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. 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. He left in 2011 to spend more time on music but continues to work as a freelancer. 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’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. He is author of the spiritual memoir This Littler Light: Some Thoughts on NOT Changing the World. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.