About John Bracken

My name is John S. Bracken. I live in Chicago and work in Miami. I am interested in the Internet, and in the ways it does and does not change our lives. I work at Knight Foundation, as director of media innovation. Among other things, I oversee  the Knight News Challenge. Best place to find me is on Twitter; as well as  FacebookFourSquare and LinkedIn, at johnsbracken at gmail and 773.451.8169.

A more official bio:



John S. Bracken is director of media innovation at the Knight Foundation. He oversees the Knight News Challenge, Knight’s prototype fund and other journalism and technology investments. Bracken has over 10 years experience as a philanthropic investor in digital media, having previously managed investments in media policy, innovation and global internet freedom at the Ford Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation.

Bracken is a frequent presenter at media and technology conferences and serves as an adviser to 1871, a co-working resource for digital startups in Chicago.  A 2009 fellow of Leadership Greater Chicago, Bracken has has a masters degree from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania and a BA from Pitzer College in Claremont, Ca. He writes @jsb, johnbracken.net and at the Knight Foundation blog.

8 thoughts on “About John Bracken

  1. ahhhhh the Wisconsin State Journal…. I remeber that field trip!…Edgewood Campus Scool was the place to be. Surfing the net… saw you name… wondered if it was you… yup it is…. shoot me an e-mail.

  2. My favorite media for getting information are my computer, iPhone and my Kindle. I get CNBC, The Wall Street Journal, Daily Finance and Reuters that way. What is interesting though is when I read an actual magazine or newspaper I seem to take more time and enjoy the experience more than when I am consuming information through the electronic medium. Finally, I get HBR and McKinsey in print.

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