Jack was born and raised in Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley and has the accent to prove it. He took his gnarly upspeak east, where he attended three colleges (family record!): Wesleyan University, Columbia University as a visiting student, and finally Brown University. At Brown, Jack fell in love with journalism listening to his professor, Providence Journal veteran Tom Mooney, talk about chasing leads around the city in his pick-up truck. Jack is now doing his best Tom Mooney impression (minus the truck) as a journalist in Los Angeles, where his work has been published in Newsweek, Salon, Fast Company, LA Taco, and other outlets. His articles have been featured twice in the Los Angeles Times’ “Essential California” Newsletter, as well as the Politico “California Playbook” newsletter. In 2021, Jack was the winner of three California Journalism awards. This spring, his coverage of Los Angeles’ paradoxical street vending laws prompted the city council to suspend its enforcement of unpermitted vendors.
Jack believes that writing, like reading, is a democratic medium, and anyone can do it with a handful of guiding principles—not just the select, “talented” few. As a journalist, he can also help you find “the story” in your writing no matter what you’re writing; he thinks full-time about how to transform dense subjects into compelling copy. Jack has also personally written three successful college applications, and finds it deeply rewarding to help students with their college personal statements (it’s not so different from journalism—it’s all about finding the story.) With years of tutoring experience, he adores working with students to find their voices on the page.
In his spare time, you can find Jack cooking, third-wheeling with his sister and her boyfriend, or watching English soccer, though he feels it’s probably best not to dwell on the recent achievements of his favorite team, Tottenham Hotspur. Nothing to see there, thank you.