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CTA Mourns the Loss of Jim Barry, its Digital Answerman

Arlington, VA – October 23, 2017 – 
The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) mourns the loss of its dear friend Jim Barry who passed away Friday night at the age of 71. Following a distinguished career in journalism, Barry served as CTA’s Digital Answerman for the past 22 years, showcasing and explaining technology products to consumers via television and radio appearances along with newspaper interviews across the country.

“Jim was a remarkable person who was dedicated to and passionate about our industry. As a tireless media spokesperson, he helped introduce millions of consumers to the latest tech innovations,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CTA. “Jim was respected by everyone he worked with including manufacturers, retailers and the media and made many friends along the way. Jim also was a respected journalist who covered our industry in a thoughtful and insightful style. Along the way, he helped mentor many of our staff, educating them and igniting their passion for our industry. The entire CTA family will miss him dearly.”

Barry served as a judge for the Consumer Technology Hall of Fame since the inception of the program in 2000. A strong industry advocate and historian, he contributed his industry expertise as well as his personal relationships to the judging process. Barry also served as an Innovation Entrepreneur Awards (IEA) judge each year since the program began in 2012 and was a frequent contributor to CTA’s publications including i3 and Digital America.

Prior to his roles with CTA, Barry had a long career in journalism including holding positions as editor of Dealerscope Magazine and editor of Video Magazine where he covered many of the industry’s most important product introductions including the VCR, DVD and Digital TV, to name a few. He also started the Contract Publishing Division of Crosby Vandenburg Group in Boston creating and producing custom magazines for ESPN, WGBH, Massachusetts Hospital Association and others.

A proud native son of Ridgefield Park, NJ, he lived in and embraced Boston as his adopted hometown and was an avid supporter of the Boston Red Sox. Barry is survived by his wife of 40 years, Kate Barry and their two daughters, Moira Rose and Fiona.