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Dustin Jones

Dustin Jones

Reporter, Digital News

Dustin Jones is a reporter for NPR's digital news desk. He mainly covers breaking news, but enjoys working on long-form narrative pieces.

Jones got his start at NPR in September 2020 as the organization's first intern through a partnership with Military Veterans in Journalism. He interned as a producer for All Things Considered on the weekends, and then as a reporter for the Newsdesk.

He kickstarted his journalism career as a local reporter in Southwest Montana, just outside of Yellowstone National Park. From there he went on to study at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism where he focused on documentary production and book publication.

Jones served four years in the Marine Corps with tours to Iraq and Afghanistan. The New Hampshire native has lived all over the country, but currently resides in Southern California.

When Jones isn't writing for NPR, he is reporting for his local newspaper and freelancing as a video producer for the Military Times. Outside of work, he enjoys surfing, snowboarding and tearing up the dancefloor, sometimes all in the same day.

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Marine Capt. Meleah Martin performing preflight inspections on her F-18 aircraft. Martin is concerned not just about her right to get an abortion, but the threat of not being able to marry the woman she loves one day. Gregory Oh/Gregory Oh hide caption

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A slew of companies will cover travel expenses for employees that have to travel out of their state for an abortion after the Supreme Court overturned federal protections for the procedure. Gemunu Amarasinghe/AP hide caption

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Education Secretary Miguel Cardona speaks at the White House on April 27. The Biden administration proposed a dramatic rewrite of campus sexual assault rules on Thursday, moving to expand protections for LGBTQ students, bolster the rights of victims and widen colleges' responsibilities in addressing sexual misconduct. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

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Bison graze at Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming in 2019. Grand Teton National Park is located near Yellowstone and remains fully open as an alternate travel destination while Yellowstone works to recover from flooding. Daniel Slim/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Brit Oliphant connected with her fourth-grade student, Seth Snyder through skateboarding. Brit was shocked to find out Seth was so passionate about skating but didn't have a skateboard of his own. She started an organization, Boards 4 Buddies, to change that. Nic Hibdige hide caption

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A dozen students at Sitʼ Eeti Shaanáx̱ Glacier Valley Elementary School in Juneau, Alaska, ingested floor sealant during breakfast on Tuesday, believing it was milk. At least one student sought medical attention at a hospital. Ben Hohenstatt/AP hide caption

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March for Our Lives demonstrators at a rally in Los Angeles in 2018. The activist group can typically be spotted donning blue and white colors. Meanwhile, the March for Life movement is often seen with red and white colors. Sarah Morris/Getty Images hide caption

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This weekend's heat wave will stretch from south Texas to California, where temperatures will climb as high as 115 degrees. This map is for Saturday's forecast. National Weather Service hide caption

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LeBron James poses at the premiere of the film Hustle on June 1 at the Regency Village Theatre in Los Angeles. James' net worth recently broke $1 billion, making him the first ever active NBA player to become a billionaire. Chris Pizzello/Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP hide caption

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Vikki and Mark Pier visit the grave of their son, Noah, who was buried at Arlington National Cemetery in July 2011. They used to visit every few months, but they have been unable to make it in recent years. Erin Stalnaker hide caption

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A memorial for the Robb Elementary School victims outside of Little Coyotes Day Care Center in Uvalde, Texas. Since Wednesday, another eight people have been killed and 45 injured in mass shootings. Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images hide caption

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People pay their respects on Thursday at a memorial set up outside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, the scene of the United States' most recent mass shooting. The killing of 19 children and two adults has reignited heated debates over gun control. Dario Lopez-Mills/AP hide caption

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