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Ken Jones, distinguished journalist and author has died

Published:Wednesday | July 1, 2015 | 3:14 PM
Ken Jones, passed away peacefully this morning after an extended illness.

Distinguished journalist and author, Ken Jones, passed away peacefully this morning after an extended illness, at the Doctor’s Community Hospital in Maryland.

He was surrounded by family members. 

Jones, a justice of the peace and Commander of the Order of Distinction 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 1957-62 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 in the early 1960s and was the first JIS TV producer and presenter.  Later, in the early 1980s, he returned to the JIS and served as Executive Director for four years. 

Other highlights:

*1972-75 - Chief Executive Officer of Public Relations Associates, the first full service PR company in Jamaica

*1984-90 - Information Officer at the Jamaican Embassy in Washington, DC and as Community Relations director for North America based at the New York Consulate General. 

*2008-09 - Information Director in the Office of the Prime Minister.

Mr. Jones wrote and published several books on Marcus Garvey, Sir Alexander Bustamante and Lady Bustamante.

Up to earlier this year he was a columnist for the Jamaica Observer.

He was also a founding president of the Harbour View Citizens' Association and the Jamaica America Society and served on the first executive of the Jamaica Football Federation. 

He was also General Secretary of the Farquharson Institute of Public Affairs and a member of the Friends of Liberty Hall during the period of restoration.