Rich joined Notre Dame after spending nearly 20 years working as a journalist, including a decade at The New York Times.
Jones led 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.
Rich was a reporter from 2001 to 2008; in 2014, he was named associate editor. As a reporter, he 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.
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.
A 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.
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.
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.
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