Deacon James J. Armstrong, APR, is the executive director of communications for the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland. A veteran of the field of communications, Deacon Armstrong has worked in radio, television news, and public affairs for more than 40 years. He has earned three local Emmy awards for his work as a television journalist at the NBC affiliate in Cleveland, Ohio where he helped oversee news coverage from 1978 to 1991. Deacon Armstrong is also the former Director of News and Information at the Cleveland Clinic. While at the Cleveland Clinic, he worked with journalists from around the world to bring their readers, listeners, and viewers the latest news in medicine and healthcare. He has also produced numerous award-winning, medically-oriented television and radio programs.
In 2008, Deacon Armstrong was selected by the diocese to help direct a major reconfiguration of the 214 parish diocese, serving as special assistant to Bishop Richard Lennon.
Prior to his return to the Catholic diocese in 2015, Deacon Armstrong served most recently as director of communications for Cleveland Clinic Akron General Medical Center in Akron, Ohio from 2013 to 2015. He was the director of public and media relations at the MetroHealth System, the public sector safety net hospital system in Cleveland, Ohio from 2012 to 2013 after serving there since 2010 as the marketing manager for cardiology and orthopedics.
Deacon Armstrong is a graduate of Cleveland State University having earned a degree in communications. In 2001, he was ordained to the Order of Deacon for service in the diocese after four years of study at the Center for Pastoral Leadership in Wickliffe, Ohio. He currently ministers at St. Bridget of Kildare Parish in Parma, Ohio.
In addition to his ministerial and communications work, Deacon Armstrong is an advocate of health education and has a special interest in heart and kidney disease. He has been involved in many health-related public awareness campaigns, including efforts to promote colorectal and prostate cancer screening. He served from 2003-2007 on the Council of Public Representatives at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. Deacon Armstrong also created, produced and co-hosted the Akron General Health Connection radio program still airing on WTAM radio in Cleveland.
Deacon Armstrong also holds several memberships in professional organizations, including the Public Relations Society of America through which he maintains a national accreditation in the field of public relations.