GayRVA’s Editor, Brad Kutner, sat down with Virginia Voice’s Don Dale back in December and provided some insight into how he ended up where he is today.
Kutner talks about his earliest childhood memories, coming out, and his background in public radio in the 30 minute interview.
He talks about breaking his first story for GayRVA, the successes he’s had since, and how he came about taking over RVAMag.com as well.
“I get so much joy out of being able to be the first on these issues,” said Kutner about working in internet publishing. “I love covering the general assembly. The interesting thing about the internet is it really levels the playing field.”
“Yesterday, I was at a city council meeting covering a meeting about a bike share program, and I saw the Times-Dispatch’s Graham Moomaw, and the moment I saw him, I said ‘I guess I have to do this story tonight now,’” he said with a laugh. “It gives me such a rush to be first and break the news.”
On coming out, Kutner details the summer after 8th grade when he knew he was gay.
“I told my parents a year later, after a meltdown in high school,” he said. “I was put in therapy, but it wasn’t that bad… I was also a bratty kid, and my parents didn’t deserve what I put them through.”
Virginia Voice’s “What’s Your Story?” is a project by longtime TV-man Don Dale. The service is provided to the visually impaired throughout the commonwealth.