Joe Henke



Birthplace: Duluth, Minn.


Walter Cronkite School of Journalism, Arizona State University – ’12 Master of Mass Communication

University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, Minn.) – ’09 Bachelor of Arts

Current Position/Job Duties: Reporter

Previous Work Experience: News21 (Phoenix, Ariz.), Cronkite News Service (Washington,D.C.)

Joined 23ABC: January 2013

Most Memorable Stories: Covering the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa Bay, traveling to Puerto Rico to look at the territory’s political status vote in 2012, following the University of St. Thomas men’s basketball team through a 30-1 season.

News Philosophy: "Tell me a story!" – Don Hewitt

Role Models: My parents, definition of role models.

Favorite Sports Teams: I stay true to my roots by cheering for Minnesota’s pro teams…Twins, Timberwolves, Vikings and the Wild!

Favorite Music: A little bit country, a little bit rock ‘n roll. Not much I won’t listen to. Piano rock, old school hip hop, alternative rock are pretty high on my list. Have been getting into blues and jazz lately.

Favorite movies: No Country for Old Men, Star Wars, Page One: A Year Inside the New York Times

Favorite books: Outliers, Dream Team: How Michael, Magic, Larry, Charles, and the Greatest Team Conquered the World and Changed the Game of Basketball Forever, The Life of Reilly

Hobbies/Interests: Basketball, golf, frolf, technology, reading the newspaper with a cup of coffee, road trips, local eateries and coffeeshops

Pets: My childhood dog. Still living a healthy life at my parent’s house. He is a medium schnauzer named Kirby after former Minnesota Twin Kirby Puckett

Something most people don’t know about me: I stand 6’ 4” - but I use to be quite short before I grew a whole foot in one year

What I like best about Southern California: The weather and friendly people. Still checking everything out – but loving it so far!

On the weekend I love to: Check out local attractions or hit the road on an adventure

You’re most likely to see me around town: Sipping coffee and reading, or out shooting a story for tonight’s news

Additional info: If you have an interesting story idea, send me an email! I love to hear from viewers. 

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