Bio

Coy BarefootC oy Barefoot is an award-winning and best-selling author, media personality, and engaging historian and teacher, and a much sought-after speaker.

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 currently serves as the Executive Producer for the Center for Media and Citizenship at the University of Virginia, and organization he was asked to help launch in 2015. Among the many projects he works on at the Center is to host and produce The Coy Barefoot Program, which is broadcast on ABC16 in Charlottesville each Sunday morning and on WVPT-PBS each Thursday evening. The program offers a number of exclusive extended conversations exploring news and ideas in Charlottesville, Virginia and beyond. Coy also hosts and produces the Center’s flagship podcast/radio program Citizens Band Radio, which offers thoughtful conversations exploring issues of media and journalism, democracy and citizenship. Click here for the Center’s online Media Gallery for the full archive of programs.

Coy is the founding Host and Executive Producer of Inside Charlottesville which is broadcast live each Monday afternoon on 947FM in Charlottesville.

Coy is a graduate of the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia where he studied Anthropology, Archaeology, and 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 implications of a 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, Aeneas, an adaption of Virgil’s classic Roman epic, The Aeneid. Coy is a native of Atlanta, Georgia, grew up in Virginia, and lives in Charlottesville. He is the proud father of boy/girl twins, Whitman and Schuyler.

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top photo by Jen Fariello.