Songwriter Jesse James DeConto is also a veteran journalist. He worked as a staff writer and editor for newspapers in Ohio, New Hampshire and North Carolina. At The News & Observer in Raleigh, he wrote about immigration, entrepreneurship and environmental justice in green development and waste-facility siting. Some of his favorite stories involved quirky characters and a sense of place, even when covering front-page news.
His freelance reporting has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Reason, E: The Environmental Magazine and dozens of other publications across the U.S. He’s written about agriculture for Fast Company and Paste; economic, racial and LGBTQ equity and Islamophobia for The Christian Century; consumer debt for The N&O and Prism; and intersectional activism for Religion News Service. As a Park Fellow at UNC-Chapel Hill, he did immersive reporting with the families of death-row inmates. He is author of the spiritual memoir This Littler Light: Some Thoughts on NOT Changing the World.
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