Jon Niccum began working as a full-time journalist in 1993.

He is an entertainment writer for the Kansas City Star. He is the former Entertainment Editor at the Lawrence Journal-World daily newspaper and former Music/Film Editor at The Pitch, Kansas City's leading alternative weekly.

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 was a finalist for a National Music Journalism Award.

Additionally, he has written the official record label bios for many artists, including Evanescence, Jeff Beck, Leon Redbone, Trip Shakespeare 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.