Fr. Jim McDermott, S.J.

Fr. Jim McDermott
Fr. Jim McDermott, S.J., Screenwriter, West Coast Correspondent for America Magazine

Father Jim McDermott, SJ is a writer from the suburbs of Chicago.

Before coming to Los Angeles Jim did magazine journalism and improvisational comedy in New York; he also worked as an English teacher, drama coach and bus driver on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. While pulling out of a gas station he once scratched a brand new bus so deeply he cut completely through its steel shell. He was named “Bus Driver of the Year” and awarded a can opener by the school. (He wishes he was kidding.) He has also spent the greater part of a year working and wandering in Australia, and is more than slightly obsessed with Australian politics and football.

In addition to past study in Literature (Marquette, Harvard) and Old Testament and Liturgy (Weston Jesuit School of Theology), Jim recently completed his MFA in Screenwriting from UCLA. For the last three years he has interned in the development department of the AMC network. He recently sold his first TV pilot.

Jim can be found trying to be funny on Twitter at

He writes a weekly newsletter on pop culture and spirituality; sign up at He writes regularly online and in print for America Magazine. 


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