Since 1997 Jeffery Jones has been working as a staff photojournalist for The Gallup Independent in Gallup, NM. The Independent covers a large portion of the Navajo Nation reservation lands. As a photographer for this local newspaper Jeffery covers a variety of assignments from spot news to sports to advertising, as well as working on personal projects that include photographing the vast landscape. Prior to relocating to New Mexico Jeffery worked as a photographer and then photo editor for The Minnesota Daily while completing his undergraduate degree in visual communication and journalism at the University of Minnesota.
Jeffery's start in professional photography began in 1988 when he worked as a photographer and assistant studio manager for David Bank Studios in Minneapolis, and he gained experience working as a custom and retail lab printer in Minneapolis. While attending the University of Minnesota he focused on photojournalism and interned for a summer at the Pulitzer-prize winning newspaper, The Forum, in Fargo, North Dakota.
Jeffery uses Nikon cameras exclusively, and is capable of shooting assignments using the Nikon D2H and D100 cameras, depending on the needs of his clients. Past clients have included The New York Times, The Philadelphia Enquirer, The San Jose Mercury News and The Chicago Tribune. Additionally he regularly submits photos to the Associated Press wire service, and has won multiple awards from the APME for his work.