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Jon Entine

Renowned Author of Abraham's Children: Race, Identity and the DNA of the Chosen People, former ABC News and NBC News producer and executive, and international commentator on Jewish and Media Issues

Travels from Cincinnati, Ohio

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Environmental and Sustainability Issues, Academic Perspectives on Israel and Jewish History, Positively Israel, Media and Current Events


Jon Entine is a think tank scholar and author, with an expertise in genetics, ancestry, Jewish history and Jewish identity. He is the founding director of the Genetic Literacy Project, a nonprofit that focuses on the nexus of genetics, media and policy, and author of seven books, including "Abraham's Children: Race, Identity and the DNA of the Chosen People", which examines in dramatic, story-telling fashion the history of the Jewish people through the prism of DNA, and our deep ancestral connection to modern Israel. The book is also a comprehensive response to the claims that modern Jews are primarily descendants of converts and do not have ancestral roots in ancient Israel.   His previous acclaimed bestseller, "Taboo: Why  Black Athtletes Dominate History and Why We're Afraid to Talk About It",  addressed the Jewish domination of basketball in the first half of the 20th century.


Jon's talks reaffirm the central importance of Israel to modern Jewry - not just because it is the home to millions of Jews, but also because it is our literal ancestral homeland.  We can trace our DNA to that the uncompromising land extolled in the Hebrew Bible.  Abraham’s Children was featured on the cover of Reform Judaism magazine and profiled on Jewish Life Television in a report viewed on YouTube more than 500,000 times. Kirkus Reviews called it an “epic tale” and Nature Genetics described the book as a “broad, well documented sweep of Jewish history that will inform even the most knowledgeable of readers.  Ha'aretz engaged Jon in a conversation about the fascinating link between Jewish ancestry, genetic diseases and Jewish achievement.


Jon has been featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, GQ, Times of London, Toronto Globe and Mail, Jerusalem Post and the Jewish Telegraph Agency, among hundreds of publications. He was profiled on ABC 20/20 and has appeared on almost every major television news and radio show, and dozens of programs worldwide. Jon draws on his production skills as a former television news executive in his presentations on a range of issues, including the DNA of Jewish History, Jewish Diseases and Achievement and Jewish views on sustainability.


Jon is Senior Fellow at the University of California-Davis World Food Center Institute for Food and Agricultural Literacy and a long-time fellow at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research in Washington, D.C. Jon spent 20 years as a network TV news producer at the three major U.S. networks, winning 20 journalism honors, including a National Press Club Award and Emmys for specials on the reform movements in China and the Soviet Union. He served as Tom Brokaw's long-time producer at NBC News and executive in charge of documentaries, and was a producer with ABC 20/20 and Primetime. He has been a visiting scholar at Columbia University, Arizona State University, NYU and Miami (Ohio) University. Jon earned a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship in Journalism at the University of Michigan.

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Popular Speeches:

  • Perspectives on the Importance of Israel to Jewish Identity
  • How the Media Covers Israel
  • Who is a Jew in an Age of Assimilation and the Human Genome
  • The Threads that Bind us to Israel: Ancestry, Culture and Faith


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