Jacquie Jones, a prizewinning public television film director who for nine years was executive director of the nonprofit National Black Programming Consortium, died Jan. 28 at a hospital in Washington. She was 52.
The cause was cancer, said her husband, Grant Clark.
As a director, Ms. Jones won a Peabody Award for the four-hour documentary “180 Days: A Year Inside an American High School.” The two-part series, which aired in 2013, focused on the struggles of five students at Washington Metropolitan High School, an alternative school in Northwest Washington also known as DC Met.
The programs examined costs and rewards of trying to improve test scores, to reduce chronic absences and to curb in-school fighting. It explored obstacles in the way of graduation such as homelessness, caring for younger siblings and holding down a full-time job.
Earlier Ms Jones was on a team of directors that won a Peabody in 1998 for a four-part, six-hour documentary series “Africans in America,” which examined the history and legacy of slavery in the United States. It was filmed on locations in 12 states and in Africa, and it included historians, and descendants of slaves and slaveholders.
Jacqueline Michelle Jones was born in Washington on April 28, 1965, and grew up in Memphis. Her father, a physician, specialized in vascular surgery.
After graduating from Howard University in 1987 and a stint editing the publication Black Film Review, she received a master’s degree in documentary filmmaking from Stanford University in 1995. She then joined public broadcasting station WGBH in Boston.
In 2005 Ms. Jones was appointed executive director of the National Black Programming Consortium, now called Black Public Media. Her work there included moving beyond the organization’s role supporting black filmmakers. During her tenure, the consortium created an online digital media project documenting the 2005 hurricanes that devastated New Orleans and neighboring Gulf states.
In recent years she had been living in Durban, South Africa. She met her husband on a visit there for an international film festival. They were married in 2003.
Besides her husband, survivors include their daughter, Ayana Jones Clark. They had been visiting Washington for the Christmas-New Year’s holidays when Ms. Jones was taken ill.
Other survivors include her parents, Humphrey C. Jones of Miami and Claire A. Jones of Washington; and a brother.
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