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Octavio Jones


I’m Octavio Jones, a frequent contributor to WUSF, and native of Washington D.C. I’ve also spent an extensive time of my life in North Carolina.

I am a proud HBCU graduate of Saint Augustine’s College (now Saint Augustine’s University) in Raleigh, North Carolina. I am an independent photojournalist who has worked assignments for several media outlets such as NPR, New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Rolling Stone, Buzz Feed, HuffPost, CNN, People, ELLE Decor, The Washington Post, and The Rolling Stone.

Prior to going independent, I’ve worked for the Tampa Bay Times, formerly the St. Petersburg Times, for nearly 10 years. I have a passion for telling the stories of marginalized communities through photographs.

I also have an innate curiosity and drive for human connection that compels me to document the lives of individuals, frequently highlighting the challenges and effects of poverty.