Jon is a journalist, storyteller and communicator whose work supports the Sports & Society Program’s mission to convene leaders, facilitate dialogue and inspire solutions that help sport serve the public interest. He oversees the program’s communications platforms, edits and writes reports, develops original content, and manages select projects within Project Play.
Prior to the Aspen Institute, Jon was an award-winning sports journalist covering college football and NCAA issues with 20 national honors in his career. Most recently, he worked as a national college football reporter at CBSSports.com and was vice president of the Football Writers Association of America. At The Birmingham (Ala.) News, Jon twice won Associated Press Sports Editors awards for investigative stories. He was also a Clemson sports beat writer for The (Columbia, S.C.) State and The Anderson (S.C.) Independent-Mail and covered high school sports for The Washington Post. He has regularly appeared as a commentator on national TV, radio and podcasts.
In Jon’s spare time, he takes turns coaching soccer and baseball teams in Maryland for his two sons, Daniel and Josh, while his wife Mandy often serves as team mom. Josh says he likes his dad’s job at Aspen better than when he was a sportswriter because now “you’re helping kids.”