Linda Wright Moore is a distinguished journalist and communicator with more than 35 years of experience as a newspaper columnist, public radio talk show host, television producer and anchor, mayoral press secretary, and tenured journalism professor. At the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, she employs these talents in shaping a communication strategy that helps develop the human capital leadership, training and research needed to build a diverse and high quality health and health care workforce in the United States. Her work also involves engaging alumni of the Foundation’s scholars and fellows programs in promoting health care leadership, informing grantmaking, and encouraging a wide-ranging exchange of information and ideas.
Moore’s long-standing interest in health and health policy motivates her to press for greater teamwork among all health and health care professionals. She praises the Foundation’s mission in “addressing health disparities, training leaders to be more effective and efficient, and helping the nation do its best, collectively, to ensure that everyone’s health is as good as it can be.”
Previously, Moore served nearly four years as director of Communications for Philadelphia Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY), the region’s leading child advocacy organization. She also served as project manager and supervising producer for the Latina Health Project, a yearlong initiative of WHYY-TV12, a PBS affiliate, to explore and explain cultural barriers to effective medical care and good health for Hispanic women.
In 1999–2000, Moore was a Kaiser Media Fellow, focusing her research on racial disparities in health and medicine. Prior to that, she wrote weekly op-ed columns and editorials for the Philadelphia Daily News, winning various professional and community awards. For more than five years, Moore was a regular commentator on WPVI-TV/Channel 6 “Inside Story,” a weekly, public affairs program on WPVI-TV/Channel 6 in Philadelphia.
Moore has won numerous awards for her work, including a first-place award from the Society of Professional Journalists in Philadelphia for the documentary “Latina Salud: Body, Mind & Spirit,” and an Emmy for “Doctor Bills & Dollar Bills” produced for WJBK-TV in Detroit.
She holds an MS in journalism from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and a BS in English and creative writing from Stanford University.
Born in Ohio, she now resides in Wyncote, Pa. with her daughter Mariah and husband, Acel Moore, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and Associate Editor Emeritus of The Philadelphia Inquirer. Among her many interests, Moore enjoys reading, writing, art collecting, graphic arts and photography.