Jim Goodmon Honored as Tar Heel of the Year
CBC President & CEO Jim Goodmon is the N&O’s 2003 Tarheel of the Year.
The News & Observer has selected CBC President & CEO Jim Goodmon as its sixth Tar Heel of the Year. The newspaper featured Goodmon on the cover of its last Sunday edition of the year on December 28, 2003.
The article hailed Goodmon for his contributions to the Triangle and the world of broadcasting. N&O Executive Editor & Senior Vice President Melanie Sill said the editors chose Goodmon as Tar Heel of the Year “because of his involvement and influence in two arenas: the redevelopment of Durham’s American Tobacco complex and the national debate about how many TV and radio stations a single media company should be allowed to own.”
“A sheer delight in life animates everything Goodmon does as a businessman,” wrote Anne Saker & Jonathan B. Cox, in the feature. “He has led a host of public and private campaigns for civic improvement throughout the Triangle, often stoking them with his money or with grants from a family foundation. At an age when many people would long to retire, he has shouldered some of the most significant tasks of his life, for his community and his industry.”
In Sill’s editorial explaining Goodmon’s selection she captured him by describing him as, “a man who grew up with some advantages and who multiplied those gifts for his company and his community.”
The N&O honors one Triangle citizen each December as the Tar Heel of the Year “to show how individual leadership shapes events and issues across our state.” Former winners include NC banker Hugh McColl, historian John Franklin, evangelist Franklin Graham, NC Museum of Art Director Larry Wheeler, UNC System President Molly Broad & NC State Women’s Basketball Coach Kay Yow.