Alcorn alumna Brittany Noble-Jones recognized by Delux Magazine
2014 was a great year for St. Louis, Mo. native and Alcorn State University alumna Brittany Noble-Jones. At the peak of the controversial Darren Wilson shooting of Ferguson, Mo. teenager Michael Brown, Noble-Jones not only navigated her way through the madness, but she was the first reporter to get an interview with Brown’s mother.
“Interviewing Brown’s mother the day he was shot motivated me to get answers for her,” said Noble-Jones. “She just wanted to know what happened to her son and I wanted to help her.”
The emotional interview is one of many accomplishments that’s led Noble-Jones to being recognized by St. Louis publication Delux Magazine, who honored Noble-Jones for her success in journalism at their event, “Delux Cares: People Who Inspire” April 8 at the Breve Wine Gallery in St. Louis, Mo.
Delux Magazine is an urban lifestyle guide to new fashion, living, culture, trends, and art. Delux Magazine is an exclusive passport to what’s hot around the world without leaving your home. The magazine is published six times per year and is based in St. Louis, Mo. with regional coverage from other major metropolitan cities such as New York, Phoenix, Atlanta, Dallas, Chicago, Memphis and Washington D.C.
Besides her coverage of the Michael Brown shooting, Noble-Jones also gained national attention when she was the only reporter to report on Terry Robinson, a St. Louis man who alleged police misconduct after he said he was unjustly detained in March 2014.
Noble-Jones, who earned her bachelor’s degree in mass communications from Alcorn State University, joined News 4 in St. Louis as a general assignment reporter in January 2013. She can be seen at 5 a.m. and 6 a.m. Monday through Friday. Prior to joining News 4, she worked as a reporter and substitute anchor at WEYI-TV, an NBC affiliate in Flint, Mich. She started her on-air career as a reporter at WBBJ-TV, an ABC affiliate in Jackson, Tenn. She earned a master’s degree from Arkansas State University.
Noble-Jones felt honored to be noticed by her hometown magazine.
“It was exciting to be honored by Delux Magazine. I work hard to tell stories that help people. It feels good to know that other people appreciate my work and some are even inspired by it.”
The many twists and turns of journalism can be nerve wrecking, but Noble-Jones’ commitment to her craft has kept her going strong. She hopes to be an inspiration to those who are striving for greatness despite different circumstances.
“I hope to inspire people. I want others to know that hard work does pay off. It doesn’t matter what your background is or where you went to school. You can succeed. I don’t think my work in television will ever stop, but I am proud of myself for pushing through even when I was ready to give up.”
According to her biography on her webpage, Noble-Jones enjoys mentoring people through her motivational speeches during her leisure time. She concluded this interview with encouraging words for those who aspire to accomplish their career goals.
“I would like to say to the young people, especially young journalists, to push for your dreams and don’t let anyone tell you no. Be ready and willing at all times.”