Joe Cook comes all the way from Portsmouth, Va by way of Newark, NJ where he was born. This is his first stint in sports broadcasting but he isn’t a rookie.
His love for sports began as a kid and he played football for I.C. Norcom High School and basketball for Tidewater Community College before transferring to Norfolk State University in his native Virginia.
While an undergrad at NSU Joe served as a producer and talent for HOT 91.1FM, was selected to the New York Times Student Journalist Institute in 2009 and earned several media internships.
Also in 2009 Joe had the opportunity to work with multimedia company Edugraphy in Tokyo Japan. There he gained experience as a videographer, video editor, and producer.
After obtaining his undergraduate degree in Mass Communications in 2009 he was a production assistant for ABC affiliate WVEC Ch. 13. Then in 2011 he returned to his alma mater to assume the role of multimedia journalist and radio announcer for NSUSpartans.com and the NSU Sports Network.
Joe’s breakthrough happened in the second round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament. He provided color commentary for what would be considered the biggest upset in college basketball that season when his alma mater, the NSU Spartans, beat the Missouri Tigers in Omaha, Neb. The Spartans, a fifteenth seed, became just the fifth team in NCAA history to beat a number two seed in the tournament. Joe was there.
In addition, Joe started a local sports website, TheSpotVa.com, to provide coverage to the lesser known sports and programs in Virginia all while freelancing for John Rich Media and Cherish The Moment Photo and Video.
Joe is excited to be in Fairbanks and to be exposed to everything Alaska.
When he is not reporting on your team, shooting a game or at a sports event you can find him on a basketball court, playing Xbox (gamertag: COOKI3MONST3R87), listening to music, checking his fantasy football scores, or watching a good movie.
Joe is an avid San Fransisco 49ers, Atlanta Braves, Washington Capitals and New Jersey Devils fan. He roots for the Michigan Wolverines as well as his NSU Spartans. His favorite NBA player is Dwayne Wade but he LOVES the game of basketball and thoroughly enjoys a good game.
If you have any story ideas or just what to chat about sports feel free to contact Joe.
Follow him @KTVFjoecook on Twitter and get on his Facebook page at Joe Cook Sports.