C oy Barefoot is an award-winning and best-selling author, radio personality, historian, popular teacher and speaker, and Ironman triathlete.
Coy’s books include Thomas Jefferson on Leadership: Executive Lessons from his Life and Letters and The Corner: A History of Student Life at the University of Virginia, which won the 2003 Nalle Prize for Outstanding History. He has written and reported for magazines and newspapers around the country as well as a long list of online publications. Visit the books and articles page to learn more and to read excerpts from Coy’s published work.
Coy is the President and Executive Director of the Virginia History Lab, which launches production in the spring of 2013. The work of the VHL is dedicated to the maxim that history is not the past, but the story we tell about the past.
Click here to learn more about the Lab and its current projects.
Coy is the founding Host and Executive Producer of “Charlottesville–Right Now!” Virginia’s premier talk/news radio program that is broadcast each weekday on NewsRadio 1070AM WINA from 4-6pm. Listen to archived interviews on the podcasts page. He speaks frequently for corporations, civic groups, schools, and to University of Virginia alumni clubs around the country.
Coy is a member of the adjunct faculty at the University of Virgina where he teaches about the life of Thomas Jefferson and the history of the University, Charlottesville, and the Commonwealth of Virginia.
He is the Editor-in-Chief of uvahistory.com, an online magazine and community dedicated to the history of the University of Virginia, the UVA Corner, and Charlottesville.
He is a graduate of the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia where he studied Anthropology, Archaeology, and Classics (Latin). He did his graduate work at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville where he earned his Master’s Degree studying Media Anthropology. His thesis focused on the cultural implications of “world television” and the 24-hour news cycle pioneered by Ted Turner’s Cable News Network.
Coy consults with businesses and non-profits to improve their message development and uses of all variety of media. He also conducts leadership training and workshops for corporations, non-profits, and the U.S. Government.
An avid runner, bicyclist and swimmer, Coy completed his first full Ironman Triathlon in August 2012.
Coy is currently wrapping up work on his first novel, Aneas, an adaption of Vergil’s classic Roman epic, The Aeneid. He has also started work on a true crime graphic novel and has plans for a series of documentary DVDs that explore the history of Charlottesville and the University of Virginia.
He lives in Charlottesville and is the proud father of boy/girl twins, Whitman and Schuyler.
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top photo by Jen Fariello.