Jack Fitzgerald was born and educated in St. John's, NL. During his career he has been a journalist, a feature writer and political columnist with the St. John's Daily News, a reporter and public affairs writer with CJON and VOCM News Services, and editor of the Newfoundland Herald and the Newfoundland Chronicle. During the last years of the Smallwood administration he was assistant director of Public Relations with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. He has also worked as assistance officer with the Department of Social Services. Jack Fitzgerald also hosted a regular radio program featuring off-beat Newfoundland stories on radio station VOFM.