Larry Bud Meyer
Larry Bud Meyer – recovering journalist and foundationist, True Floridian and come-here Virginian, grew up the fifth of eight Boomers in Mark Twain’s boyhood home, Hannibal, Mo.
He spanned the Nineties and the Oughts as Vice President of Communications and Secretary for the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation in Miami, an innovator in digital news and information. He commissioned, edited, published and distributed award-winning reports and web sites in journalism, community affairs, education and the arts. He is the chairman emeritus of the Communications Network.
Before that, Meyer spent two decades in print journalism, largely with The Miami Herald, serving as executive assistant to the publisher and in several editing posts. He was part of the leadership group when the newspaper’s staff won the 1993 Pulitzer Prize Gold Medal for Public Service for coverage of Hurricane Andrew. He also worked at The Fort Myers News-Press, the Hannibal Courier-Post and the Columbia Missourian.
Meyer has a Watergate-era journalism degree from the University of Missouri and a master’s in public administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. While there, he co-founded the Political Junkies, taught communications and worked for both the Institute of Politics and the Barone Center for Press, Politics and Public Policy. He is president of Meyer Communications LLC and Morningside Press Inc., publishers of Mother Fracker. He taught journalism and strategic communications at the University of Miami. He is a life member of Leadership Florida.
He is married to Anne Robertson. They have one Goldendoodle, Luna, age 4. The three of them split time between Miami and Rappahannock County, Va., the lovely place they discovered seven years ago. He is an advisor to the Northern Piedmont Community Foundation, a Lions Club member and on the board of the Rappahannock League for Environmental Protection.
He likes vineyard bocce and Elvis croquet but draws the line at drinking frackwater.