Keith J. Kelly has been writing the Media Ink column for the NY Post since July 1998. He consistently breaks stories on the inner workings of the major companies in the magazine, book, and newspaper publishing businesses. Kelly was once termed "New York's most influential media columnist" by New York magazine.
He jumped to the Post from the Daily News, where he had been hired by Pete Hamill in March 1997 as that paper's first media columnist in Hamill's short reign as editor-in-chief.
Prior to that Kelly was a senior editor at Advertising Age, Crain Communications from 1993 to 1997. He was the launch editor of Folio: First Day and an editor-at-large of Folio magazine. Earlier, he was the editorial director of Magazine Week and a senior vice president in its parent company, Lighthouse Communications.
He freelanced from Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1980 where he is credited as breaking the story of the IRA's pending hunger strike, and served as a New York correspondent for the now defunct Dublin daily, The Irish Press. He worked at McGraw-Hill Publications on a variety of trade publications in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
Kelly started his career as a general assignment reporter on the Smithtown News on Long Island in 1977.
The Brooklyn-born Kelly also worked as a bartender, a paint salesman for Sears, a laborer for a masonry contractor and a security guard.
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