Jon Jefferson is a senior writer and creative consultant with 30 years of wide-ranging experience in print and visual communications.


With Peterson Skolnick & Dodge, he has worked on projects for Rice University, the Institute of Medicine, UC Santa Barbara, UC Berkeley’s School of Law, New York University School of Law, and the Stanford School of Earth Sciences.


Jon’s work has included time as a staff science writer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, as an educator and administrator at Planned Parenthood of East Tennessee, and as a freelance magazine and newspaper journalist and television documentary writer/producer. His written work has been published in The New York Times, Newsweek, USA Today, and Popular Science and has been broadcast on National Public Radio, and his documentaries have aired on The History Channel, A&E, and the National Geographic Channel.


With renowned forensic scientist Dr. Bill Bass, founder of the University of Tennessee’s Anthropological Research Facility (aka The Body Farm), Jon launched—and still writes—a best-selling series of crime novels. The series, published under the pen name Jefferson Bass, debuted with Carved in Bone; the seventh and most recent in the series is The Inquisitor’s Key.


Jon is an honors alumnus of Birmingham-Southern College and did graduate work in English and comparative literature at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.



Contact Jon Jefferson

Direct dial: 865 712-5597

Email: highplane@aol.com