The Pinkerton Raid's songwriting is grounded in Jesse's history as a storyteller. He worked as a staff writer and editor for newspapers in Ohio, New Hampshire and North Carolina. He left The News & Observer in 2011 to spend more time on music but continues to work as a freelancer, including a monthly column for The N&O and its sister papers. His reporting has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Reason and dozens of other publications across the U.S. He is author of the spiritual memoir This Littler Light: Some Thoughts on NOT Changing the World about his escape from the Religious Right. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.