About

John McAlley is an award-winning journalist and content professional. He has worked in a variety of capacities at some of the most celebrated consumer publications in the U.S, including Rolling Stone, where he got his start as the magazine's production manager and transitioned into contributing roles as a photo editor, designer, and, over a span of 10 years, music critic. After stints as the arts editor at Harper's Bazaar and as a consulting editor in the start-up years of InStyle, he moved within Time Inc. to join the staff at Entertainment Weekly, where, for nearly a decade, he served as one of the magazine's top editors.

In the mid-aughts, he shifted his focus to feature writing (for GQ and Spin, among other publications) and has since worked both ends of the writer/editor spectrum, maintaining his output as an author of profiles, long-form narratives, and criticism while simultaneously serving as the book reviews editor at NPR.org (from 2008 to 2013) and, from 2010 to 2014, the executive editor of Spirit, the inflight magazine of Southwest Airlines.

He has written about rap and rock stars; the three-star general who rebuilt Iraq's war-torn Sadr City then created interdepartmental havoc at Southern Methodist University; the guy who made
(and lost) a fortune as the most famous cookie man in the world;
the brothers who hooked America on Words With Friends; and the country's most beautiful and historic golf courses. As an editor, he has worked with the finest culture writers, editorial photographers, and designers in the magazine business. And recently, as a content marketing consultant and copywriter, he brought his storytelling talents to Adidas's golf-apparel brand, Ashworth.

Awards

  • National Magazine Award
    For General Excellence
    Entertainment Weekly
    2002
  • "Dixie Chicks Come Clean"
    Voted one of the 40 greatest magazine covers of the past 40 years, by
    the American Society of Magazine Editors
    Entertainment Weekly
    2005
  • Missouri School of Journalism Awards
    Best Arts & Entertainment Feature/Package
    "Avedon's Lone Stars"
    Fort Worth Star-Telegram
    2007
  • The Pearl Awards
    Custom Content Council
    Gold Winner
    "The Art of Storytelling"
    Southwest Airlines Spirit
    2012
  • APEX EXPO
    Passenger Choice Awards
    Best Inflight Publication
    Southwest Airlines Spirit
    2012