Jon Writes

Meet Jon

Passion. Experience. Diligence.

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Me

Passion. Experience. Diligence. That's me in a nutshell.

I should add longwinded, frugal and nauseatingly good-looking.

Here's where you come to learn a little bit more about me. The basics: I'm a brand journalist/content writer for a Charlotte-area mortgage lender. I used to be a newspaper reporter. I don't like Oxford commas (I'll reiterate this point later).

Other stuff:

 The infamous purse swing, circa Aug. 2013. If you look closely, you can see I was cracking a smile. Photo by Andy Burris. 

The infamous purse swing, circa Aug. 2013. If you look closely, you can see I was cracking a smile. Photo by Andy Burris. 

  • I like talking to people but Jesus is my favorite conversationalist.
  • When I was a newspaper reporter, I covered crime for three years. In that time, a convicted murderess swung at me with her purse (she missed); gang members put me on YouTube (they’re the worst); and I was on an episode of “Snapped” (my first - and only - claim to fame).

  • I later switched newspapers and beats, going from writing about shootings, stabbings and homicides to writing about small business, entrepreneurship and eventually county government. I developed whiplash.

  • I helped launch a blog about black fatherhood. I’ve sired no offspring.

  • I won a statewide award for using Twitter for crime reporting. I now use Twitter for GIFs.

  • I’ve gone on overseas missions to the Dominican Republic and Malawi, East Africa. I sold contraband and diabetes (i.e., chocolate and soda) to afford my way there.

 Me doing the writer thing during a very special project in Tijuana, Mexico, circa Oct. 2016. Photo by Dylan Hahn.

Me doing the writer thing during a very special project in Tijuana, Mexico, circa Oct. 2016. Photo by Dylan Hahn.

Things I like: Studying the Bible, my roommate/brother/best friend, my girlfriend, free food, comic books, church, my black self, mission work, the X-Men, documentaries, "This Is Us," “Xena: Warrior Princess,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Sherlock,” "Attack on Titan," Agatha Christie novels

Things I don’t like: math, economic inequity, the Oxford comma, heat, plagiarism, white supremacy, institutional racism, snakes, raw tomatoes

Things I like a little too much: Dad’s BBQ ribs, Auntie’s sweet potato pie


More of me

Click through the photos on the right to see more photos of yours truly, things I've been blessed to experience, the peeps in my life and the memories we've made. If you click on the photos, they'll appear in a lightbox so you can view them better. You're welcome.