Jon Entine

Founder and executive director of the Science Literacy Project, which oversees the Genetic Literacy Project and the Epigenetics Literacy Project

Jon Entine is founder and director of the independent, grant-funded Science Literacy Project. He was most recently a senior fellow at the World Food Center Institute for Food and Agricultural Literacy at the University of California-Davis and the Center for Risk & Health Communication at George Mason University. He has been a visiting fellow focusing on science and the media at the American Enterprise Institute since 2002. Entine writes for academic and popular publications around the world and is a frequent television and radio commentator on science, sustainability and business issues, including at NPR, BBC, CNN, MSNBC, Al Jazeera and Fox Business. He has written and edited seven books, including two on population genetics and two on agriculture, and two books on misunderstanding of 'science and risk perception'. Before launching his consulting and writing career, Entine spent 19 years as a network television news producer, winning more than twenty awards including Emmys for specials on the reform movements in China and the Soviet Union. He has produced news magazine programs at ABC News and CBS News, an entertainment special for NBC, and was Tom Brokaw’s long-time producer at NBC News, where he was also the executive-in-charge of documentaries. In 1989, Brokaw and Entine collaborated to write and produce Black Athletes: Fact and Fiction, named Best International Sports Film of 1989). It led to his best-selling book, Taboo: Why Black Athletes Dominate Sports and Why We are Afraid to Talk About It (Public Affairs, 2000), which was reissued in 2007. "Abraham's Children: Race, Identity and the DNA of the Chosen People" was published in 2008. Nature Genetics called it a "broad, well documented sweep of Jewish history that will inform even the most knowledgeable of readers." Entine graduated from Trinity College (Hartford) in 1974 with a degree in philosophy and earned a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship in Journalism at the University of Michigan in 1981-1982. He is on the board of the Jewish Community Relations Council in Cincinnati, where he resides.