Brad King — Writer, Editor, & Content Designer

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.
  • 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.
  • I 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 associate professor of journalism and was the co-founder + co-director of the university’s Center for Emerging Media Design + Development.
  • 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 nine years.
  • That same year, I edited my first ETC Press book, Frankenstein’s Legacy: Four Conversations about Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, and the Modern World.


  • 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. I finished the book in 2017. (It’ll be out soon-ish!)

I run 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.