Jason directs all marketing, communication, special events, social media and website management for the Community Foundation and Jump Start Incubator.
Prior to joining the Community Foundation in 2014, Jason spent more than 15 years as a reporter and columnist at the Reading Eagle. During his tenure at the newspaper, he wrote extensively about poverty, crime, mental illness and the interconnectivity of various social problems. In 2012, he earned the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association’s distinguished writing award, the top individual journalism prize in Pennsylvania.
Also in 2012, Jason’s newspaper series “The New Face of Poverty” won the first-place award for news series of the year in Pennsylvania. He was then executive producer of “Poverty to Prosperity: Reading Looks to the Future,” a WFMZ television documentary based on the newspaper series. The television show won first place in the documentary category from the Pennsylvania Associated Press Broadcast Association.
Jason has volunteered for several area nonprofits, such as Family Promise of Berks County, the Literacy Council of Reading-Berks (where he served as president of the board, vice president of the board, and chair of the public relations committee), and Girls on the Run Berks County (where he served on the 5k Committee). In 2021, the Berks County Commissioners voted to appoint Jason to the Berks County Public Libraries Advisory Board.
A Berks County native, Jason graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor of Science in journalism and a minor in history. He also previously worked for The Patriot Ledger, Quincy, Mass.; the Naples Daily News, Naples, Fla.; and The Associated Press.