Kirby Wilbur, Executive Director, The National Journalism Center
Kirby joined the National Journalism Center as executive director in 2013.
He was born in Washington, D.C., and moved to Seattle at the age of eight. He attended Queen Anne High School and the University of Washington where he graduated with a bachelor’s in history. He has also studied at Hillsdale College and Georgetown University.
He was the host of the morning drive show on 570 KVI radio in Seattle for nearly 16 years. He was named several times as one of the top 100 talk show hosts in America by Talker’s magazine, the leading talk radio trade journal. Before becoming a talk show host, he was a real estate appraiser and owned his own firm, Liberty Consultants.
For years, he also taught American and World History and American Government and economics to high schoolers in several home school co-ops. He is an avid reader, primarily of current events and American and military history.
Memberships include life memberships in the International Churchill Society and the National Rifle Association.
He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Second Amendment Foundation, the American Conservative Union, and Citizens United. He is an associate of Hillsdale College.
He has been involved in the Conservative Movement for more than 35 years and has served in numerous volunteer and leadership positions, including serving as state chair of the Young Republicans and seven times as a delegate to the GOP National Convention.
He is a much sought-after speaker, has appeared on Fox News, C-SPAN, Fox Business Channel, and network news and has received numerous awards from family, law enforcement,charitable, and political organizations, including The Fund for American Studies, Young America’s Foundation, and Families Northwest.
Kirby and his wife, Trina, have been married for 33 years and have two sons, Nathan and Adam.