Jackson Baker is senior editor of The Memphis Flyer and a contributing editor of Memphis Magazine and the Tennessee Journal. His primary concerns are political coverage and general news; other duties include editorials, op-ed contributions, and the paper's online edition. He has worked as a reporter for the Arkansas Gazette, where he was twice jailed for refusing to reveal his sources to a Grand Jury, and as an aide in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, D.C.. He was an assistant professor of English at the University of Memphis (where he also taught a survey course in the history of rock and roll), and taught at several other universities. for many years he was a regular invitee to the annual Conference on Consciousness sponsored by the Menninger Foundation.
Recently one of the regulars who established an audience for the WKNO-TV series Behind the Headlines, he was a panelist on the station's long-running former series Informed Sources,is a former contributing editor for WREG-TV, and has served as political analyst on every local TV station. A frequent TV commentator, he has written for such periodicals as Time Magazine, the New York Times, The Washington Monthly, and Salon.com.
Jackson has won numerous journalism awards, including nine (9) first-place Green Eyeshade Awards from the Society for Professional Journalists, and he was named by the Washington Post to its list of Best State Political Reporters, 2015. He has served as a member of the board of directors of the Memphis Rotary Club. A widower, he has four children and two grandchildren and lives at the junction point of Memphis, Cordova, Lakeland, and Arlington.