North Carolina Pork Council
Farmers Under Fire
Andy Curliss is CEO of the North Carolina Pork Council, the statewide trade association that advocates on behalf of the state’s farmers and business partners who produce $3 billion in pork products that feed families in North Carolina, across the nation, and around the world.
As CEO, Andy is responsible for leading a wide range of efforts that include external and internal communications, public policy, education, promotion, research and charitable activities.
Andy also serves as a director on several boards, including for the N.C. Agricultural Foundation in support of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at N.C. State University; the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at N.C. A&T State University; the AgTech Advisory Council at the N.C. Biotechnology Center; and the N.C. Foundation for Soil & Water Conservation.
Prior to joining the N.C. Pork Council, Andy led the public affairs and strategic communications division at Gelia, Wells & Mohr, a national marketing and communications agency, where he advised executive-level clients on matters concerning business, public policy and communications. His clients at Gelia included hog production, pork processing and other agribusiness companies.
Prior to that, Andy was a journalist for two decades. Andy was state government editor at The (Raleigh) News & Observer when he left the paper in 2015. For many years, he was an investigative reporter. As a journalist, Curliss was recognized with multiple national, regional and statewide awards. He was named the Journalist of the Year by the American Journalism Historians Association, was a Goldsmith Prize finalist at Harvard University, and won the national Taylor Award for Fairness in Reporting. In 2000, he played a leading role on the team that was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for deep coverage of the impacts of Hurricane Floyd in North Carolina.
Andy was recipient of the 2015 China Fellowship at the East-West Center and the 2014 Japan Fellowship at the International Center for Journalists, both of which afforded him the opportunity to travel widely in Asia. He has participated in trade missions to Asia and South America.
Andy is a native of Ohio, and a graduate of the University of Toledo. He is currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration (MBA) at East Carolina University, where he has been awarded the Pirate and Purple scholarships for academic achievement and community stewardship.