Arthur Jones is an international journalist and author whose writing falls into two distinct categories: Catholic and financial. He has had a long association with the National Catholic Reporter and also written for Forbes, Financial Times, and other financial publications. He has published 12 books.
Born in Liverpool, England and long a U.S. citizen, Jones has an economics degree from Ruskin College, Oxford. Following a mandatory stint in the Royal Air Force, Jones moved to the United States in 1958, working initially for Gannett newspapers.
In 1962, he joined the Catholic Star-Herald in Camden, New Jersey. In 1963, Jones was the only Western journalist to report from Cuba. He filed articles about the suppression of the church there for the Catholic Star-Herald and Associated Press.
Jones joined Forbes magazine in 1969. As European bureau chief, he primarily wrote national economic overviews on countries such as Sweden, Spain, Britain and Germany. His high-level interviews included Iran’s Prime Minister Amir Abbas Hoveyda, Fiji’s Prime Minister Ratu Sir Kamasese Mara, and Sweden’s Olaf Palme. Jones was Washington correspondent of The Progressive in the early 1980s and has also been a Financial Times correspondent.
His forty years service with the National Catholic Reporter began in 1975 as editor. He later became the newspaper’s editor-at-large and then books editor. As editor, he sought to develop a cadre of journalists to cover the Catholic church’s activities with the same journalistic vigor as reporters on secular newspapers. He also applied Gospel social justice standards to analyze the ills of the American social, political, and economic systems.
Under his editorship, the newspaper contained widespread coverage of Central and Latin American to illustrate Catholics standing in solidarity against fascism, and of Poland and Eastern Europe, in their stand against communism. Jones’s personal reporting ranged from Vatican Bank shenanigans (1975) to the first exposé of the nationwide nature of Catholic clerical sexual abuse (1985).
The topics of his books range from spirituality to economics, reflecting the same spread of interests and concerns as his journalism. He has written three well-received biographies: of madcap magazine owner Malcolm Forbes; Pierre Toussaint, 19th-century Haitian ex-slave turned New York hairdresser; and M. Scott Peck, author of The Road Less Traveled.
Married for more than fifty years to Margie O’Brien, Jones has three children and two grandchildren. He lives in rural Maryland.