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About Rebekah Jones

From the rural Mississippi Gulf Coast to Forbes' 2020 and first-ever Technology Person of the Year, Rebekah's unlikely rise to internationally-acclaimed scientist, national hero and pop culture icon started during the COVID-19 Pandemic. 

Rebekah stood up to corruption when asked to manipulate COVID-19 data in Florida. She used her fame for good when running against Congress' most-hated representative - Matt Gaetz. Continuing her mission to serve as an advocate for evidence-based decision making and an informed public, Rebekah joined former Congressional candidate Dr. Cindy Banyai to help shine a light on dark mistruths and the people who propagate them.

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2021 & 2022 – National Whistleblower Day Honoree

2021 – Finalist, DAMA International 2021 Data Management Excellence Awards

2021 – Constantine & Cannon’s Whistleblower of the Year

2020 – Forbes’ 2020 Tech Person of the Year

2020 – Winner, Samuel Lawrence Foundation Prize

2020- Elemental’s 50 Experts to Trust During a Pandemic.

2020- Fortune Magazine’s 40 Under 40 (2020) in Healthcare



Florida State University

Ph.D. Geography. 2016- 2018 (ABD), Dissertation working title: Using Native American Sitescapes to Extend the North American Paleotempestological Record through Coupled Remote Sensing and Climatological Analysis. 


Louisiana State University

M.S. Geography, Mass Communication. May 2014. Thesis title: Quantifying the Impact of Hurricanes, Mid-Latitude Cyclones and Other Weather and Climate Extreme Events on the Mississippi-Alabama Barrier Islands Using Remotely Sensed Data


2016: Grant Award, The National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine: “Multidisciplinary knowledge integration to support Louisiana coastal indigenous communities’ response to natural and technological disasters and adaptation to climate change.” GIS Research and grant co-author, $312,000

2016: Grant Award, Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Rockefeller Foundation's National Disaster Resilience Competition, Relocation and Settlement of the Isle de Jean Charles Band of the Biloxi-Chitimacha Tribe, Researcher, grant co-author and advisor, $48,000,000

2015: Winner, First Place, Gilbert F. White Thesis/Dissertation Award from the Hazards, Risks and Disasters Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers, Annual Conference; San Francisco, Ca.

2014: Winner, First place, Graduate Student Paper Presentation Contest, Paleo-environmental Change Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers, Annual Conference; Tampa.

2014: Winner, Second Place, and Audience Favorite, Three Minute Thesis Competition, Louisiana State University (University-wide)

2014: Grant Award, West-Russell Field Research Grant: “Catastrophism, Gradualism and the Mississippi Gulf Coast.” $500

2013: Winner, First Place, Graduate student poster competition, Southwestern Division of the Association of American Geographers 2013 Annual Conference; Nacogdoches, Texas

2013: Dean Appointment to the Louisiana State University Transition Advisory Committee, one of two graduate students representing the student body.


Syracuse University

B.A. Geography, Newspaper and Online Journalism. Cum Laude. August 2012. Focus points: Environmental and Political Journalism, Remote Sensing, and Natural Hazards.


  1. 2022 Whistleblowers of America keynote address, Sept. 2022

  2. 2022 National Whistleblower Day speaker, July 2022

  3. 2022 Florida Young Democrats, Panelist and Gala Speaker, April 2022

  4. 2021 National Whistleblower Day speaker, July 2021

  5. 2021 American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting, Keynote

  6. 2020 PBS Newshour Special Event, Panelist

  7. 2020 NEURISA Chapter Annual Meeting, Keynote

  8. 2020 Data Science Conference on COVID-19, Keynote

  9. 2020 Women in GIS Special Event, Special Event

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