Earlier this year, Jon broke the news that Stephen Moore, President Trump’s pick to join the Federal Reserve Board, had once owed $75,000 in federal taxes, and that Moore had been held in contempt of court for failing to pay his ex-wife $300,000 in spousal support. After Michael Cohen, then President Trump’s lawyer, named Sean Hannity as one of his other two clients, Jon quickly documented how Hannity had a previously unreported real estate portfolio that consisted of hundreds of properties.
In 2015, Jon was the lead reporter for The Counted, an investigative series on the deadly use of force by police. He also led the Guardian’s U.S. reporting in 2017 on the Paradise Papers, a coordinated effort by dozens of news organizations that exposed the offshore holdings of powerful individuals and companies.
Jon was previously a U.S.-based correspondent for The Daily Telegraph. In 2009, he was a member of the Telegraph reporting team that exposed the abuse of expense accounts by members of the U.K. Parliament, stories that led to a large number of resignations, retirements and criminal prosecutions.
Jon, a University of Cambridge graduate with a degree in social and political sciences, will split his time between Washington and New York, where his wife, Maraithe Thomas, is an assistant managing editor at the New Yorker. They live in Brooklyn with their cat, Baxter. Jon enjoys running and is training for his third marathon.
Jon starts Dec. 9. He will spend his first two months in town and is eager to get to know the newsroom. Please join us in welcoming him.