Keeping Up with Kelsey Podcast Episode 14: Justin Kirkland, Journalist and Runner

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Episode 14: Justin Kirkland


Justin Kirkland is a journalist and runner that lives in Brooklyn.  We met my freshman year of college (forever ago) while he was an RA in my dormitory. Justin left small town Tennessee behind to chase his dreams to the big city, and it is paying off in huge dividends.  He writes for Esquire and USA Today as well as doing freelance work.  His line of work has him covering everything from The Bachelor to personal interviews with Olympian Adam Rippon. We talk about what led him to his career choice, his infinite love of pizza, the freak accident that made him want to become a runner, and what it was like to lose 70+ pounds after spending his life being the funny fat friend.  Justin shares some stories that are guaranteed to make you roll with laughter.  I gleaned so much from my conversation with Justin, and I know you are going to love his story.


This episode is sponsored by Pressed.TN. Pressed.TN is a locally owned custom vinyl gifts company where you can order shirts, coffee mugs, tanks, onesies, and so much more. Alicia can make any design or quote that your heart desires. Check them out on Instagram and Facebook and be sure to tell them that you heard about them from the show.

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Mentioned in the show:

Maryville College

Esquire Magazine


Adam Rippon

Justin’s article about Adam Rippon

Olympian Gus Kenworthy

Justin’s Moonshiners Article

Throwing Up in Kindergarten

USA Today Bachelor

Chandelier Music Video by Sia

Rock n Roll DC

Class Pass

Nike Plus Running App

We, the Pizza


Nina Simone Sinnerman

Dixie Chicks Sin Wagon


The DoDo

Dog Rates

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