Born in Iowa and a resident of Chicago for 15 years, Jason Nebergall has been fascinated by television and video for as long as he can remember. He produced several short videos of dubious merit in high school and undergrad, which he attended at the University of Iowa.

After graduation, he moved to Chicago and worked for seven years at a television commercial postproduction house. He returned to graduate study at the University of Chicago, earning a masters degree in the Humanities, working under Jacqueline Stewart.

He is in his fourth year at Northwestern University, writing his dissertation on experimental Chicago television under the supervision of Lynn Spigel.