JoshBeardABOUT JOSH KRUGER

Described as “an effeminate man-child” and “a radical homosexual activist” by critics, Josh Kruger is an award-winning commentator and writer in Philadelphia.

Some of Josh’s work includes his candid, personal experiences with homelessness, HIV/AIDS, and drug addiction. In 2014, the Society of Professional Journalists called his work “mesmerizing. Not just an unusual point of view, but excellent writing, too.”

Currently, Josh is a contributing columnist for Philadelphia Weekly, that city’s largest alternative weekly newspaper. His column, The Uncomfortable Whole, appears regularly in print and typically confronts social problems, like drugs, or cultural stigmas, like homophobia.  

JoshCurlsHe writes daily for PW’s Philly Now blog, often focusing on activism, queer rights, mass transit, Philadelphia, politics, and society.  In addition to his work at Philadelphia Weekly, Josh contributes to Philadelphia Magazine and Philadelphia public media station WHYY’s Newsworks. His work has appeared in national publications including The Advocate and HIV Plus Magazine, and he is a regular contributor to online HIV/AIDS resource center The Body.

In 2014, the Society of Professional Journalists recognized him with its Spotlight Award for Best Non-Daily Commentary in the state of Pennsylvania. That same year, Josh was humbled to also receive the Association of Alternative Newsmedia’s Second Place Award for Newspaper Commentary in the United States and Canada. He is a member of the Philly-based Pen & Pencil Club, America’s oldest press club.

His Myers-Briggs personality type indicator is ENTJ, and he enjoys speaking Internet on Twitter (@jawshkruger) too much. On mere principle, and no matter what the AP says, he persists in using the Oxford comma. He is a fan of all things zombie-related, recovery-related, or caffeinated.

Josh lives and writes in Philadelphia.

To contact Josh, please email him at josh@joshkruger.com.