Jonathan Jones is an attorney, writer, educator and advocate. He has two primary areas of interest in the law: protecting the rights of those who have been charged with crimes and ensuring that citizens have access to government records and meetings.

After law school Jones joined the Durham County District Attorney’s Office as an assistant district attorney. He spent his first year in the prosecutor’s office focused on misdemeanor domestic violence cases. He then moved to the traffic court where he prosecuted driving while impaired cases and less serious traffic offenses.

He joined the North Carolina Open Government Coalition as its executive director in the fall of 2013 and took a co-appointment on the faculty of Elon University’s School of Communications, where he taught media law and ethics. At the open government coalition, his work focused on educating the public about their rights under the N.C. Public Records Law and the N.C. Open Meetings Law. He became a recognized authority on government transparency and routinely appeared in news reports across the state.

While in law school, Jones served as the editor in chief of the First Amendment Law Review and as president of the DTH Media, Corp., which is a nonprofit that publishes The Daily Tar Heel newspaper. He volunteered with the UNC Innocence Project, and he interned with the N.C. Office of the Appellate Defender, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and the Durham District Attorney’s Office.

Prior to law school, Jones was an award-winning journalist who worked at newspapers in Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina.


  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – B.A. Journalism – 2001
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – M.A. Mass Communication – 2011
  • University of North Carolina School of Law – J.D. – 2011


  • North Carolina – 2011


  • 14th Judicial District Bar Association
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • North Carolina Bar Association