Journalist & Author
Quinn Bradlee is the son of the late long-time Washington Post executive editor Ben Bradlee and bestselling author Sally Quinn. Born with a hole in his heart that required invasive surgery when he was only three months old, Quinn suffered from a battery of illnesses, including seizures, migraines, and fevers from an early age. But it wasn’t until he was fourteen that Bradlee was correctly diagnosed with Velo-Cardio-Facial Syndrome (VCFS), a little-understood disorder that affects 1 in 2000 people and is expressed through a wide range of physical ailments and learning disabilities. Quinn graduated from the Gow School, a college prep school for students with learning disabilities, with honors. He also attended The Lab School in Washington, DC, The New York Film Academy, and programs at the American University and Landmark College. He is the author of a memoir entitled A Different Life: Growing Up Learning Disabled and Other Adventures (2009), documenting his efforts to overcome VCFS, and a second book entitled A Life’s Work: Fathers and Sons (2010), which he co-authored with his father. Quinn assisted in the making of HBO’s I Can’t Do This But I Can Do That, a film for families about learning differences. He founded Friends of Quinn, an online community that offers resources and support for young adults with learning differences, as well as for the people who love them. Quinn is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
"I wasn't afraid to tell the truth about my syndrome or to talk about it. I wouldn't over-exaggerate it or under-exaggerate it. I would just tell it for the way it is."