Kevin Brady is a reporter for the Brandon Patch. He is an award-winning journalist and editor with more than 25 years experience in online, broadcast and print media.
His first article, an analysis of the peace process in his native Ireland, appeared in a New York daily at age 17. Since then, he has gone on to report for and edit for media outlets in Ireland, England and the U.S.
His work has appeared in The Guardian, Manchester Evening News, Irish Newsas well as BBC radio and television. For several years he worked as the North American reporter for the Irish News, a Belfast daily paper as well as a frequent contributor to BBC radio.
In the U.S., Kevin has written for and edited newspapers in New York and Florida, working as the managing editor for the Boca Raton News for several years overseeing the paper's fledgling web site. He also help found several of his own papers in South Florida, including one focused on education.
After moving to Tampa, Kevin worked for Media General. He has edited several community papers there, at one point overseeing four community weeklies: The Northwest News, Town 'n Country News, Carrollwood News and West Tampa Shopper. He has also worked as an editor for papers in Brandon, South Shore and Plant City. He later went on to help with the drive to help build and grow web sites for those papers.
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- I am registered non-party affiliation. A reporter's job is to present the information to the reader and let them decide. If I had strong political beliefs I would be politics not journalism. I have one political view when it comes to stories: There are usually two sides to every debate, if not more, and all deserve to be heard from equally and fairly.
- How religious would you say you are? Casual, observant, devout, non-religious? I was raised Christian but respect and admire people of many faiths.
Local Hot Button Issues
- What do you think are the most important issues facing the community?Homes that can't sell and disengagement with local politics.
- Where do you stand on each of these issues? I would certainly like to see the community prosper and help the public feel closer to their leaders. To that end, I feel it's important to present problem-solving stories where possible — perhaps there is someone out there who is having success selling homes, we can let readers know. The media can also act as a voice for citizens who may not have the time or energy to question local government. That's where I think we can help.