Michael L. Jones

With help from our members, Insider Louisville is — as promised — expanding the newsroom. Recently, we contracted with a local journalist who will cover a crucial beat for us — community news for neighborhoods such as Smoketown, Beechmont and Parkland.

Michael L. Jones is a freelance journalist as well as an author. His latest book Louisville Jug Music: From Earl McDonald to the National Jubilee (History Press) received the 2014 Samuel Thomas Book Award from the Louisville Historical League.

Michael studied journalism at the University of Kentucky and history at the University of Louisville. In 2003, he was among 10 writers selected nationally for the 2003 Academy of Alternative Journalism Fellowship at Northwestern University, an intensive three-month magazine writing course.

Michael has worked as a staff writer for LEO Weekly, the Louisville Defender, the Louisville Courier Journal and the Jeffersonville Evening News. He has received seven Metro Journalism Awards from the Louisville Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists for his reporting. He also received a 2013 Spirit of Louisville Award and a 2015 Community Service Award from the Louisville Metro Council.

Michael’s writing appears regularly in Insider Louisville, LEO Weekly, Louisville Magazine, Food & Dining – Louisville Edition, and Who’s Who Louisville: African American Profiles. He also sits on the board of directors of the National Jug Band Jubilee.

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