About Fred Parry
Fred Parry was born and raised in Liberty, Missouri, but has lived in Columbia for nearly 30 years. He and his wife, Melody, have owned a magazine publishing company for 22 years where he serves as the publisher of Inside Columbia, Prime and CEO magazines. After graduating from the University of Missouri, Parry began his career working for newspapers in Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is a former member of the advertising faculty at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. For seven years, Parry was the co-host of the Morning Meeting on Newstalk 1400/KFRU.
Parry is active in our community, serving as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Boone Hospital Center, past commissioner for the Columbia Housing Authority and former president of Columbia’s Northwest Rotary Club. He has also served on the boards of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce, Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre, KOPN Radio, the Missouri Symphony Society and the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri. In 2006, Parry was named the Outstanding Citizen of the Year by the Columbia Chamber of Commerce.
Fred and his wife have two sons, Max (age 19) and Nick (age 16). Parry enjoys talking politics, refinishing antique furniture and leading a weekly men’s Bible study. He is an avid Missouri Tigers fan and an active member of Woodcrest Chapel.
For more information:
Boone Countians for Fred Parry
711 West Broadway
Columbia, Missouri 65203