2006 Alumni Hall of Fame Honoree

Joe Terry’s passion for television has taken his career to great heights.

Immediately after graduating from college, Joe jumped right into local news as an audio boom operator. A year later, he was promoted to the assignment desk, but faith would interfere in 1975, when for the first time Joe sat in the director’s chair calling the shots that made air. For the past nine years Joe has been the editor of the top-rated, award-winning “The Oprah Winfrey Show,”

Joe began his career in 1971 at WPVI – TV in Philadelphia. He spent 12 years with CBS Television stations in three different cities: New York, Los Angeles and Philadelphia directing many programs with different topics. Joe’s vision and talent engages television viewers. He is able to convey the proper mood for television viewers everywhere regardless of the topic of the show. Joe takes every topic seriously and directs his vision with the outmost respect for the host and guests of the shows he directs.

It is that respect for his field that has earned him numerous Emmy nominations.

His resume includes a 25-year old career that includes small town news, network news, syndicated shows, talk TV and documentaries that have taken him to New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Philadelphia.

Joe’s hard work, dedication, and professionalism turned him into a visionary in hid field. Along with his directorial duties, Joe always finds time to work on his multi-media company MARJOEDON Productions. During the summer of 2005 Joe visited Uganda where production was set up to document the country’s on-going civil war entitled “Stolen Generation” scheduled to release in the fall of 2007.

Joe is a member of the DGA and WGA-East. He is an active member of Abyssinian Baptist Church in New York City. He is also on the Board of Directors for the Urban Prep Charter Academy for young men in Chicago.

Joe was born in Skelton West Virginia, on October of 1949. He is one of six children and is the proud father of four children and four grandchildren.