After graduating from Oberlin College, Jon began his career in New York with the CBS News documentary unit.
During his seven years with CBS, Jon worked with Walter Cronkite on the award winning “Twentieth Century” and “21st Century” series, as well as “Of Black America,” hosted by Bill Cosby. Other television projects include writing, directing and producing the WCBS “Eye on New York” series, and the Emmy Award- winning documentary “Countdown to a Contract.” During this time, he also wrote the book, Black Americans: From Colonial Days to the Present. Jon is a member of the Directors Guild of America and the Writers Guild of America, West.
In addition to an active career as a producer, director and writer, he has lectured on the history and production of documentaries at Fordham University and taught nonfiction writing in the Department of Cinema/Television at the University of Southern California. He was a three-term president of the International Documentary Association, during which he founded the First International Documentary Congress in association with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.