April 6, 2021 – Joint Venture Silicon Valley has named Jody Meacham as a Senior Fellow working at large across the organization and its Institute. Meacham was most recently a reporter for the Silicon Valley Business Journal from 2015 until 2021.
“I consider Jody Meacham a highly accomplished journalist, whose writing I have always admired,” said Joint Venture CEO Russell Hancock. “We’re enormously pleased that he brings his standing and stature to this organization.”
Joint Venture Fellows are distinguished scholars or professionals in their field. They work on issues in Joint Venture’s major project areas, consult with project teams, and provide expert advice. Fellows also write, blog, publish research and provide thought leadership.
“This fellowship is a tremendous honor,” Meacham said. “Learning has been one of the most rewarding parts of my career, and I’m excited for the opportunities the fellowship presents for more learning and discovering new ways to use it constructively.”
Meacham began his newspaper writing career at the Asheville Citizen-Times, Charlotte News, and Charlotte Observer in his native North Carolina, and later worked for the San Jose Mercury News in California. As a sports writer he covered topics ranging from NASCAR to equal sports opportunities for women to a half-dozen Olympic Games. Meacham grew up in Hamlet, North Carolina, where he worked summers for the Seaboard Coast Line Railroad during his years as a journalism student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the author of Figure Skating for Dummies, with gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi and Through the Heart of the South, a novel. His final article in the Business Journal, "Painful Decisions to Make," tackled the future of San José.