Jim Moss, who served 10 years as one of a handful of Black publishers of an American daily newspaper, died Jan. 20 of throat cancer. He was 72.
Moss was the executive editor of The (Middletown, N.Y.) Times Herald-Record from 1996 to 2006, the newspaper said in an obituary, and oversaw a turbulent decade as the media organization shifted from print to digital while remaining focused on the Hudson Valley community.
Employees recalled Moss’ dedication to their careers and personal lives, saying he spent time assisting them with both.
“He wanted everyone to succeed,” his longtime administrative assistant, Linda Weyant, told the Herald-Record.
In addition to his newspaper career, Moss worked for several charities including the United Way and two Orange County, N.Y. renewal foundations. He also opened a local restaurant, Christine’s, named for his mother and serving many of her Southern dishes, the Herald-Record said.
Nonetheless, Moss’ former wife of 30 years, Anne Palmer, said that newspapers were a driving focus for Moss from a young age.
“Early in Jim’s career, he was inspired by his relationship with Donald Graham, who was, at that time, the publisher of The Washington Post,” Palmer said. “I remember Jim saying to me that his dream was to be a newspaper publisher. He set out to make that dream a reality, and achieved it as one of the first African-American publishers of a daily newspaper in the country. Newspapers were Jim’s passion, his life and his legacy.”