Arthur Jones is a journalist and book author. In his career as an international journalist, he focused on Catholic/Christian, financial and political topics. He had a long association with the National Catholic Reporter and also wrote for Forbes, Financial Times, World Trade, and other financial publications. Jones has published one novel, The Jesus Spy, and 12 non-fiction books, which span biography, spirituality, and finance/economics.
Born in Liverpool, England, and long a U.S. citizen, Jones has a Dip.Econ.Oxon (Economics) 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).
During the 1990s, Jones was a regular radio broadcaster for RTE (Ireland) and Australian National Radio.
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 M. Scott Peck, author of The Road Less Traveled; Pierre Toussaint, the 19th-century Haitian ex-slave turned New York hairdresser; and madcap magazine owner Malcolm Forbes.
Married for more than fifty years, Jones and his wife live in Maryland. They have three children and two grandchildren.