New US Chess Art Director Kory Kennedy

Kory Kennedy

US Chess is pleased to announce the hiring of Kory Kennedy as our Art Director within our Communications Department. His start date is March 31, 2021. Kory will report directly to Chess Life/Chess Life Online editor John Hartmann. 

Kory lives in Pennsylvania and brings extensive experience with major publications in the magazine industry with him to Chess Life and our other publications. He also has significant experience in the digital world. Please see his portfolio at for samples of his impressive body of work. Dan Lucas, the Senior Director of Strategic Communication, says, "We are excited and fortunate to have someone with Kory's talent and experience handling our graphics needs at US Chess. He will no doubt take our already high standards to a new level."

Here is his bio from our staff page:

Kory grew up playing chess with his father and now plays with his youngest son. Along with the competitive and intimate aspects of the game, Kory is attracted to the visual aspects of chess. He is drawn to the diverse designs of the pieces, from the simple to the intricate, as well as the variety of boards out there. 

Kory has an extensive history in the design industry, having worked for such publications as Entertainment Weekly, Runner's World, Sports Illustrated, and Rolling Stone. He has a BFA in Communication Design from Parsons School of Design in New York City.

Outside of work, Kory loves spending time with his wife, two sons and two cats (Vincent and Jules). He practices Transcendental Meditation, Kickboxing, and Muay Thai, and enjoys reading graphic novels and collecting all things pop culture.


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