Kevin Ireton graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Kentucky with a degree in English, and then went to work as a carpenter for 10 years. In 1986, he joined the staff of Fine Homebuilding magazine, rose through the ranks and was named chief editor in 1992. Kevin held the position for 17 years, a record in the company that stands to this day. Circulation, revenue and advertising all increased during his tenure, and for three years running, Fine Homebuilding landed on the Chicago Tribune’s list of 50 Best Magazines. This was back in the day when there were 17,000 magazines published in this country.
Over the years, Kevin has lectured at the National Kitchen & Bath Industry Show, the National Association of Homebuilder’s annual convention, the Forest Products Society, the annual conference of the Timber Framer’s Guild and the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
He stepped down as Fine Homebuilding’s chief editor in 2009, but remains on the masthead as editor-at-large, contributing several articles each year, and demonstrating building tips in videos for the magazines’ website. Kevin lives in western Connecticut and works as a freelance writer, remodeling contractor and hands-on educator.