Jason Moritz was born in Davenport, Iowa, and attended K-12 public schools in nearby Bettendorf until moving to the Chicago area in 1988 to attend Northwestern University (BA, economics and geography, 1992). After returning to the Quad Cities to work as an economic development planner at the Bi-State Regional Commission in Rock Island, Illinois, he returned to school at the University of Iowa (MA, geography, and secondary social studies teaching certification, 1998). While at Iowa, he co-wrote an article with Dr. Paul Robbins entitled "Resourceful People and People's Resources: Teaching the Cultural Ecology of South Asia" published in the Fall 1999 issue of Education About Asia. He was also a graduate teaching assistant for contemporary environmental issues and human geography courses.
Jason moved to Los Angeles in 1998 and for two years taught 7th grade world history and geography at Audubon Middle School in the Crenshaw District. He left middle school teaching to attend UCLA's Graduate School of Education and Information Studies (MLIS, information studies, 2002). After graduating from UCLA, he worked as an archivist for both Universal Studios and DreamWorks SKG and as a substitute reference librarian at the Glendale (California) Public Library. He also taught physical geography courses at Los Angeles City and Pierce Colleges. Jason and his wife Melanie moved to Jackson, Michigan, in the summer of 2007. They enjoy traveling, reading, gardening, and watching movies together.