The Washington Journalism and Media Conference


Entertainment Reporter and Film Critic, Fox 5

Kevin McCarthy is a film critic and entertainment reporter in the Washington D.C. area.  Kevin reviews films locally for Fox 5, nationally for Fox and Friends and on the local D.C. radio station 106.7FM The Fan with “The Sports Junkies.” Kevin graduated from George Mason University in the spring of 2006 and majored in Communications with a concentration in Media Production and Criticism. While attending George Mason University, Kevin took an internship at CBS RADIO where he jumpstarted his film reviewing career. In the summer of 2007 after dressing up as a Washington Wizards cheerleader (yes, this is how he got the job), Kevin was hired as a freelance movie reviewer for the FOX 5 Morning News where he now also contributes as an entertainment reporter. Kevin’s job involves watching films and interviewing the filmmakers behind each project. He is known for his conversational writing style and unique rating system. If you’re wondering, his favorite films of all-time are “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” and “True Romance.” Kevin’s favorite filmmakers of all-time include Quentin Tarantino, Alfred Hitchcock, Christopher Nolan, Kevin Smith and Robert Rodriguez. Kevin’s dream is to one day be a filmmaker. Kevin’s wife, Lauren Veneziani, is also a film critic in the D.C./Baltimore area. The two met in a movie theatre in 2012 and currently live in Maryland with their two dogs, Jack and Sally – named after the famous characters in Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” Kevin also currently co-hosts a film podcast called “ReelBlend” where filmmakers join weekly to talk about their films. Guests on the show have included Joaquin Phoenix, Quentin Tarantino, Kevin Smith, and Christopher Nolan.