Prior to law school, Mr. Jones was a journalist for Pulitzer Prize-winning newspapers including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Charlotte Observer, the Lexington (Kentucky) Herald-Leader, and The (Westchester County, New York) Journal News. In the late 1990s, he was a Contributing Writer for the Atlanta Business Chronicle and interned at the Detroit Free Press as well as the New York Times. In 1996, he was named one of four Knight Ridder National Scholars.
Mr. Jones's experiences informed his graduate studies in New York City, where in 2003 he earned the Master of Science in Journalism from Columbia University. His Masters Project was titled "New York City in 2003: A Plantation of Sharecroppers" and is archived in the Columbia University libraries. In it, he set forth a critique that established a foundational projection of the phenomenon that would eventually become discussed nationally as "income inequality," and his analysis appeared years before most New Yorkers would acknowledge and assume the problem to be a threat to millions in their city. Frequently ahead of the curve, Mr. Jones similarly projected the viability of Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign (in The Harvard Law Record in February 2007) and the defeat of the European Union constitution and other "falling apart" of that project (in the 2005 Harvard Law School Reading Group "Citizenship, Multiculturalism, Democracy, and Human Rights" during a paper discussion moderated by Professor Henry Steiner).
The day in 2012 on which the Supreme Court of the United States announced it would hear the Lutherans' appeal in Hosanna-Tabor, Mr. Jones projected to the faculty colleague delivering the news that "this case is likely to be decided unanimously against the EEOC, in a reversal of the Sixth Circuit." The next year, it was, even though the six experts (long-established professors of law) presenting on this landmark case at the annual meeting of the Association of American Law Schools failed to see this result coming days before the Supreme Court issued its decision.
Mr. Jones believes that so-called "experts," who are paid to study phenomena, are supposed to be able to make accurate predictions, to foresee what's next for the benefit of mutual progress. Therefore, as a reliable, sober, and frank prognosticator with a noteworthy track record, Mr. Jones engages the public through interactive media appearances.
On October 1, 2016, Mr. Jones publicly appealed to the candidates for President of the United States to intervene in a growing federal employment scandal documented in a four-year study he has undertaken on prohibited personnel practices. His videotaped demand for a "law- and policy-enforcment program" responded to numerous documented failures of federal civil-rights law enforcement dating back sixteen years, particularly within President Obama's U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and at the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board. In so doing, Mr. Jones exposed an array of disgraceful decisions on the part of a number of U.S. administrative judges who have emboldened illegal discrimination against innumerable American veterans and other classes of federal employees of various ages, races, genders, and national origins.
Noteworthily and singularly, Mr. Jones called the U.S. Presidential Election of 2016, noting in The (Harvard Law) Record on March 1, 2016, and again on November 3, 2016, that minority voters in key states would be "Trump's Pathway to November Victory." His analyses were descriptive and not advocacy pieces, and they were thoroughly vindicated when the election returns arrived on November 8, 2016, shocking virtually every other election analyst in the world. For his prescience, Mr. Jones was invited for two hours of live televised follow-up three hours after Hillary Clinton's concession on the CBS affiliate in Raleigh, North Carolina, WNCN: http://wncn.com/2016/11/08/polls-set-to-open-at-630-a-m-across-nc/.