Biography

Jon Entine is a researcher and journalist focusing on sustainability, science and public policy. He is founder and director of the Genetic Literacy Project, which is a nonprofit under the umbrella of Sense About Science -US, where he is a board member. He is a Senior Fellow at the World Food Center's Institute for Food and Agricultural Literacy Center at the University for California-Davis and Senior Research Follow at the Center for Health & Risk Communication at George Mason University. He has written and edited seven books.

Jon spent 19 years as a network television news producer, winning more than twenty awards including Emmys for specials on the reform movements in China and the Soviet Union. He has produced news magazine programs at ABC News and CBS News, an entertainment special for NBC, and was Tom Brokaw’s long-time producer at NBC News, where he was also the executive-in-charge of documentaries.

In 1989, Tom and Jon collaborated to write and produce Black Athletes: Fact and Fiction, named Best International Sports Film of 1989). It led to his best-selling book, Taboo: Why Black Athletes Dominate Sports and Why We are Afraid to Talk About It Public Affairs, 2000), which was reissued in 2007. That same year, Jon also published Abraham’s Children: Race, Identity and the DNA of the Chosen People (Grand Central Publishing, 2007), which merges genealogy, genetics and religion to vividly bring to life a new understanding of Western identity and the shared biblical ancestry of Jews, Christians and Muslims. It addresses efforts to identify cures for diseases that disproportionately impact specific populations and the social and political tempest that a renewed focus on "race" research is stirring. He lectures on behalf of the Jewish National Fund and the Jewish Federations of North America.

Other books written and edited by Jon: Scared to Death: How Chemophobia Threatens Public Health; Pension Fund Politics: The Dangers of Socially Responsible Investing on the growing influence of social investing in pension funds; Let Them Eat Precaution: How Politics Is Undermining the Genetic Revolution in Agriculture, which examines the debate over genetic modification (GMOs), food, and farming; and No Crime But Prejudice, which explores the immigration controversy.

Jon’s work has been featured or profiled in hundreds of articles and on many TV and radio programs, including ABC’s 20/20 and World News Tonight, Discovery’s Planet Green, FOX’s Bill O’Reilly and Hannity & Colmes, CNN’s Anderson Cooper and Lou Dobbs, MSNBC’s Hardball, HBO, NPR, BBC, C-Span, Court TV, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Philadelphia Inquirer, Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, GQ, Business Week, Forbes, Fortune, National Review, National Post (Canada), Toronto Globe and Mail, The Australian, The Australian Business Review, Guardian (UK), The Observer, The Telegraph, The Mail on Sunday, The Telegraph, The Independent, and The Sunday Times (UK).

Jon has participated in and organized dozens of public forums on policy issues, including at the National Academy of Sciences, Brookings Institution, University of Michigan, University of Florida, American Enterprise Institute and Hudson Institute.  He has served as a lecturer at various universities, including Columbia University, the University of Michigan, Arizona State University, New York University, and most recently Miami (Ohio) University, where he was scholar-in-residence. Jon graduated from Trinity College (Hartford) in 1974 with a degree in philosophy and earned a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship in Journalism at the University of Michigan in 1981-1982. He is on the board of the Jewish Community Relations Council in Cincinnati, where he resides.

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