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John R. Kennedy
(1968 - living) Canada

John Kennedy

Editor, photographer

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John has been a professional journalist, editor and photographer since 1986. He has also worked as a marketing, communications and talent management specialist and is the owner of Cheeky Monkey Productions.

John's interest in publishing began in 1985 when, as a senior student at Colonel By Secondary School in Ottawa, he was co-editor of Chatterbox, a student newspaper. Immediately after high school, in 1986, he was hired as a reporter at The Orleans Star, a bi-weekly community newspaper. As the paper grew into the most-read weekly in the national capital region, John rose to the position of Editor. Under his leadership, The Star's readership and revenues flourished and the paper was nominated for several Ontario Community Newspaper Association and Canadian Community Newspaper Association awards.

In 1989, John was appointed Associate Editor of Metro, a monthly in Ottawa, and before long was promoted to Editor. Two years later, John decided to pursue other business opportunities but continued to develop his skills as a writer.

John relocated to Toronto in 1994 and quickly found work as a contributor to Xtra, and others. In 1997, he took a one-year contract to work as Communications Officer for CATIE, a national charitable organization. John was also later actively involved in promotions and marketing for fab, creating campaigns and initiatives that dramatically increased the magazine's profile in the market.

In 1998 John was appointed Editor and Associate Publisher of fab. During the next four years he led a team that transformed the magazine into a viable, credible and popular publication that won a number of awards. John, personally, was also honoured with several community-based awards for his work. He left after completing 99 issues, making him fab's longest-serving editor.

John was then named Managing Editor of Famous and Famous Kids, two nationally distributed in-theatre magazines. He also contributed to the French-language Famous Quebec and wrote trivia for movie screens across the country.

A remarkable career only got better in 2003 when John became the first ever Canadian Bureau Chief for American Media Inc. (AMI), the company behind the supermarket tabloids and many popular fitness magazines. In 2004 and 2005, John was the Canadian Bureau Chief for Splash News & Pictures Agency. He also shot video footage that was featured on Access Hollywood.

In Toronto, John's work has been published in The Globe and Mail and was frequently featured in the Toronto Sun and NOW.

For nearly two years (2005 to 2007), John was the Entertainment Producer at CanWest MediaWorks, one of Canada's largest media companies, where he was responsible for entertainment coverage on most of the company's online properties. His work also appeared frequently in the print editions of CanWest newspapers.

John's photographs have appeared in The Toronto Star, Marketing, OUT, Playback and Strategy.

In October 2008, John completed a nine-month contract as Associate Editor of HELLO! Canada, the top-selling Canadian magazine on newsstands. He continues to contribute to HELLO! Canada on a freelance basis. In the same year, he was commissioned by EMI Music Canada to write the official biography for recording artist Kreesha Turner.

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Website: http://jrkennedy.ca/index.html

He also maintains the blog: http://popgoesthenews.com.

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