LeAlan Marvin Jones (born May 8, 1979) is an American journalist who lives in Chicago’s South Shore. His radio documentaries have acquired vital acclaim and quite a few awards. Jones was the Green Party’s 2010 nominee for United States Senate from Illinois.
An early May ballot noticed Jones taking 5% of the vote. Following the controversy over Mark Kirk embellishing his navy report, Jones noticed a spike in his ballot numbers. A June survey made by Public Policy Polling noticed Jones selecting up 14% of the vote behind Mark Kirk’s 30% and Alexi Giannoulias with 31%. Jones completed with 3.18% of the vote.
Jones ran unopposed within the Green Party major and gained the nomination. He ran towards Republican Mark Kirk, Democrat Alexi Giannoulias, and Libertarian Mike Labno within the basic election in November 2010.
At the peak of the Rod Blagojevich scandal, Jones made the choice to run for United States Senate. In 2009, he introduced his candidacy within the 2010 election for the seat at the moment held by Roland Burris. Burris, who was appointed by Governor Blagojevich to fill the seat vacated by Barack Obama following Obama’s election as President of the United States, selected to not search re-election.
Jones is the visionary for the Aspiring Youth Take A Student To your Employment (TASTE) Program. The Take A Student To your Employment Program was created after Jones spoke to Aspiring Youth college students in Chicago. He thought that whereas it’s useful for college students to listen to from inspiring audio system, the scholars would profit much more if they might go to workplaces to see why college is necessary and what they should do with their training to get an excellent job sometime. The TASTE Program has introduced greater than 13,500 college students to workplaces nationwide.
Jones graduated from Chicago’s Dr. Martin Luther King High School in 1997. He studied criminology at Florida State University the place he turned a member of Kappa Alpha Psi within the Spring of 1998 earlier than transferring to Barat College in Lake Forest, Illinois in 2001. He acquired a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Science.
The two documentaries and additional footage from when Jones and Newman had been nearing highschool commencement had been condensed right into a e-book printed in 1997 titled Our America: Life and Death on the South Side of Chicago.
Jones and Newman made a second documentary in 1994, The 14 Stories of Eric Morse, which explored the backgrounds of the folks concerned with Eric Morse, a five-year-old boy who was tragically thrown from a fourteenth-story window within the Chicago initiatives by two older boys. The documentary premiered on NPR’s All Things Considered in 1996. It gained the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award and a Peabody Award.
At the age of 13, Jones and his buddy Lloyd Newman created a radio documentary for NPR titled Ghetto Life 101. Jones was contacted by David Isay, who was producing a chunk on poverty for Chicago Public Radio station WBEZ. The documentary illustrated life within the South Side of Chicago in 1993. The recordings made by the duo centered round interviews with the boys’ households, pals, and members of the neighborhood. The broadcast was effectively acquired, and praised for its uncooked portrayal of life within the initiatives in Chicago. It gained a number of awards, together with the Sigma Delta Chi Award, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s Awards for Excellence in Documentary Radio and Special Achievement in Radio Programming.
Jones grew up on the South Side of Chicago, a block from the Ida B. Wells housing undertaking. He was raised by his grandparents, Gus and June Jones, in the identical home his household had lived in for the reason that Nineteen Thirties. He was a junior spokesperson for the No Dope Express Foundation, a youth training and anti-drug group.