Brad King — Author + Editor

The short version is that I’m a writer originally from a small town in northern Appalachia. The longer story is:

  • In 1999 — a year into graduate school — I began working for Wired.
  • In 2000, I earned my master’s from the University of California at Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism.
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  • That same year, I accepted a position as a reporter and multimedia editor at
  • In 2003, I co-authored a book called Dungeons & Dreamers: A story of how computer games created a global culture.
  • In 2004, I accepted the position of producer and senior editor for MIT’s Technology Review Web operation.
  • In 2006, I became an assistant professor at Northern Kentucky University where I ran its Media Informatics program.
  • In 2009, I accepted a position at Ball State University, where I was an assistant professor of journalism.
  • In 2014, I launched The Geeky Press, a writing collective in Indiana that grew to more than 400 active members before we shuttered it in last 2018.
  • In 2015, I launched The Downtown Writers Jam Podcast, an hour-long conversation between me and another writer. Curse words + alcohol aren’t required, but they are encouraged.
  • In 2017, I accepted the position of Editor + Director of Carnegie Mellon’s Entertainment Technology Center (ETC) Press, which is one of two university presses at CMU. Before I took this job in 2017, I served as an advisory board member and an editor for ten years.


I’ve been a professional writer since 1995. Throughout my career, I’ve written hundreds of feature stories and hard news pieces for daily and weekly newspapers, daily news websites, and national magazines.

  • Wired
  • Business 2.0
  • The Hollywood Reporter
  • Daily Variety
  • Yahoo!
  • MIT’s Technology Review
  • The Oakland Tribune
  • The Austin Chronicle
  • Cincinnati Magazine


  • PEN America (2017 – )
  • The Association of Writers & Writing Programs (2016 – )
  • South by Southwest Interactive Programming Board (2002 – )
    • SXSW Start Up Accelerator Host and Judge 2009-2015

Previous Advisory Board Work

  • F+W’s StoryWorld Conference
  • Carmel Arts Council
  • Indiana Writers Center

Other Writing Things

In 2013, I raised $11,000 on Kickstarter to write So Far Appalachia: A Story of Family, a Forgotten People, and Rural America, a memoir of my family’s life in Appalachia. It will be out…eventually.

I founded The Geeky Press, a writers collective. I’ve edited, or worked as an editor, on the publishing projects we’ve run: Bad Jobs & Bullshit: It’s Unlikely We Will Be Missed (2016), Dear America: Reflections about Race (2017), and HoosierLit Vol. 1 + 2 (2017) literary magazine.

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If you're interested in keeping up with my writing projects, I’ll overlook your bad judgement on that and instead say thank you. A writer's life blood is readers. Without you, I'm just a crazy guy sitting in his office furiously screaming on the page for no reason. So sign up for my mailing list, and download Frankenstein’s Legacy, my latest work published by CMU’s ETC Press.
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