Longtime labor journalist John Moody dies in NJ

Apr 28, 2012, 11:45 PM

RIDGEWOOD, N.J. (AP) – John P. Moody, a longtime journalist who won praise for his coverage of organized labor and business issues, died Saturday. He was 95.

Moody died of natural causes in Ridgewood, his son, John Moody, said.

Known among colleagues for his frayed leather pocket notebook, which was crammed with the names and numbers of sources, John P. Moody worked for The Associated Press and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette during his nearly 30-year career. He reported on many of the most important labor industry stories, ranging from coal and steel strikes to the slaying of United Mine Workers presidential candidate Joseph Yablonski in 1969.

Moody also covered part of Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev’s visit to the U.S. in 1959.

A World War II Army veteran, Moody worked for the Cumberland News in his native Maryland after his discharge. He moved to Pittsburgh in 1950 to work for the AP, where he mostly covered organized labor and big business issues.

In 1952, Moody became one of the lead reporters during the 53-day nationwide strike launched by the United Steel Workers of America. That job action followed a Supreme Court ruling that found President Harry Truman lacked the authority to nationalize the steel industry to ensure continued production.

Moody then joined the Post-Gazette in 1968, and quickly moved onto the labor beat, which at the time was dominated by infighting within the United Mine Workers Union.

Its president, W.A. “Tony” Boyle, was being challenged by Yablonski, who believed Boyle wasn’t committed to ensuring the safety of miners. Yablonski was killed in 1969 with his wife and daughter at their Clarksville, Pa., home, and Boyle and several others were eventually convicted of or pleaded guilty in the killings.

Besides his son, Moody is survived by his wife of 65 years, Beulah, and two grandchildren.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

United States News

This photo taken with a drone shows portions of a Norfolk and Southern freight train that derailed ...
Associated Press

Release of toxic chemicals from derailed tanker cars begins in Ohio

Crews began releasing toxic chemicals into the air from five derailed tanker cars that were in danger of exploding Monday.
23 hours ago
Rep. Juan Ciscomani (R-AZ) delivers remarks in the House Chamber during the third day of elections ...
Kevin Stone

Rep. Juan Ciscomani of Arizona to give GOP Spanish rebuttal to Biden speech

Freshman U.S. Rep. Juan Ciscomani of Arizona will deliver the Republican Spanish rebuttal to President Joe Biden's State of the Union address Tuesday.
23 hours ago
(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)...
Associated Press

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema’s split from Democrats shows party discord in Arizona

The Democrats' winning formula is in jeopardy ahead of the 2024 election after Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema’s divorce from the party.
23 hours ago
(AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)...
Associated Press

US officials offer Congress briefing on Biden, Trump papers

The Biden administration has offered to brief congressional leaders on its investigation into the classified documents.
2 days ago
FILE - Mega Millions lottery tickets and a wager slip are displayed, Friday, Jan. 6, 2023, in Derry...
Arizona Sports

Drawing nears for $700M Powerball prize, 10th biggest in US

Another huge lottery jackpot will be on the line Saturday for players willing to put up $2 vs. daunting odds of actually winning the prize.
3 days ago
Chinese spy balloon flies above in Charlotte NC, United States on February 04, 2023. The Pentagon a...
Associated Press

US downs suspected Chinese spy balloon off the Carolina coast

The United States on Saturday downed a suspected Chinese spy balloon off the Carolina coast after it traversed sensitive military sites.
3 days ago

Sponsored Articles

(Pexels Photo)...

Sports gambling can be fun for adults, but it’s a dangerous game for children

While adults may find that sports gambling is a way to enhance the experience with more than just fandom on the line, it can be a dangerous proposition if children get involved in the activity.
Fiesta Bowl Foundation

Celebrate 50 years of Vrbo Fiesta Bowl Parade magic!

Since its first production in the early 1970s, the Vrbo Fiesta Bowl Parade presented by Lerner & Rowe has been a staple of Valley traditions, bringing family fun and excitement to downtown Phoenix.
Quantum Fiber

Stream 4K and more with powerful, high-speed fiber internet

Picking which streaming services to subscribe to are difficult choices, and there is no room for internet that cannot handle increased demands.
Longtime labor journalist John Moody dies in NJ