Long-time journalist Ken Jones is dead
Distinguished journa-list and author Ken Jones, CD, JP died yesterday morning after an extended illness, at the Doctor's Community Hospital in Maryland. He was surrounded by family members.
Ken Jones began his career as a journalist in 1947 as a sportswriter with the Jamaica Daily Express and later served as acting editor of the Public Opinion. From 1957 to 1962, he served as editor of the Welfare Reporter, a community development publication of the Jamaica Social Development Commission which was listed by the United Nations organisation as one of the leading publications of its type.
He held posts with the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) in the early 1960s and was the first JIS TV producer and presenter. In the early '80s, he served as its executive director for four years.
Jones worked at Kaiser Bauxite, Alpart and Goodyear Jamaica as public and community relations director. From 1972-75, he was the chief executive officer of Public Relations Associates, the first full service PR company in Jamaica, partnering with the late Desmond Henry and the late Ralston Smith.
He also served in the foreign service in the Jamaican Embassy in Washington, DC, and at the New York Consulate General.
Jones, who served as information director in the Office of the Prime Minister, wrote and published several books on Marcus Garvey, Sir Alexander Busta-mante and Lady Bustamante.
Up to earlier this year, he was a columnist for the Jamaica Observer.
He is survived by three children, grandchildren and great, grandchildren. His wife, Gloria, predeceased him in March 2013.