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 or civil libertarian perspective on political issues.

From 2013 to 2015, Josh was a columnist and editor for Philly Weekly and then Philadelphia City Paper, the city’s two alt-weekly newspapers. His PW column, “The Uncomfortable Whole,” won multiple awards, including the Society of Professional Journalists First Place Award for weekly newspaper commentary in both 2014 and 2015 and the Pa. NewsMedia Association’s Edith Hughes Emerging Journalist Award in 2015. That recognition “encourages talented young journalists to continue in their careers.”

JoshCurlsJosh has written for Philadelphia Magazine, and his work appears on Philadelphia public media station WHYY’s Newsworks. His words have also appeared in national publications including The Advocate, and he is a contributor to online HIV/AIDS resource center The Body.

In 2015, Josh was named one of the 15 HIV Advocates to Watch in 2015 by HIV Plus Magazine.

Josh is a member of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association and the Philly-based Pen & Pencil Club, America’s oldest press club. 

Currently the Engagement Editor for The Philadelphia Citizen, Josh hopes to continue to use his experience and expertise to improve American society. The Philadelphia Citizen is a new digital media project focused on participation in, and preservation of, local democracy.

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.

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