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Tuesday, October 3, 2006

Pulitzer Prize winner and former Clinton spokesman dies

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Arthur Jones with President Bill Clinton and Pope John Paul II in 1993. (Globe Archive Photo)

Arthur L. Jones of Newton, a Pulitzer Prize-winning former Boston Globe reporter and deputy press secretary under President Clinton, has died of complications from treatment for leukemia. He was 61.

Jones died Monday at Brigham and Women's Hospital. He was part of the staff at The Boston Globe that was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Meritorious Public Service in 1975 for the paper's coverage of school desegregation. He also was an award-winning reporter for WBZ-TV.

After leaving the media in 1981, Jones taught journalism at Boston University before becoming a spokesman for Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis, Boston Mayor Raymond Flynn and, from 1993 to 1995, President Clinton. Most recently, he was director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology news office.

Born in Baltimore, Jones moved to Newburyport, with his family when he was a teenager. He attended Boston University and Columbia University, then worked for the Newburyport Daily News and the former Boston Herald Traveler before moving on to the Globe.

Jones leaves his wife of 13 years, Karen, his mother and two daughters.

-- AP

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