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James R. Moody

Owner and President, Moody Media

James R. Moody is a veteran communications professional based in Baltimore. His experience as a journalist, columnist, commentator, public relations specialist and senior editor spans more than 40 years and includes extensive work in both print, broadcast and "new" media.

Moody’s career in journalism began in 1972 with the Mutual Broadcasting System affiliate in Cleveland, Tennessee. He anchored the afternoon drive-time newscasts and continued to do field reporting, as well. He won a number of Associated Press awards for stories he filed. In addition to his work in radio news, he was a regular contributor of book reviews to the Cleveland Daily Banner newspaper.

Moody also served as public relations director for the Cleveland-Bradley County Chapter of the American Red Cross, president of the Cleveland Creative Arts Guild and he advised the Cleveland-Bradley County Chamber of Commerce on press issues.

In 1977, he moved to Atlanta, where he launched a weekly radio news magazine on one of the city’s public radio stations. He served as the program's executive producer, principle writer and host for the duration of the broadcast. While the program never caught a major share of Atlanta’s radio audience, it did catch the attention of the publishers of The Atlanta Gazette, an established and well-respected weekly tabloid with statewide circulation.

When publisher Larry Flint purchased the newspaper in 1977, he announced his intention to have it become “the Village Voice of the South.” The paper tapped Moody as one of its "Viewpoints" columnists. He became the first openly gay columnist in a mainstream paper in Atlanta and only the third in the nation. His column appeared weekly along with other columnists, including Julian Bond, Daniel Schoor and Pearl Clege Lomax. He continued as a columnist and regularly contributed cover stories for the paper until it ceased publication.

In more recent years, he became familiar to readers in Baltimore through his reporting and writing for the Baltimore Alternative. Between 1992 and 1996, he served as that paper’s religion editor. He continued to contribute cover stories and commentary for the paper until it ceased publication in the fall of 2000.

His last major piece for the Alternative was a cover story exploring the separation of church and state. The piece received widespread attention for its evenhanded and scholarly approach to the subject.

Moody has also contributed to a number of books, having served as editor for Pontiac, They Built Excitement and The Lincoln Motorcar (second edition). He has also contributed photography to Gallery Books’ Lamborghini, American Steam Locomotives and Shipwrecks of the 20th Century, as well as the comprehensive Madison Press volume Titanic: An Illustrated History. His photographs have also been published in a number of distinguished lifestyle magazines, including Palm Beach Illustrated, Spotlight and Palm Springs Life.

In 1990, he founded a media consulting firm, Moody Media, which he continues to operate as a sole proprietorship. He has counted among his customers the nonprofit Citizens Planning and Housing Association, the Maryland Steelworkers Credit Union, Watkins Security Group and the Baltimore Fountain Pen Society, of which he is a member.

In addition to his consulting business, Moody served a number of years as Director of Business Communications for the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, where he founded the quarterly magazine Maryland Business Review for Secretary Richard C. Mike Lewin. Moody served as publisher and managing editor until the magazine ceased publication in 2005. The state’s premier national economic development magazine, the Maryland Business Review was the recipient of the Northeast Development Association’s prestigious Mercury Award for excellence in economic reporting and was named "Best in Maryland" by the state's chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. Moody also served as Secretary Lewin's chief speech writer.

He also conceived, produced and hosted This Week at DBED, a podcast  delivered through an RSS feed. Through his efforts, DBED became the first state agency to podcast and Maryland became one of only three states to produce a podcast to communicate directly with constituents and other interested listeners, worldwide.

In addition, Moody managed the department's Web site, ChooseMaryland.org, which was the 2006 winner of Digital Government Achievement Award in the government-to-business category and has been recognized by The World Bank as a "best practices" Web site for the dissemination of economic information.



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