Garry Moore

By Evelyn Louck

Garry Moore

July 14, 2010 Updated May 22, 2012 at 3:16 PM CDT

Chicago Native Garry Moore is the Anchor of News 25 Today, Central Illinois' longest running morning news program. Garry is also the Anchor/Producer of News 25 Midday/Noon.

The youngest of eight children, Garry came to Peoria to attend Bradley University where he has earned a Master's and Bachelor's degree in Liberal Studies and Broadcast Production/Management, respectively. Garry is the longtime President of the Peoria Local of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA). Prior to his career in television, Garry was a Reporter and eventual News Director for WXCL-WKQA Radio.

Garry has enjoyed a parallel career as a Performing artist. A Storyteller in the African American tradition, Garry is a sought after cultural arts presenter who has been honored for his insightful, entertaining, and imaginative productions. A past board member and guest artist of Peoria's Heritage Ensemble, Garry has written and performed songs, narratives, and plays, including, The Ghosts of Haiti, Black to the Future, and (Richard) Pryor at the Pearl Gates. He has also developed characters and performed with the Prairie Folklore Theatre's Cemetery Tours.

As an adjunct professor, Garry taught 'Black Music' at Illinois State University, and has conducted numerous hand drumming classes throughout the area. He has also developed and championed several youth empowerment programs. As a small business co-owner for more than 12 years, Garry (and his wife Denise) owned and operated Moore Cultural Expressions in Normal and Moore Art on Water in Peoria.
Besides working, drumming, and sleeping, Garry says his favorite part of the day is spending time with his family (cooking, walking, reading and chilling out).