Jeffrey Blount is an award-winning novelist. "The Emancipation of Evan Walls" was the winner of the 2020 National Indie Excellence Award for African American fiction. He is also an Emmy award-winning television director and a 2016 inductee to the Virginia Communications Hall of Fame. During a 34-year career at NBC News, Jeffrey directed a decade of Meet The Press, The Today Show, NBC Nightly News and major special events. He is the first African American to direct The Today Show. He is also an award-winning documentary scriptwriter for films and interactives that are now on display in the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture. 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. A Virginia native, he graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a degree in communications and broadcast journalism. His latest book is "Mr. Jimmy from Around the Way."
Awards: 2020 National Indie Excellence Award for African American fiction, 2019 Readers Favorite Book Award, Shelf Unbound 2019 Notable Book
Communities: African American