Alex Jones (journalist)
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Alex S. Jones is an American journalist who has been director of the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government since July 1, 2000. Jones is also a lecturer at the school, occupying the Laurence M. Lombard Chair in the Press and Public Policy. He won a Pulitzer Prize for journalism in 1987.
Jones covered the newspaper industry for The New York Times from 1983 until 1992. His prize-winning story "The Fall of the House of Bingham" concerned events that ended in 1986 with the sale of Louisville, Kentucky media—two newspapers and three broadcast stations—after fifteen years of newspaper management by Barry Bingham, Jr. Next year Jones won the annual Pulitzer Prize for Specialized Reporting (predecessor of the Beat Reporting Pulitzer), recognizing that work as "a skillful and sensitive report of a powerful newspaper family's bickering and how it led to the sale of a famed media empire." He and his wife Susan E. Tifft (1951–2010) wrote two long books about newspaper dynasties, beginning with the Binghams in 1991 and focusing on Barry Bingham, Sr., The Patriarch: The Rise and Fall of the Bingham Dynasty (Summit Books, 574pp).[a] A review in the Los Angeles Times called it "the best kind of family history — one so packed with archival fact and telling anecdote that a reader can be excused for believing that at times he or she understands the Binghams far better than they seem to have understood themselves." They followed with Adolph S. Ochs and his descendants in 1999, The Trust: The Private and Powerful Family behind the New York Times (Little, Brown, 870pp)—a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His third, much shorter book was published by Oxford in 2009, Losing the News: The Future of the News That Feeds Democracy.
From 1995 until 1997 Jones was host of NPR's "On the Media", and from 1996 until 2003 he was executive editor and host of PBS's "Media Matters". Jones has been a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, and sits on the advisory boards of the Columbia Journalism Review, the International Center for Journalists, the Committee of Concerned Journalists, and the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
Jones is a member of the Council on the Future of Media.
Jones' family owns The Greeneville Sun in Greeneville, Tennessee.
In 1985 Jones married Susan Elizabeth Tifft (born February 14, 1951), a TIME magazine journalist from 1982 to 1991. In 1998 they became jointly Patterson Professor of the Practice of Journalism at the Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy. She was diagnosed with cancer in 2007 and died in her Cambridge, Massachusetts, home April 1, 2010. They had no children.
- The Gannett Center for Media Studies may have published or otherwise distributed the co-authors' remarks to its fellows seminar on March 26, 1991, not long after publication of the book, "The making of The Patriarch".
"The making of The patriarch" (speech, 18 leaves). WorldCat. Retrieved 2013-11-10.
- "Alex S. Jones". John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University (hks.harvard.edu). Copyright 2013.
- "Specialized Reporting". The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved 2013-10-30.
- "Pulitzers Honor Array of Investigative Reports". PBS NewsHour (pbs.org/newshour). April 17, 2006. Transcript and audio-video recording.
- Grimes, William (April 1, 2010). "Susan Tifft, Chronicler of News Dynasties, Is Dead at 59". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-11-10.
- Susan E. Tifft at Library of Congress Authorities, with 2 catalog records
- Alex S. Jones at Library of Congress Authorities, with 3 catalog records