Jaque Maddox 65

Distinguished Alumna Jacque Maddox, Class of 1965 

Jacque Maddox was born in Richmond to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Maddox.  She graduated from Ball State University in 1969 and joined the staff of WSIX-TV in Nashville, Tennessee, in 1970.  As a news reporter, she blazed the trail for a woman of color in television.

Her career found her interviewing nationally known celebrities such as Reverend Jesse Jackson, Judge A. A. Birch, Bayard Rustin, former Governor Rockefeller of Arkansas, and former Tennessee Senator Al Gore.  She also had the chance to interview entertainers such as Minnie Pearl, Tex Ritter, Kris Kristofferson, and James Brown.

She produced and hosted a weekly program while in Nashville called Soul of the City, a news and entertainment program which was of interest to the black community.  On the program, she interviewed Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Dick Gregory, Charlie Pride, and other top black musicians and entertainers.

Maddox was profiled in the early 1970s by Ebony magazine as an up-and-coming black newswoman.

She won a William Benton Fellowship for broadcasting which allowed her to study at the University of Chicago.

In 1987 she was working in Atlanta for the CBS affiliate WAGA-TV. While there,  Maddox was given a small role with Candice Bergman in a TV movie Mayflower Madam. She was selected as Distinguished Alumni in 1988.

Jacque died in 1987 from cancer.  Her career was short-lived but very promising.



























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