Jon Niccum began working as a full-time music journalist in 1993.
He is the former Entertainment Editor at the Lawrence Journal-World daily newspaper and Music Editor at The Pitch, Kansas City's leading alternative weekly. He is a frequent entertainment contributor to the Kansas City Star.
Niccum has won several dozen national awards for his entertainment writing, including multiple honors from the Suburban Newspapers of America, American Association of Sunday and Feature Editors, National Federation of Press Women, Kansas Press Association and as a finalist for a National Music Journalism Award.
Additionally, he has written the official record label bios for dozens of artists, including Evanescence, Jeff Beck, Leon Redbone, Steve Vai, Flickerstick and Joe Satriani.
Prior to his career in journalism, he was a professional guitarist and bassist, performing in bands such as The Budinskis, Easterday and Bobby & the Chuxx.