Alex S. Jones
Director, Shorenstein Center, Harvard University
Alex S. Jones is Director of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is also Laurence M. Lombard Lecturer in the Press and Public Policy.
From 1983 to 1992, Alex covered the press for The New York Times and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1987. His most recent book, Losing the News: The Future of the News that Feeds Democracy was published in August 2009. The New York Times Sunday Book Review called Alex “a bringer of light in the encircling doom.” In 1991, he coauthored (with Susan E. Tifft) The Patriarch: The Rise and Fall of the Bingham Dynasty, which Business Week magazine selected as one of the best business books of the year. In 1992, he left the Times to work on The Trust: The Private and Powerful Family Behind the New York Times (also coauthored with Tifft), which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle award in biography. Alex has been a Nieman Fellow at Harvard, a host of National Public Radio’s “On the Media,” and host and Executive Editor of PBS’s “Media Matters.” In 2011, he was awarded the DeWitt Carter Reddick Award by the University of Texas for career achievement and was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Alex is a graduate of Washington & Lee University.