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Jesse Fox Mayshark
The son of Zen Buddhist vegetarians, Jesse was born in California and grew up in the wilds of western New York. He worked as a reporter and editor for 20 years before going to work in communications for Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero in 2011. As a journalist, Jesse was at various points the editor of Metro Pulse, Knoxville’s late alt-weekly; a copy editor and freelance music writer for The New York Times; a reporter for the Knoxville News Sentinel and the Mountain Press in Sevier County; and a regular contributor to the music magazine No Depression. He is also the author of the 2007 book Post-Pop Cinema: The Search for Meaning in New American Film. During his time with the City of Knoxville, Jesse served as Senior Director of Communications and Government Relations and was a member of Mayor Rogero’s Cabinet. He is also co-founder and co-owner of Libacious, a cocktail catering company. He lives with his wife, Casey Fox, and two children in the Oakwood-Lincoln Park neighborhood of North Knoxville.
The son of Protestant omnivores, Scott was born in Chattanooga and raised in Kingston, where his claim to fame was being the high school quarterback. After a nomadic and forgettable college career, he worked in various jobs, including an idyllic interlude as a crew member at LeConte Lodge in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, until he was hired as a reporter at the News Sentinel in 1999. He won numerous national, state and regional journalism awards as a reporter and editorial page editor over his 18-year stint at the paper. He was the lead reporter of the News Sentinel’s coverage of downtown Knoxville’s redevelopment, Black Wednesday and its aftermath, the Kingston coal ash spill and other seminal news events over the past two decades. He lives in North Knoxville with his wife, Kimberly Jones. His daughter attends the University of Tennessee.