Judi Moore Latta, Ph.D., is professor of Media, Journalism and Film at Howard University and former member of the President’s cabinet where she served as executive director of Communications and Marketing for the University. Currently serving as School of Communications student coordinator liaison to the Howard University Radio Network, she facilitates student participation in the six stations of the network. With more than 30 years experience in commercial and public broadcasting, she has worked as reporter/producer at WUSA-TV, director of WHUR-WORLD, 96.3, HD-2, and was the first woman to serve in the role of interim general manager of the public broadcast station WHUT-TV.
Earlier in her career, she worked at National Public Radio (NPR), where she became the network’s first education reporter, executive producer of Special Programs and creator of “NPR’s Latin File” (first radio network Hispanic daily news program). At NPR she earned the George Foster Peabody Award as senior producer of the 26-part documentary series “Wade in the Water: African American Sacred Music Traditions” and for dozens of productions, awards recognition from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, American Women in Radio and Television, National Education Association, National Association of Black Journalists and National Federation of Community Broadcasters.
Courses taught at Howard include: Race, Gender and Media; Media Scriptwriting; Documentary Film Analysis; Radio Practicum. Her research in cultural studies and communication explores issues of the politics of sacred song production, as well as the impact of gender on cultural choices. She has produced more than 150 radio and television documentaries including a series exploring the relationship between African American art and the community. Among her publications are “When They Honor the Voice: Centering African American Women’s Call Stories (Journal of Black Studies); Jesus is a Rock: Spirituals as Lived Experience (Understanding African American Rhetoric); When the Spirit Takes Hold, What the Work Becomes (Sister Circle: Black Women and Work) and God Ain’t Sleep: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.
Her work using the theory and communications strategies of womanism has led her to serve as a community volunteer, as well as a member of the Links Inc. (Silver Spring Chapter), the Olive Branch Community Church and the National Council of Negro Women (Potomac Valley Section). Working with the latter, she serves as a founding member of the Council of Elders for a Girls Rites of Passage program that has mentored nearly 300 youth ages 13 through 17.
She graduated summa cum laude from Hampton Institute (B.S.), with honors from Boston University (M.A.) and with highest honors from the University of Maryland College Park (Ph.D.). She is married to Joseph Latta, D.D.S., has two daughters and four grandchildren.