Jeffrey Blount was born and raised in Smithfield, VA. He graduated in 1981 from Virginia Commonwealth University with a degree in Mass Communications/Broadcast Journalism. He is a writer and Emmy award-winning television director.
During a 34-year career at NBC News, Jeffrey directed a decade of “Meet The Press”, The Today Show, NBC Nightly News, The Chris Matthews Show and major special events.
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.
Awards and Special Recognition…
2018 Shapiro Fellow and Journalist in Residence at The School of Media and Public Affairs, The George Washington University.
2017 Communication Arts’ 24th Interactive Annual Competition, Scriptwriting for The Smithsonian’s Museum of African American History and Culture
2016 Inductee of the Virginia Communications Hall of Fame
Thea Award – Script writing for The Newseum
Muse Award/Bronze – Script writing for The Museum at Bethel Woods
National Emmy Award for Election Night Live Event 2008 – NBC News
Muse Award/Bronze – Script writing for The Muhammad Ali Center –“The Greatest”
Cine Golden Eagle Award – Script writing for The Muhammad Ali Center – “If You Can Dream”