Jeffrey Blount is an award-winning author and an Emmy award-winning television director with 34 years of network television experience.
During his career, he won an Emmy, directed a decade of Meet The Press, NBC Nightly News, The Chris Matthews Show, major special events and was the first African-American to direct The Today Show. Jeffrey’s most recent novel, The Emancipation of Evan Walls, is the winner of the 2021 National Indie Excellence Award for African American Fiction, the 2019 Readers Favorite Book Award, the 2019 American Bookfest Best Book Award and a Shelf Unbound 2019 Notable Book.
He is also the author of Almost Snow White, winner of the 2013 USA Best Book Awards and Hating Heidi Foster, winner of the 2013 Readers Favorite Book Award for YA Literature. Jeffrey is also an accomplished public speaker, commenting on issues of race, social justice, and writing.
He was a contributor for HuffPost and has been published in The Washington Post, The Grio.com and other publications. He is also an award-winning documentary script writer for films that are now on display in the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture, the Muhammad Ali Center, America I Am: The African American Imprint, The Museum at Bethel Woods/Woodstock and others.
With these projects came the honor of multiple Cine Golden Eagle Awards, Muse Awards, and a Thea Award. In 2017 and 2018, Jeffrey served as Journalist in Residence and Shapiro Fellow at the School of Media and Public Affairs at The George Washington University.
Recently, Jeffrey earned his university’s alumni achievement award – the VCU Alumni Star – for his professional achievements as a director at NBC, script writer and author. He is also an inductee of the Virginia Communications Hall of Fame. He also served as a member of the advisory board at the Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture at Virginia Commonwealth University, his alma mater.
At present, Jeffrey serves on the National Board of Reading Partners. A Virginia native, he graduated from VCU with a degree in Mass Communications/Broadcast Journalism.