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Richard G. Jones is an award-winning journalist who has spent 15 years as a reporter. He has worked at The New York Times and The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Rich joined The Times in 2001 and one of his first assignments was covering the New York City police and fire departments in the months before and after the Sept. 11 terror attacks. In 2004, he and a colleague were nominated for a Pulitzer Prize after a year-long investigation into the failings of New Jersey’s child welfare agency.
As a New Jersey-based reporter, Rich covered politics and the State Legislature. Besides his work for The Times’ metropolitan desk, Rich also covered the New York Jets and the National Football League. He has also reported from Jamaica, Haiti and Puerto Rico.
Before joining The Times, Rich spent eight years as a reporter at The Inquirer, where he wrote a daily metro column and covered Philadelphia’s public schools. He also covered an eclectic range of assignments including the verdict in the O.J. Simpson trial, the finale of the Tour de France and the implementation of the Dayton peace accords in Bosnia- Herzegovina. In 1998, Rich began a three-year assignment as a national correspondent for The Inquirer, covering the South out of the paper’s Atlanta bureau.
A 1993 graduate of the University of Delaware, Rich won internships at The Inquirer, The Boston Globe and The Chicago Tribune and served as editor in chief of the university’s student newspaper, The Review. As a senior, Rich received an honorable mention from the Associated Collegiate Press for his coverage of the 1992 Los Angeles riots.
A two-time winner of The New York Times Publisher’s Award, Rich’s reporting has been honored with awards from numerous organizations including the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association, the Press Club of Long Island, the New York Association of Black Journalists and the Education Writers Association.
In 2008, Rich was named one of 10 winners of a Knight-Bagehot Fellowship and began a year-long course of study at Columbia University. In May 2009, Rich earned a master of science degree and a certificate in economics and business journalism from the university’s Graduate School of Journalism. He also won the Robert C. Harron Award for excellence in writing and exemplary kindness to fellow students.
Rich is currently pursuing a doctorate at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, where he holds a Scripps Howard Doctoral Fellowship. He has served as an adjunct professor at Merrill and his research interests include diversity in the media, journalism history and the economics of digital media.
Rich is the father of two sons and lives in the Village.