Meet Me


Michael McGrady is an acclaimed international journalist and commentator covering drug legalization, tobacco harm reduction, public health ethics, digital civil liberties, human rights, and several industries.



He covers the following topics regularly —

– Free speech online and civil liberties

– The rights of adult performers and the adult entertainment industry

– Oncology and the development of treatments for malignant mesothelioma

– Drug legalization and the rights of drug users

– Tobacco harm reduction

– The vaping industry, including cannabis and nicotine products

– Ethics in public health practice

– International affairs and foreign policy, with a special focus on environmental and public health issues

– The human rights of seafarers and the maritime industries

– Biotechnology and pharmaceuticals

– COVID-19 and the pandemic

– The rights of workers in the meatpacking industries and business operations

Awards and Honors

Finalist – Best Vaping Writer, 2020 ECigClick Awards

2019 Knowledge-Action-Change Tobacco Harm Reduction Scholarship Recipient

Finalist – Best Vaping Writer, 2019 ECigClick Awards

Professional Organization Affiliations

Member of the Association of Health Care Journalists

Professional Member of the Society of Professional Journalists

Current and Former Work

Contributing Writer,

  • Covers internet regulation and digital civil liberties
  • Covers the adult entertainment industry and the rights of performers and sex workers

Former Americas & Pacific Correspondent for Maritime Direct and Maritime Magazine, Maritime Media Group Denmark

Former Journalist for

  • Covers asbestos regulation
  • Medical research and studies related to malignant mesothelioma
  • Politics and policy related to cancer and mesothelioma

Former Contributor to The Spectator Australia

  • Covers public health
  • U.S.-Australia International Relations and comparative politics
  • Tobacco harm reduction

Former KAC Tobacco Harm Reduction Research Scholarship fellow, KAC/Foundation for a Smoke-Free World

Former Journalist-in-residence and the visiting research fellow in harm reduction policy, American Consumer Institute, Center for Citizen Research

Former Board/Advisor at T.H.R. Brasil

Former Outside the Boundaries contributor for The Maverick Observer

Former contributor and equities analyst – The Motley Fool (

  • Covering biotech, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, FDA, USDA
  • Also covering hemp, marijuana, and tobacco
  • Dietary and wellness products like CBD flora, edibles, and topicals
  • Nutraceuticals

Contributor to Filter magazine

  • Covering the intersections of harm reduction, drug legalization, e-cigarettes, and the rights of nicotine users

Former Contributing editor for Tobacco Reporter

Syndicated columnist and writer for

  • Covering energy and the environment
  • Additionally covers plastic bans and circular economies
  • Tobacco regulations, including e-cigarettes and smoke-free products

Former U.S. correspondent for

Former U.S. correspondent for

  • E-cigarettes, consumer access, small businesses
  • Litigation and lawsuits against vapor companies
  • Assists with U.S. news operations

Former U.S. correspondent for

  • Covering CBD regulations
  • Hemp industry and regulations
  • Banking and business affairs for hemp and CBD firms

Public policy columnist for the English edition of Vaping Post

  • Covering vaper culture, public policy, and regulation

Former Western U.S. state politics contributor for The Center Square

  • Covering regulations in Arizona, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico, California, and Colorado

Creator and host of the VP Podcast for Vaping Post

Co-creator and co-host of the Snus Revolution podcast

Working on an upcoming fiction series

Working on an upcoming film project on the First World War

Michael McGrady, ACHJ, SPJ

Location: Colorado, USA

To learn more about McGrady’s strategic communications work, visit MPR Public Affairs.