Ross Jones

Investigative Reporter

Ross Jones is an investigative reporter whose work has exposed corruption and waste at all levels of government, sent public officials to prison and into hiding and changed Michigan law.

His most recent investigation revealed how nearly 150 sudden and suspicious deaths of Michigan psychiatric patients went ignored by state watchdogs for years. The reports revealed evidence of substandard care and premature discharge by state-licensed hospitals, triggered probes into 71 deaths and ultimately changed Michigan law.

His 8-month investigation of Detroit’s 911 system revealed systemic failures that prompted the removal of the department’s director, the discipline of more than 30 employees and new policies credited with driving down response times.

Ross reports extensively on local and state government. In 2018, he revealed that the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office failed to collect critical DNA evidence from more than a thousand convicted felons. His years of reporting on the failures of Michigan’s mental health system led to changes to Michigan’s mental health code.

Ross’s investigations have led to the imprisonment of a host of elected officials and triggered multiple FBI investigations. His investigation into misconduct by the longtime president of the Detroit City Council led to his resignation and ultimate conviction over the sexual abuse of a minor. His investigations into corruption and waste inside Wayne County government spurred a series of indictments and firings that helped reshape county government.

He returns to WXYZ-TV from the Scripps Washington Bureau. While there, Ross reported on police misconduct nationwide, abhorrent treatment of mentally ill children and the influx of dark money throughout the 2016 presidential race.

His investigations have garnered local, regional and national awards including the duPont-Columbia Award, regarded as broadcast journalism's highest honor. He is a graduate of Michigan State University, where he earned a degree in journalism.

Most of Ross's stories begin with a tip. Contact him at or call him directly at (248) 827-9466.

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