Alex Jones Awarded Honorary Degree from Washington and Lee University

June 4, 2009

Two members of the Harvard Kennedy School family were honored during graduation ceremonies today (June 4) at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. Alex Jones, Laurence M. Lombard lecturer and director of the Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics, and Public Policy, and his wife Susan Tifft MPA/MC 1982, were each awarded honorary degrees from the university.

Jones, a 1968 graduate of Washington and Lee, moved from a newspaper in his home state of Tennessee to the New York Times,where he covered the press from 1983 to 1992 and won a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the collapse of the Bingham family’s newspaper dynasty in Louisville, Ky.

With his wife, Susan Tifft, Jones co-authored “The Patriarch: The Rise and Fall of the Bingham Dynasty” and “The Trust: The Private and Powerful Family Behind the New York Times.”From 1993 to 1997, Jones hosted National Public Radio’s “On the Media,” which examined all aspects of news coverage and media issues. He has also served as host and executive director of PBS’ “Media Matters.”

In 1998, he and Tifft were jointly named the Eugene C. Patterson Professor of the Practice of Journalism at Duke University. In 2000, Jones joined Harvard in his current capacity as the director of the Joan Shorenstein Center at the John F. Kennedy School of Government.

W&L recognized Jones for “his sterling career as an award-winning journalist and author.”

Tifft began a prolific career in journalism at Time magazine, where she was a national writer and associate editor from 1982 to 1991. She published hundreds of articles in such widely ranging and widely read publications as Time,The New Yorker,the New York Times,the Wall Street Journal, Smithsonian Magazine,the Chicago Tribune,the Los Angeles Times, Glamourand Working Woman.She earned a Master in Public Administration from the Kennedy School in 1982. She remains a professor at Duke University.

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Photo of Alex Jones and Susan Tifft at Washington and Lee University ceremony

Alex Jones (L) and his wife Susan Tifft (R) were awarded honorary degrees at Washington and Lee University Photo Credit: Washington and Lee University

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