Robert Moore

Robert Moore, co-founder and former publisher of Dallas Voice newspaper, has been announced as a winner of the Press Club of Dallas’ Excellence in Journalism Award — North Texas Legends. Other recipients of the award, now in its fifth year, are Helen Bryant Anders, B.J. Austin, Mollie Finch Belt, Sam Blair, Becky Munoz Diaz, Dan Jenkins, David McHam, George Riba, Bob Ray Sanders, Brad Sham and Clarice Tinsley.

Press Club President Niki McCuistion said the awards are intended to “honor those who have made a difference in our profession and our community, have significant journalistic achievements and are household names.” The awards ceremony will be held May 21 at the Sixth Floor Museum.

Moore founded Dallas Voice in 1984, along with Don Ritz and William Marberry. Marberry was publisher, Ritz was editor and Moore was advertising director.

The first issue was published May 11, 1984.

Ritz and Moore bought out Marberry’s share of the company in 1985, moving all production from Houston, where Marberry lived, to Dallas. Ritz became controller, while Moore continued as advertising director and Dennis Vercher was hired as editor.

Ritz retired as controller in 1998 but retained his ownership stake in the company, which had incorporated in 1987 as Voice Publishing Co., until his death in 2001. Moore became sole owner at that time, and remained so until April 1, 2013, when he sold Voice Publishing to long-time employees Leo Cusimano and Terry Thompson.

Cusimano joined the Voice staff in 1993, first as a part-time graphic artist and then as a full-time advertising salesman. He was promoted to advertising director in 1998. Terry Thompson, who joined the staff in 2001 as office manager, became promotions manager in 2010.