Solomon Jones is an Essence bestselling author and award-winning journalist who has been featured nationally on NPR’s Morning Edition, CNN Headline News, in Essence magazine, and in a Verizon advertising campaign called Realize, which spotlighted entrepreneurs who overcame adversity to succeed. Jones is currently an award-winning columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News and morning host for 900 am WURD radio in Philadelphia. In addition, he is a blogger and frequent on-air commentator for NPR-affiliate WHYY.
Jones created Words on the Street, which partners educational, corporate, nonprofit, and media entities to impact literacy through the power of writing. As an instructor at the Philadelphia School District’s Parent University, he has served as spokesman for the district’s Read for Your Life program, served on the board of the Philadelphia Committee to End Homelessness, visited each of Philadelphia’s municipal prisons to promote reading, and served on the Community Advisory Board of The Doe Fund, an organization that helps homeless men reclaim their lives. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife and two youngest children, and he is currently at work on his next novel.