Bradley graduated from Duke University with a Bachelor's degree in English, Economics, and French. During his time there he wrote for The Chronicle Newspaper, and was a member of the Theta Chi fraternity. 
Prior to joining NBC News in May 2016, Bradley was a reporter at The Wall Street Journal and The National. He also served as Asia editor at The Christian Science Monitor. Before that he he had spent some time in Vietnam, first working as an editor at Việt Nam News, and later as an economic assistant at the U.S Department of State.