Dustin Jones Dustin Jones is a reporter for NPR's digital news desk.
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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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A photo from June 17 shows empty formula shelves at a supermarket in Florida. An internal review found several factors contributed to the national baby formula shortage, but no one person or agency was listed as at fault. Wilfredo Lee/AP hide caption

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White-nose syndrome, a fungus that attacks bats during hibernation, is decimating bat populations across North America, including the tricolored bat pictured above. Darwin Brock/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service hide caption

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Mark David Chapman, shown in this 2018 photo, shot and killed John Lennon outside his Manhattan apartment building in 1980. Chapman was denied parole for the 12th time in August. New York State Department of Corrections via AP hide caption

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New York State Department of Corrections via AP

Sixty years ago, President John F. Kennedy delivered an address at Rice University to inspire Americans to support NASA's mission to the moon. In what became known as his "We Choose the Moon" speech, Kennedy promised to put an American astronaut on the moon before the end of the 1960s. Anonymous/AP hide caption

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From left to right: William Zabka as Johnny Lawrence, Ralph Macchio as Daniel LaRusso, Yuji Okumoto as Chozen Toguchi in Cobra Kai. The hit series' new season premiered Friday and already has a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. /Curtis Bonds Baker/NETFLIX hide caption

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The Miami-Dade County Public School Board voted against making October LGBTQ History Month. The board voted in favor of observing the history month last year, but reversed its decision to align with Florida's Parental Rights in Education bill. Miami-Dade County Public School Board screen grab hide caption

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Queen Elizabeth greets leader of the Conservative party Liz Truss at Balmoral Castle on Tuesday. The queen is under medical observation after her doctors became concerned about her health. WPA Pool/Getty Images hide caption

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Tariq and his family traveled from New York to South Dakota's corn palace for a ceremony honoring his new position as the state's official corn-bassador. Travel South Dakota hide caption

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The telescopes of the SPECULOOS Southern Observatory in the Atacama Desert, Chile. The telescopes were used to confirm and characterize a new planet discovered by NASA, which led to the discovery of another nearby planet. ESO/P.Holárek hide caption

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The puss caterpillar has venomous barbs along its hairy body. A sting from the insect causes extreme pain and can result in blisters that can last for weeks. North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation hide caption

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