Jefferson Beavers is a multimedia storyteller with more than 20 years experience in journalism, strategic communication, and teaching. He works as a Communication Specialist in the Department of English at Fresno State, where he serves the Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing as its public affairs coordinator and administrative support assistant. His job includes promoting The Normal School literary magazine, the Philip Levine Prize for Poetry, the Fresno Poets’ Association reading series, and many other exciting literary projects and events.
In the community, Jefferson also serves as development director of the all-volunteer cultural arts nonprofit Fresno Filmworks, where he oversees strategic planning, coordinates sponsorships, and works on community giving and youth outreach projects.
Jefferson has taught courses in writing, journalism, and film studies. He has worked as a freelance producer for KQED, NPR, and other public radio outlets. And he has worked as a newspaper journalist for The Fresno Bee, The Modesto Bee, and other publications. 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, California, in the heart of Tulare County raisin country, he 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.
His wife, Tracy Stuntz, works as an instructional designer at Fresno State. They’ve been together for more than 10 years, and they married in October 2008.