Jeffrey is the award-winning author of three novels — Almost Snow White, winner of the 2013 USA Best Book Awards. Hating Heidi Foster, winner of the 2013 Readers Favorite Book Award for young adult literature. The Emancipation of Evan Walls, winner of the 2020 National Indie Excellence Award for African American fiction, winner of the 2019 Readers Favorite Book Award, winner of the 2019 American Bookfest Best Book Award and a Shelf Unbound 2019 Notable Book. 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. His forthcoming novel, Mr. Jimmy From Around the Way will be released in January 2024.
He was a contributor for HuffPost and has been published in The Washington Post, The Grio.com and other publications, commenting on issues of race, social justice and writing. 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. the Newseum, America I AM: The African American Imprint at the National Constitution Center, The Museum at Bethel Woods, at the site of the 1969 Woodstock Music and Arts Fair, and others. These projects have won 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 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. Presently, he serves as a member of the national board of the non-profit Reading Partners, dedicated to the mission of child literacy. Born and raised in Smithfield, Virginia, he now lives in Washington, DC.
Jeffrey’s newest novel, Mr. Jimmy From Around the Way, is about a famous and beloved humanitarian who suffers a highly publicized, sudden, and severe fall from grace. In an attempt to hide from his sin, he buys a house in rural Mississippi— unaware that his new home/hideaway is perched on the edge of the poorest community in Ham, Mississippi. His new neighbors live aside his enormous wealth in abject poverty. Mr. Jimmy From Around the Way is a story about failure, self-discovery, empowerment, and the possibility of redemption.