NPF Board: Jim Brady

Jim Brady

Executive Committee Member

CEO and Founder, Spirited Media Inc.

Jim Brady is the CEO of Spirited Media, which operates Billy Penn in Philadelphia and The Incline in Pittsburgh. 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. Jim also currently serves as the public editor of ESPN.

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.

Jim earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Print Journalism from The American University in 1989. He is a Past President and former board member of the Online News Association, and serves on the board of the American Press Institute.

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