Jeff Ballou, news editor at Al Jazeera Media Network, is the 110th president of the National Press Club. A member since 1992, Ballou was elected to the National Press Club’s board of governors in 2012 and served as the Club’s 109th Vice President. Ballou is the first male African-American president of the Club.
A Pittsburgh native, Ballou helped launch Al Jazeera Media Network’s English language channel in 2006 and helped establish the channel’s State Department and Congressional beats, organized special events coverage and is part of a global editorial leadership team.
Ballou previously worked at WTTG-TV/FOX 5 DC as a planning editor, at CONUS as a general assignment and later, White House producer. He also has worked at C-SPAN, WAMU, WTOP and National Public Radio.
Ballou’s professional honors received during his 25-year career include team coverage conferrals such as DuPonts via Columbia University, Peabodys from the University of Georgia, Edward R. Murrows from the Radio Television Digital News Association, Emmys from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and spot news awards from the Associated Press.
Ballou has served as a two-term member of the executive committee of correspondents for the Congressional Radio and Television Gallery. He also is active in numerous organizations including the Society of Professional Journalists, the National Association of Black Journalists, the Capital Press Club and the White House Correspondents Association. He also is a member of Sigma Pi Phi fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and the D.C. Prince Hall Freemasons, where he presided over its oldest lodge, Social No. 1 in 2006, and received the fraternity’s highest honor, the 33rd degree in 2003. He also has served on the national and local boards for the Penn State Alumni Association.
Ballou graduated from Taylor Allderdice High School in Pittsburgh, and earned a bachelor's degree in journalism and African-American studies from Penn State University. He received the Hearst Broadcast News Fellowship, and took graduate coursework and taught at Howard University while earning a master's degree in journalism and public affairs from American University. He resides in Washington, DC.