Layla A. Jones (she/her) was a general assignment reporter for Billy Penn from 2019 to 2021. Her work has helped underserved community organizations, earned free repairs for property owners who sustained damages in a police shootout, and brought increased attention to a particularly dangerous North Philadelphia corner. She focuses most on covering Black life, subculture, social politics, and workforce issues.
Previously, she worked as a communications director for Councilwoman Cindy Bass, as a political reporter for the Philadelphia Tribune, and as an arts and entertainment web producer at The Inquirer.
Layla has a journalism degree from Temple University, with a specialization in magazine writing and a minor in political science.