for sports — despite his total lack of interest in athletics — and the unexpected friendships he’s made with other dads along the way. Timed to Mother’s Day, he wrote a tongue-in-cheek Logo piece on Joan Crawford’s Top Parenting Tips.
Last year he completed a short screenplay called THE BUNGALOW, which focuses on brilliant, bisexual REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE director Nicholas Ray.
In 2018, he hosted this TED-style event during his Oct. 2018 reunion weekend at Northwestern University in which accomplished alumni shared first-person stories about a “Moment of Decision” that shaped their lives.
Born in Vancouver, B.C., and raised in Santa Monica, Calif., the Northwestern grad and his partner, Jack, live in downtown NYC with Lucas and another VIP: their four-legged firstborn, Dexter.
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TV appearances: https://www.youtube.com/user/BradleyJacobsNYC/videos