Billy Kennedy is a University of Florida alumnus with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and classical studies minor. He’s worked as a contributing writer for the Independent Florida Alligator, a WUFT.org web editor and a correspondent for the Gainesville Sun.

He was born in Eustis, Fla., and began writing at Eustis Elementary School, producing short stories about everything from cheese thieves to aliens.

From August 2012 to December 2012, he wrote on the police and UF beats for the Gainesville Sun, working closely with now-opinions editor for the Sun Nathan Crabbe and current Tampa Bay Times writer Jon Silman. As a stringer for the Alligator, Billy covered city of Gainesville politics, specifically the mayoral and District 4 City Commission elections.

Billy is also co-founder of Foolies LLC, a startup company that, through clothing and self-help ideas, aims to motivate and inspire dreamers to pursue their passions while putting faith over fear.

This website serves as his personal blog and provides samples of his newswriting clips.

Wally's first driving lesson.

Wally’s first driving lesson.

Aside from writing, he enjoys listening to hip-hop music, playing basketball, spending time with his dog, Walter Cronkite Folarin, and ranting endlessly about politics. He’s also a Mac guy that loves his rooted Android phone and has an unhealthy obsession with the Florida Gators and Orlando Magic. Regretfully, he’s a loyal, lifelong Jacksonville Jaguars fan.