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Jeffrey Blount

Executive Communication Coach

Jeffrey is an Emmy award-winning television director with 34 years of network television experience.  Over that span, he has directed a decade of Meet The Press, helping take that show from a half hour to an hour and from the third rated Sunday morning political program to the top rated show.  He directed The Sunday Today show, The Today Show, the Washington portions of NBC Nightly News for over fifteen years and eleven years of The Chris Matthews Show.  He has been a part of NFL broadcasts and major Washington events such as State of the Union and rebuttal responses, the funerals of President Reagan and Ford, Presidential addresses, press conferences and election night coverage.

Also at NBC, Jeffrey worked as a trainer for on-air talent.  He worked with NBC executives and has trained many of the MSNBC/NBC correspondents and expert/pundits presently on the air.  As an executive communications coach, he has worked with corporate leaders, educational leaders and athletes including training all of the rookies in the National Hockey League for the past two years.

Jeffrey has put his writing talent to use working with Joe Cortina of Cortina Productions.  He has written scripts for films produced by Joe that are now on display in the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture, the Muhammad Ali Center, The Newseum, The New England Patriots Museum, 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 2009 Thea Award.

Jeffrey is also the author of two novels.  Almost Snow White, winner of the 2013 USA Best Book Awards and Hating Heidi Foster, winner of the 2013 Readers Favorite Book Award for young adult literature.

Recently Jeffrey was inducted into the Virginia Communications Hall of Fame and also serves as a member of the Advisory Board at the Robertson School of Media and Culture at Virginia Commonwealth University, his alma mater.  A Virginia native, he graduated from VCU with a degree in Mass Communications/Broadcast journalism.