Dr. Judi Moore Latta — a native of Tallahassee, Florida — is Professor and Chair of the Department of Radio, TV, and Film at Howard University in Washington, D.C. She received a B.S. (summa cum laude) in English from Hampton Institute, the M.A. in English from Boston University, and the Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Maryland. As a Woodrow Wilson Fellow and a Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellow, her research interests embrace cultural narratives and the politics of production. Her dissertation is titled: “Wade In the Water. The Public Radio Series: The Effects of the Politics of Production on Sacred Music Representations” which won a prize.
As the producer of more than seventy radio and television documentaries, she has received numerous awards including: The George Foster Peabody Award for her work as senior producer of the 26-part National Public Radio/Smithsonian series “Wade in the Water: African American Sacred Music Traditions.” Her media productions have also received awards from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the American Women in Radio and Television, the National Association of Black Journalists, the National Education Association, the Unity Awards in Media, and the National Federation of Community Broadcasters.