2015 Champion for Children Mr. Jim Goodmon

Honoree_James Fletcher Goodmon_PhotoJames “Jim” Fletcher Goodmon has been the President and CEO of Capitol Broadcasting Company since 1979. He has guided the growth of its radio and television holdings, along with such innovative businesses as satellite communications, the Internet, high definition television (HDTV) and high definition radio.

An entrepreneur, Jim Goodmon’s vision for the Triangle led Capitol Broadcasting Company to purchase the Durham Bulls and was the mastermind of the American Tobacco Historic District in Durham, North Carolina. This led to the honor of receiving the Tarheel of the Year Award, given December 2003 by the News and Observer Newspaper in Raleigh, North Carolina “because of his involvement and influence in two arenas: the redevelopment of Durham’s American Tobacco complex and the national debate about how many television and radio stations a single media company should be allowed to own.” This award was preceded by the state’s highest honor, the North Carolina Award.

Jim has served on the North Carolina Partnership for Children Board of Directors as past president and received the 1997 Smart Start Pioneer Award. He was given this award for his efforts in helping Governor Jim Hunt launch the Smart Start program.

He was inducted into the Journalism Hall of Fame at the School of Journalism and Mass Communications at UNC-Chapel Hill and the NCAB Hall of Fame recognized him with the North Carolina Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame Award.

In October 2006, he was given the Public Television Leadership Award, which is a national award given to him and his wife, Barbara, and he received the Friend of Education Award in October 2006 by the Wake Education Partnership, who referred to him as a “visionary.” Jim and his wife, Barbara, were also inducted into the Raleigh Hall of Fame on September 9, 2008.

He serves on numerous Boards of Directors, including the A. J. Fletcher Foundation, Capitol Broadcasting Company, and Duke University Health Systems. In the past, he has served on the Charlotte Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond and on the Gore Commission to develop and recommend a digital public interest proposal for the White House and the Federal Communications Commission.