In more than 40 years of worldwide communications, Joe Ledlie (1943 – 2015) built a reputation as an articulate and trusted voice of effective communications strategy. He was the only nationally honored newsman heading an Atlanta public relations firm.
Joe’s vision for The Ledlie Group was a firm that specialized in unusually sensitive projects, ranging from large-tract developments to headline court cases and protracted corporate contests.
Lawyers always liked Ledlie. He advised attorneys across the country on CEO ousters, union control, zoning fights, environmental problems, and campaign-financing indictments. He also worked in the creation of brand, IPO, and ownership issues.
He was an owner-member of the Public Relations Global Network, consisting of 50 independent firms operating on six continents. He also served as the organization’s treasurer.
A college instructor early on, Joe was city editor of the Savannah Morning News, an editor of The Atlanta Journal, and a correspondent for The Washington Post, the Detroit News, Reuters, and news operations in the United States and the United Kingdom. As a scriptwriter for international television, he authored “The Sea,” which won an Emmy from the Atlanta Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. His print journalism won prizes from Columbia University, the Associated Press, and the Society of Professional Journalists.
Joe was a trustee of The Catholic Foundation, an honorary life member of the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, and a founder of Leadership Sandy Springs in suburban Atlanta. He served as a board member of the Flannery O’Connor – Andalusia Foundation protecting the legacy of the author and maintaining the Middle Georgia farm where she wrote most of her works. He was a member of the Rotary Club of Atlanta (and a Paul Harris Fellow); the Hibernian Society of Savannah (1812) and Leadership Atlanta. He was past chairman of the board of The Village of St. Joseph and of the Atlanta-Fulton County Library Foundation. He was a former president of the National Alumni Association of Spring Hill College, the Jesuit College of the South, and served as president of the Parish Council of Sacred Heart, the 125-year-old basilica in downtown Atlanta.
Joe held a B.S. from Spring Hill College and an M.A. from Louisiana State University, both in English. He was a native of Savannah and lived with his wife, Kathy, in the Buckhead section of Atlanta.