Marcus J. Moore
Edward R. Morrow Award
Marcus J. Moore is an award-winning music journalist, senior editor, curator and pop culture commentator. He is at work on the highly anticipated cultural biography of Pulitzer Prize-winning artist Kendrick Lamar, The Butterfly Effect: How Kendrick Lamar Ignited the Soul of Black America, to be published by Touchstone, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. In June 2017, Moore's "letter to Kanye West" won a national Edward R. Murrow Award.
Speaking with The Independent about his forthcoming book, Moore said “My book details the artist’s coming of age as an MC, how he helped resurrect two languishing genres (bebop and jazz), his profound impact on a racially fraught America, and his emergence as the bonafide King of Rap.”
Moore’s writing on music can be found in Pitchfork, The Nation, NPR and The Atlantic, the Washington Post's newspaper and magazine, Complex, MTV and BBC Music. His features and reviews of mainstream albums appear in Paste, The Washington City Paper, Rolling Stone and Billboard. He’s written features and breaking news pieces for WTOP-FM in D.C., and has curated nationally syndicated playlists for Google. He discusses new music live on FM radio, and contributes to several local and national podcasts. Moore was invited to Moogfest 2017 to interview Dr. Dre collaborator Colin Wolfe as part of its program.
In 2009, he launched his own site—DMV Spectrum—which covered music and entertainment in D.C., Maryland and northern Virginia. A year later, Marcus was hired as lead editor of AOL's Patch website in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. Moore launched the outlet, covered local meetings and leveraged his social media presence to build the site's readership.
Originally from the Washington, D.C. area, and now living in Brooklyn, New York, he's covered business, politics and education for the Gazette newspapers in the D.C. suburbs, and is now a senior editor at Bandcamp Daily, the editorial arm of the noted online music service.
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