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.” He typically represents the progressive perspective on political issues.

From 2013 to 2015, Josh was a columnist for Philly Weekly, that city’s largest alternative weekly newspaper. His column, The Uncomfortable Whole, appeared regularly in print and confronted social problems, like drugs, or cultural stigmas, like homophobia. In addition to his commentary, Josh’s journalistic experience includes daily news blogging, social media engagement, high profile interviews, and both digital and and print content production.

JoshCurlsIn addition to his work at Philly Weekly, Josh has contributed to Philadelphia Magazine, and his work appears on Philadelphia public media station WHYY’s NewsworksJosh’s work has also appeared in national publications including The Advocate and HIV Plus Magazine, and he is a regular columnist with online HIV/AIDS resource center The Body.

In both 2014 and 2015, the Society of Professional Journalists recognized him with its Spotlight Award for Best Non-Daily Commentary in the state of Pennsylvania. In 2014, Josh was humbled to also receive the Association of Alternative Newsmedia’s Second Place Award for Newspaper Commentary in the United States and Canada. And, in 2015, the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association presented him with the Edith Hughes Emerging Journalist Award, which “encourages talented young journalists to continue in their careers.”

In 2015, Josh was named one of the “15 HIV Advocates to Watch in 2015” by HIV Plus Magazine, with writer Mark S. King saying that Josh’s “work has wit and intimacy, and he’s been known to infuriate readers. In other words, he is a writer that demands to be read.”

He is a member of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association and 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.