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Joe McAdory

Joe  McAdory

position: Communications Editor
dept: Office of Communications and Marketing
phone: (334) 844-8849
office: 3088 Horton-Hardgrave Hall

At Auburn since 2013


BA, Journalism, Auburn University, 1992


As Communications Editor, Joe tells Harbert College’s story by promoting students, faculty, alumni, programs and events on the college’s web and social media platforms, and in Harbert Magazine. He also assists in other communications and marketing initiatives.

Joe’s work has been recognized by the Public Relations Council of Alabama with an Award of Excellence (2014) and Medallion Award (2016), and by the Southern Public Relations Federation with another Award of Excellence in 2016.

Before coming to the college in 2013, Joe worked as an award-winning newspaper reporter, columnist and editor for 21 years. His stops include the Columbus (Ga.) Ledger-Enquirer, Randolph Leader and, for 17 years, the Opelika-Auburn News. There, McAdory covered high school sports, worked as sports editor and, most recently, as editorial page editor and columnist.

His work has been honored by the Alabama Press Association and Alabama Associated Press Media Editors for column-writing, feature stories, deadline news stories, community service, Best Sports Page, Best Editorial Page and non-deadline reporting.

Most memorable news stories include revisiting the 1967 triple homicide (“Cold Blooded Murder” and “Slayings left haunted impact on Auburn”) in Auburn and the convicted murderer’s appeal to earn parole every five years; a look at the hopes and dreams of five citizens (“Tracks of Tears”) who were killed in auto-train collisions in Lee County and the measures being done to promote safety at crossings; and “32 and counting,” a study of deadly accidents along Interstate 85 in Lee County over a five-year span.

He was a college football Associated Press Top 25 voter in 2001, has covered the Super Bowl, Daytona 500, The Masters, numerous Auburn University sporting events, high school athletics in Lee County from 1991-2003, political issues and elections, and was the author of the Opelika-Auburn News’ popular monthly feature “County Road” in 2004 and 2005.

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