COVID-19 Data Scientist and Whistleblower Rebekah Jones Is a Profile in Courage

In May 2020, when it came time to present data on reopening, Rebekah Jones—a Florida-based scientist who studies disaster research and communications—was ultimately fired for refusing to manipulate the numbers.

Words like “insubordinate,” “crazy” and “bitch” have now all been thrown at Jones in an effort to degrade and derail her. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has targeted Jones—the state of Florida issued an arrest warrant for Rebekah Jones on Jan. 16, 2021 for unauthorized computer access.