William Kelly - Biography
William J. Kelly is an American producer, television and radio host, commentator, media strategist and critic. He is an executive producer of Emmy Award-winning television and the former executive director of National Taxpayers United of Illinois. In 1994, he ran for U.S. Congress against Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., and in 2010 for the seat of state comptroller for Illinois.
He is the founder of RevDigital, an independent TV and documentary production house and produced his first long-running series on Fox for five years. The Emmy Award-winning series was nominated for editing, direction, and a personal nod for excellence on-camera for Kelly. He currently hosts and executive produces, “The Sensationalist” on Fox-owned WPWR-TV.
A trained voice actor and improvisational comedian, Kelly auditioned for and was admitted to the famed Conservatory Program at Chicago’s Second City.
Kelly was born in Chicago’s Beverly neighborhood, an area of known for its history of politically connected Irish families on the city’s south side. Kelly attended Quigley Seminary South, a preparatory Catholic seminary. As an undergrad, Kelly studied in the U.S. and abroad, including Loyola University in Rome, Italy, where he studied baroque and renaissance architecture.
A former media analyst for Screen Magazine, Kelly is a frequent contributor to The Washington Times, American Spectator, Breitbart.com, and the Huffington Post. Kelly writes about media, entertainment, and Chicago’s cast of political characters