Will Jones
Will Jones joined the ABC 7 Eyewitness News team as a general assignment reporter in January 2016. He became the station's first race and culture reporter in January 2021.

In this role he also works alongside a team of reporters and executive producers with ABC Owned Television Stations' race and culture unit on special projects for the station group.

While at ABC7, Jones has covered a variety of stories including the civil unrest following the killing of George Floyd, the COVID-19 pandemic and the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series in 2016.

Before arriving in Chicago, Jones worked at WDIV-TV in Detroit, Michigan. While there he was honored with a Michigan Regional Emmy for Historical/Cultural News for a report on asylum-seekers at Freedom House Detroit. Jones spent many hours each week volunteering at the nonprofit helping the new arrivals adjust to American life and learn English.

He has also worked as a reporter at WHNS-TV in Greenville, South Carolina and WSAZ-TV in Charleston, West Virginia. Jones got his start in the industry on the assignment desk at WXIX-TV in his hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Jones graduated from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

He's a former board member of the National Association of Black Journalists-Chicago Chapter. While on the board, he led the scholarship committee, awarding thousands of dollars to college students pursuing careers in journalism. The chapter received the NABJ Chapter of the Year award in 2018. Jones remains an active member of NABJ-CC and NABJ.

Jones lives in the city with his wife, Monica. The couple got married in August 2020. They were featured in "The New York Times" vows section.





Will's Stories
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The city of Chicago and Mayor Lightfoot hosted a Summer Action Summit for youth at Malcom X College.
CPS' Skinner North integrates Asian American history into curriculum in interactive ways
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Lightfoot defends Millennium Park curfew for minors after deadly 'Bean' shooting
There is a new curfew in Chicago after a 16-year-old boy was gunned down near a popular tourist attraction this weekend.
Mayor Lightfoot announces changes to citywide curfew, Millennium Park restrictions after shooting
Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced a Millennium Park curfew for unaccompanied minors after a violent weekend downtown.
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Chicago comedian reflects on Filipino background, challenges stereotypes on stage
On stage, comedian Leah Eva Smith uses her background as a Filipino immigrant to make people laugh and to challenge stereotypes.
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Where you live in the City of Chicago correlates with your access to internet, according to new research by the University of Chicago's Internet Equity Initiative.
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North Side performer tackles mental health in the Asian American community through storytelling
May is Mental Health Awareness Month and Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.