Keith J. Kelly has been writing the must-read “Media Ink” column for the New York Post since July 1998. He consistently breaks stories on the inner workings of the major companies in the magazine, book, and newspaper publishing businesses.
Kelly was once termed "New York's most influential media columnist" by New York magazine. He jumped to the Post from the Daily News.
Kelly served as a founding member of the New York City-based Kelly Gang Inc., which includes Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and other notables in the media world with the surname Kelly. It evolved from a social group into a charitable organization following the death of author/journalist Michael Kelly, who became the first American journalist killed in Iraq in the Iraq War in 2002.
Kelly has raised approximately $400,000 for causes as diverse as The Wounded Warrior Project to Catholic Charities of New Orleans and the Lower East Side Tenament Musuem.
Kelly freelanced out of Belfast in 1980 and was the first reporter to break the news of the looming IRA hunger strike in Long Kesh Prison. Over the years, Kelly has contributed stories on the troubles in Northern Ireland and its New York connections to The Nation, The Boston Globe, Newsday, USA Today, America Magazine, Catholic News Service, Religious News Service and for years throughout the 1980s was a New York correspondent for the Dublin daily, The Irish Press.
A fourth generation Irish American, Kelly traces his Irish ancestry to Westmeath and Mayo.
Kelly is married to J. Patricia Walsh, the daughter of the late Kerry football great Eddie Walsh. They live in the Stuyvesant Town neighborhood of Manhattan with their three boys, Ruairi, Luke and Eamon.
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