Jeanne Blake is a communications specialist, author, award-winning television journalist and president and founder of Blake Works, a WBENC-Certified Women's Business Enterprise.
Blake Works provides communications consulting services including media coaching, presentation training, video production, group facilitation and moderating, writing and crisis communications. Jeanne speaks nationally in corporate and community settings.
Clients include 3M, BNY Mellon, Department of Defense, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Roche, Partners HealthCare and MetLife.
Jeanne has appeared on Oprah, The Today Show, Cristina and CNN, and her work has been featured on NPR and Bloomberg Radio.
She founded Blake Works and Family Health Productions (501 c 3 non-profit) in 1991, after a successful sixteen year-career as a news anchor and reporter in major market television stations in Minneapolis, Atlanta and Boston.
Jeanne created House Calls, one of the nation’s first television medical segments, at the ABC affiliate, KMSP-TV, in Minneapolis. She was the first journalist to report the case of the missing and murdered children in Atlanta, at the CBS affiliate, WAGA-TV, for which she earned international recognition. Jeanne was the first host of the award-winning nightly program Chronicle, in Boston, at the ABC affiliate, WCVB-TV. At the CBS affiliate, WBZ-TV, Jeanne created the station’s first medical and science beat and was a news anchor. She earned the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Journalism Award; was presented the Governor’s Recognition Award by Governor Michael Dukakis; earned two Associated Press Awards; and was recognized by The Human Rights Campaign for her “sensitive coverage of the AIDS epidemic.” Americans for Democratic Action recognized Jeanne for her “outstanding leadership in the field of healthcare.” The Massachusetts Public Health Association recognized her for “significant contributions in public service on behalf of public health.”
Blake Works and Family Health Productions have produced an expansive, award-winning library of Words Can Work® multimedia, to guide families and communities in talking about the public health challenges youth face growing up. These products are used internationally by tens of thousands of organizations, corporations and communities in health, wellness and education programs. They are also featured in webinars and trainings produced by Blake Works and facilitated by Jeanne.
In 2010 and 2011, Blake Works partnered with The Satcher Health Leadership Institute, founded by former U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher, M.D., to develop a national series of NFL-sponsored Town Hall meetings on concussions and mental health. Jeanne consulted in the development of the forums and facilitated the events.
She received the 2010 Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology Humanitarian Award for her exemplary writing, video production and national speaking about mental health.
In 2007, Jeanne was executive producer of all video content for “Parents Matter,” the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s program to help families talk about sexual health.
Jeanne’s first book, Risky Times: How to be AIDS-Smart and Stay Healthy (Workman), was featured on Oprah and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. It was named to the American Library Association's lists of Best Books for the Young Adult Reader and Best Books for the Reluctant Reader. Nearly a quarter million copies are in print in English, Spanish and Japanese. Jeanne also contributed to AIDS: Prevention Through Education: A World View (Oxford Press).
Jeanne is a trustee of McLean Hospital, Harvard Medical School’s largest psychiatric facility. She is an affiliated faculty member at Harvard Medical School’s Division on Addiction. Jeanne served as a member of the American Psychological Association's Task Force on the Sexualization of Girls and was a Kaiser Media Fellow in Health. She is the volunteer president of The Perfect Storm Foundation, which she co-founded with best-selling author Sebastian Junger.
Jeanne lives in Gloucester, Massachusetts, and New York City.