Joe is a St. Louis native who grew up in North St. Louis County, and enlisted in the Navy after graduating from high school in 1980. He was stationed on a guided missile destroyer, the USS Waddell, and visited many South Pacific countries such as Japan, the Philippines, Australia and Thailand.
He graduated from the University of Missouri - Columbia's Journalism School after leaving the Navy, and worked in journalism or public relations for more than 20 years.
Joe has about 10 years experience covering local community news, especially in the St. Louis area. While with the Suburban Journals, he was editor of the Warrenton Journal, covering Warren County.
As a reporter for the Journals, he worked beats covering the cities of Florissant, Ferguson, Black Jack, the city of St. Louis' North Side, St. Charles, St. Peters, O'Fallon, Lake Saint Louis and Wentzville.
He describes himself as a conservative who prefers to focus on issues rather than partisan politics. Joe is an active member of Fee Fee Baptist Church in Bridgeton.
In general, he believes in protecting personal freedom and responsibility, and that government has an inherent duty to protect the health and safety of citizens and to provide infrastructure that is not otherwise profitable for private companies.
Joe has been married for more than 20 years to his wife, Kathy. They have two sons, David and Riley.
Joe likes classic rock and believes that most good songs were written before 2000. He also enjoys traveling, being with his family and following the Cardinals, Rams and Tigers. He hates it when his fantasy teams don't make the playoffs.