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Judy Maggio & Leslie Rhode, ATX Good News

  • January 31, 2024
  • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
  • UT Club, 2108 Robert Dedman Dr, Austin TX 78712


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ATX Good News:  Cultivating Community Happiness

ATX Good News is a media company launched by veteran Austin journalists Judy Maggio & Leslie Rhode in January 2022 to share uplifting, inspirational stories about Central Texas. It focuses on individuals, nonprofits and businesses doing their part to make our community healthier and happier and more motivated to spread goodwill. We try to pump out happiness in every story we cover with a goal of touching your heart or making you smile and perhaps even inspiring you to go out and volunteer or donate to causes you believe in.

About our speakers:

Judy Maggio is an Emmy Award-winning journalist who has established her brand based on trust, accuracy and public service. Her work in Austin television spans 40 years and she has earned the respect and admiration of her colleagues and the community.

She served as Editorial Director at Austin PBS, KLRU-TV from 2016-2020, where she directed, hosted and produced Decibel, a documentary-style news program. She also hosted ATX Together, a public affairs program on timely, local issues.

Prior to her work at PBS, Judy served as Managing Editor and co-anchored the weeknight newscasts at both KVUE-TV(1981 to 2003) and CBS Austin (2003-2014). Her accolades include The Liz Carpenter Lifetime Achievement Award from Women Communicators of Austin, and the Trailblazer Award from the Alliance for Women in Media.

Judy currently runs her communications business, Judy Maggio Media and recently co-founded and launched ATX Good News, a social media platform to share positive, uplifting stories about Central Texas. 

Leslie Rhode is a storyteller, communicator and advocate of good news. Her award-winning television news career spanned more than 23 years in Washington, D.C., Arkansas and Texas. She is the co-founder of ATX Good News, a social media company sharing uplifting, positive community stories. Through her communication consulting business, Leslie Rhode Stories, she helps purpose-driven businesses, nonprofits and individuals refine their stories and tell them in a way that makes an impact.

Leslie was an anchor and reporter in Washington, D.C. for five years at WJLA-TV. She worked two stints at KXAN-TV in Austin for a total of 13 years where she has always been passionate about community involvement.

She currently serves on the state Advisory Board of the Texas Advocacy Project which provides free legal services for victims of domestic violence and sings with her church worship band. She was a Community Ambassador for the Dripping Springs Independent School District and has volunteered with the Tourette Syndrome Association Texas Chapter, and other community groups. She lives in Austin, Texas with her husband, two teenagers and two hound dogs, Luke and Leia.


6:50am - Coffee & Networking
7:10am - Breakfast Buffet
7:25am - Introductions & Announcements
7:50am - Speaker Introduction
8:20am - Q&A

8:30am - Have a wonderful Wednesday!

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