Richard Jones will join the University of Notre Dame this fall as Annenberg director of the John W. Gallivan Program in Journalism, Ethics and Democracy in the Department of American Studies. He is an associate editor at The New York Times and a veteran journalism educator. Jones leads the Times’ newsroom summer internship program and The New York Times Student Journalism Institute, a two-week professional development program for collegiate members of the National Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.
He has previously held visiting faculty positions at New York University and the University of Delaware; he also taught journalism at Rutgers University, American University and the University of Maryland. Jones spent 10 years at the Times during two different stints: a reporter from 2001 to 2008; in 2014, he was named associate editor. As a reporter, Jones wrote about topics as varied as politics, criminal justice, the New Jersey Legislature and the New York Jets. He was also nominated for a Pulitzer Prize by editors at the Times for a yearlong investigation into the failings of New Jersey’s child welfare system.
Prior to joining the Times, Jones spent eight years as a reporter at the Philadelphia Inquirer, where he focused on education and other topics, wrote a daily column and held a three-year posting as a national correspondent based in Atlanta responsible for covering nine states in the South.
Jones is a graduate of Delaware and he holds a master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, where he was awarded a Knight-Bagehot Fellowship. He has also advanced to Ph.D. candidacy in journalism studies at Maryland, where he is a Scripps-Howard Doctoral Fellow.