Jon began his filmmaking career at Newsweek where he quickly climbed the ranks to executive producer and helped the publication earn the first Emmy nomination of any U.S. magazine in 2007. He received a second Emmy nomination in 2008.
Most recently he worked on Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign as a filmmaker. The Hillary for America video team racked up over a billion video views across all social media platforms and Jon produced some of the most watched and shared videos over the cycle, accumulating over 70 million views. The team pioneered Facebook Live for political campaigns and introduced new storytelling devices like Jon’s 7-min mini doc “Martha and Sara.” During the primaries Jon traveled with Secretary Clinton, documenting rallies, speeches, roundtables, meetings and behind-the-scenes moments. Some of the video he helped capture became some of the most memorable imagery from the campaign, moments that would be featured in national ads like “Brave.”
Before joining the Hillary campaign, Jon worked as a Senior Producer at MSNBC Digital where he supervised field productions. He served as the New York Post’s director of video, launching Page Six celebrity video programming, and as a director of video for Alpha Media Group. He has produced, shot and edited digital shorts for BBC News Magazine, Reuters, CBS Local, ProPublica, New York Magazine, New York’s The Cut, Men’s Health, Glamour, Tumblr Storyboard and more.
While at Newsweek Jon covered the campaign trail and conventions during the 2008 elections, producing video interviews with Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee, Michael Bloomberg, Laura Bush, Cindy McCain, Elizabeth Edwards, and Ron Paul. With the Washington Post, Jon helped launch some of the first live Webcast video coverage of the primaries, conventions and election night. In 2010, his mid-terms election mashup became the most-watched Newsweek video to that date. After a promotion to executive producer, Jon managed Newsweek’s video team as well as production of their viral sensations “The District,” “Return to Oz: The Munchkins 70 Years Later,” “The Decade in Seven Minutes,” and “Lost on ‘Lost’”. He built Newsweek video franchises like its Oscar and Emmy Roundtable discussions with notable actors including Morgan Freeman, Sandra Bullock, James Franco, Natalie Portman, Nicole Kidman, and Michelle Williams. In addition to the franchises, he created weekly video series to help drive traffic and increase volume. One of those series, “7 Things”, interviewed celebrity newsmakers like Hugh Jackman, Kristin Chenoweth, Channing Tatum, Vanessa Hudgens, Gael Garcia Bernal, Diego Luna, Ian Somerhalder, and Julianne Moore. Another series, “Sum Total”, graphically showed that behind every business statistic, there’s a good story.
His work has been honored by the Webbys, The National Press Club, the Magazine Publishers of America, the Society of Professional Journalists, GLAAD, MIN and the National Association of Black Journalists.
Jon has a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and an undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary.