HONOLULU (AP) — The Associated Press has named Caleb Jones as its Hawaii administrative correspondent to oversee breaking news and enterprise in the state.
The announcement was made Wednesday by West Regional Editor Traci Carl, who oversees news for 13 states.
Jones worked as an intern during the 2004 national political conventions in Boston and New York before becoming a freelance photographer in Washington in 2005, a staff photo editor in 2007 and, most recently, a news producer at the Nerve Center in New York. As a freelance photographer, he covered Capitol Hill, the White House and the State Department for the AP, with his photographs appearing in The New York Times, Newsweek Magazine and many other publications.
In the past four years, Jones has become an industry leader at locating, verifying and obtaining user-generated content, and has beta-tested new platforms and used social media as a reporting tool. He has contributed content to stories including Iraq, Syria and the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
"Caleb is a true all-formats journalist with a comprehensive view of both the AP and the journalism industry overall," Carl said. "He will ensure that Hawaii's state report has the breadth and depth it deserves."
Jones, 37, attended the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, graduating with a bachelor's degree in English and a concentration in journalism. He began his career as a photojournalist at the North Adams Transcript in North Adams, Massachusetts.
"Caleb is bringing new skills and a broad outlook to the bureau in Honolulu," said John Raess, chief of bureau for Hawaii. "We are all looking forward to his impact on the Hawaii report."
Jones currently lives in New Jersey with his wife, Sarah, and daughter, Chloe, 4. He will begin his work on March 30 in Honolulu.