Author Jerry Kirk

Jerry Kirk

Jerry was born and raised in the Whitesburg community of Hamblen County in East Tennessee. He graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1961 with a degree in journalism. After a four-year enlistment as an Air Force information specialist, he returned to Tennessee.

In 1973, Jerry became editor of the Tennessee Cooperator, the award-winning membership publication of Tennessee Farmers Cooperative. He later served as editor of The Tennessee Magazine, the member publication of the state’s electric cooperatives.

After retirement, Jerry served two terms as the Executive Secretary of the Tennessee Council of Cooperatives and continues as a contributing writer to the Cooperator, including his “As I Was Saying” column. He also continues to assist in editing both the Tennessee Cooperator and The Tennessee Magazine.

In 2012, Jerry received the James B. Walker Cooperative Spirit Award, Tennessee Farmers Cooperative’s highest honor given to an individual whose contributions have had a positive and enduring impact on Tennessee’s farmers, Tennessee agriculture and the cooperative system.

Jerry is a master “Wheel of Fortune” player, an avid connoisseur of “The Andy Griffith Show” and a diehard Tennessee Volunteers fan.