Jacques retired from the US Army (Reserve on Active Duty) in March, ’08, after a journey that took him from initial service in the US Navy, then to the US Army, and on to broadcast journalism work as an Anchor/Reporter in markets as diverse as Little Rock, AR, and Pittsburgh, PA, Indianapolis, IN.
He was called back on active duty in the Army where he was deployed to Bosnia and Iraq over the course of the mid to late 90s into the 2000s. Jacques voluntarily sacrificed his television journalism career, where he endeavored to rise to the ranks of network correspondence, to honor the call to duty after the 9-11 attacks.
When Jacques left the Army, he went through what many wartime vets cope with; battling discouragement, and a sense of feeling dispossessed while trying to reintegrate into mainstream society and resuscitate a civilian career. He was granted an opportunity to build the “Soul of Seattle” radio show on AM 1090 from the ground up. It featured compelling in-depth interview segments and journalistic pieces that focused on community and ecological sustainability, as well as social concerns and controversies.
Soul of Seattle left the air at the end of 2010, but not before making an impact in Seattle. Among the program’s hallmarks were probing interviews with candidates of Seattle’s 2009 mayoral election, as well as an on-the-scene revealing profile of a grass roots group combating gang activity in Seattle’s south end. Jacques returned to school the next year and chose the Art Institute of Seattle’s Digital Filmmaking Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree program. He graduated December 2013.
As an Anchor/Reporter, Jacques garnered various awards for television broadcast-journalism excellence. The honors were from such esteemed organizations as the Associated Press, Radio and Television News Directors Association, and the Society of Professional Journalists. Jacques also received several regional Emmy nominations for broadcast reporting excellence. He covered the Clintons’ rise to power extensively, as well as the drama surrounding the execution of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh. It was with the latter assignment where many of his reports aired on CNN, NBC, and MSNBC.
Jacques’ military decorations include a combination of four Army Commendation medals, three Army Achievement medals, a Navy Achievement Medal, the Combat Action Badge, the Expert Marksmanship Badge, Iraq Campaign Medal, Expeditionary Medal, and the Antarctic Service Medal. In addition to combat time serving in war-time Iraq, and as a Peacekeeper in the Balkans, Jacques deployed to Antarctica several times in support of the National Science Foundation’s ongoing scientific research endeavors on the world’s southern polar continent.