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Jeffrey Blount: Celebrated Author and NBC Veteran to Engage Fans at Onslow County Library Event.

The Onslow County Public Library is set to welcome renowned author and former NBC News director Jeffrey Blount for an exclusive book club event and signing session later this month.


Jeffrey Blount (Source: https://www.facebook.com/jblountauthor)
Jeffrey Blount (Source: https://www.facebook.com/jblountauthor)

The event, aimed at the library's Adult Book Club members, is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 29, beginning at 12:00 p.m. During this gathering, Blount will share insights into his latest work, "Mr. Jimmy from Around the Way." The Jacksonville Friends of the Library, the event's sponsor, will ensure attendees have the opportunity to purchase Blount’s books on-site, as detailed in a recent library announcement.


Jeffrey Blount has earned acclaim for his compelling storytelling across three novels. His literary achievements include the 2013 USA Best Book Award for "Almost Snow White," the 2013 Readers Favorite Book Award for young adult fiction for "Hating Heidi Foster," and the 2020 National Indie Excellence Award in African American fiction for "The Emancipation of Evan Walls." Furthermore, "The Emancipation of Evan Walls" has garnered multiple honors, including the 2019 Readers Favorite Book Award, the 2019 American Bookfest Best Book Award, and a place as a Shelf Unbound 2019 Notable Book.


Beyond his literary accomplishments, Blount is celebrated for his Emmy-winning direction in television, with a distinguished 34-year tenure at NBC News where he directed significant programs such as Meet the Press, The Today Show, and NBC Nightly News, in addition to numerous major events. His induction into the Virginia Communications Hall of Fame in 2016 highlights his contributions to the field.


Blount's expertise extends to writing, with contributions to HuffPost and publications such as The Washington Post and The Grio.com, where he discusses critical themes of race, social justice, and the art of writing.


His scriptwriting for documentaries has also been recognized, with works featured in prestigious institutions like the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture and The Newseum. These projects have received accolades including Cine Golden Eagle Awards, Muse Awards, and a Thea Award.


Jeffrey Blount’s commitment to education and literacy is evident through his roles as Journalist in Residence and Shapiro Fellow at The George Washington University's School of Media and Public Affairs, and his contributions to the advisory board of the Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture at Virginia Commonwealth University, his alma mater. His dedication is further demonstrated by his involvement with Reading Partners, a non-profit focusing on child literacy, where he serves on the national board.


Blount's professional journey and contributions to literature, television, and social causes have been recognized with the VCU Alumni Star award, celebrating his achievements and impact in these fields.

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