The University of Tennessee, KnoxvilleThe Howard H. Baker, Jr. Center for Public Policy

Jim Campbell

Jim Campbell



Expertise: Journalist

BA, Economic History, Maryville College

MA, Economic History, University of Oregon



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Jim is a Maryville, Tennessee native and an Oak Ridge resident for nearly 30 years. He is president of the East Tennessee Economic Council. Campbell started his career in the newspaper business, serving in various positions with The Oak Ridger, Oak Ridge’s daily newspaper since the end of the Manhattan Project. He was editor of the newspaper from 1987 to 1994. During that time he was also a contributing editor to the “Forum for Applied Research and Public Policy,” a publication of the University of Tennessee’s Energy, Environment and Research Center. Campbell also assisted in the publication of two books on Oak Ridge’s history. Campbell’s work at the Baker Center focuses on the intersection of science, environmental studies and engineering on policies related to energy, national security and environmental protection.


Campbell is the past chairman of the United Way of Anderson County, a member of the boards of the American Museum of Science and Energy, the Oak Ridge Public Schools Education Foundation, East Tennessee Quality Growth, the Oak Ridge Sister City Support Group, and Technology 2020 (a high tech business incubator).