John Owens


  • School reform
  • Teacher workforce

John Owens is the author of “Confessions of a Bad Teacher: The Shocking Truth from the Front Lines of American Public Education.” An award-winning journalist with decades of experience in newspapers, magazines and digital media, Owens previously served as senior vice president and editorial director of Hachette Filipacchi Media, overseeing magazine brands including American Photo, Boating, Cycle World, Flying, Popular Photography, Road & Track, Sound + Vision, and Travel Holiday. He left magazines to attend graduate school in order to “give back” as a public school teacher in New York’s South Bronx. That experience led him to write the book. Owens attended public schools and is a graduate of New York state’s Binghamton University.