Former Centre Daily Times publisher Jim Moss, who is said to have left a mark on each community he served, has died.
Moss, one of the first black publishers of a general-circulation daily newspaper, was the CDT publisher from 1990 to 1996. He died of throat cancer Jan. 20 at the age of 72.
“I certainly do remember him very fondly,” former CDT reporter Barbara Jordan said. “He was a wonderful guy, a wonderful boss. He came to us a city boy with big-city-paper experience, but we soon found he really understood community newspapers. He worked diligently to increase our presence in the county, in the rural areas. He worked to increase diversity at the Centre Daily Times.”
Moss left the CDT to be the publisher of the Times Herald-Record in Newburgh, N.Y., where he guided the paper’s transition from print to digital media.
Moss worked in various sales, advertising and management positions for the Washington Post, Black Enterprise, Knight Ridder Newspapers and the Miami Herald until Knight Ridder promoted him to president and publisher of the CDT.
Moss was as well-known for his volunteerism in Centre County as his work for the paper, his former wife, Anne Palmer, said.
“That was something we were both proud of,” said Palmer, who was married to Moss over 25 years. “Giving back was a role we played and loved to play. During our time in State College, I think our volunteering was some of the most joyful time we spent together. He just felt really passionate about the newspaper and organizations like the United Way and the Community Foundation.”
He served as the United Way campaign chairman in 1994 and was a member of the State College Chamber of Commerce and Center for the Performing Arts. He was an adviser to the Knight Foundation.
Moss retired after 38 years in the journalism industry in 2007 and opened a restaurant called Christine’s, named after his mother.
In addition to Palmer, he is survived by their children Bradley, 28, Kelsey, 26; former wife Cecelia Coates and their child Gregory Moss Whitehead, 54; former wife Marian Wright; his brother Reginald Moss and Reginald Moss’ wife Ella “E” Moss; several nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his youngest brother, Dennis Moss.
A memorial will be held at 2 p.m Saturday at 111 Broadway, Newburgh.