Jefferson Beavers is a multimedia journalist and college instructor based in Fresno, California. He’s available for reporting, writing, editing, graphic design and layout, field recording and producing, tape syncs, photography, and teaching/training.
Jefferson teaches journalism and film studies at Fresno City College. He serves as president of the performing arts nonprofit Fresno Filmworks, and he also works as a freelance producer for the statewide public radio program The California Report. Jefferson earned his Master of Fine Arts degree in creative nonfiction and his bachelor’s degree in print journalism, both from Fresno State. A native of Dinuba, Calif., in the heart of Tulare County raisin country, Jefferson has lived in Fresno since 2001. Through words, sounds, and photographs, he enjoys telling the stories of the diverse faces and places of the Central Valley he calls home.
Jefferson was a newspaper journalist for 12 years, most recently as a copy editor at The Fresno Bee, where he was the front-page designer during the 9/11 attacks and the start of the Iraq war. Previously, Jefferson worked at The Modesto Bee, the Fairfield Daily Republic, and the Gustine Press-Standard, and he cut his teeth as a reporter and photographer at his hometown paper, the Dinuba Sentinel. Jefferson has taught journalism classes and advised student media at Fresno State, has hosted a weekly music show on the Fresno State radio station, and has written for the citizen media website FresnoFamous.com. His personal essays have appeared in the journals In The Grove, the San Joaquin Review, and Pachuco Children Hurl Stones. The editors of In The Grove, a regional magazine for California poets and writers, nominated his essay “A Collection of Things” for a Pushcart Prize in 2008.
His wife, Tracy Stuntz, teaches public speaking and communication classes at Fresno State and at Reedley College. They’ve been together for more than eight years, and they married in October 2008. Jefferson and Tracy love their cocker spaniel, Morris, a rescue dog who takes his dog parents on neighborhood walks daily.