Jim Marrs (born 1943) is an American former newspaper journalist and New York Times best-selling author of books and articles on a wide range of alleged cover ups and conspiracies. He earned a B.A. degree in journalism from the University of North Texas in 1966 and attended Graduate School at Texas Tech in Lubbock for two years. Mr. Marrs is a prominent figure in the JFK conspiracy press and his book Crossfire was a source for Oliver Stone's film JFK. He has written books asserting the existence of government conspiracies regarding aliens, 9/11, telepathy, and secret societies. He was once a news reporter in the Dallas–Fort Worth Metroplex and has taught a class on the Kennedy Assassination at University of Texas at Arlington. Marrs is a member of the Scholars for 9/11 Truth. He has won several writing and photography awards and in 1993 received the Freedom Magazine’s Human Rights Leadership Award. Mr. Marrs has also appeared on numerous national and regional radio and TV shows.