Joe Cook's passion is sports. Moving from Virginia to the last frontier in Alaska proves his dedication to his sports broadcasting career. He loves to cover games, produce compelling features, enterprise pieces and connecting with the community.
Joe is the Weekend Sports Anchor for WLTX in Columbia, South Carolina. He has covered dog mushing events like the world famous mile Iditarod sled dog race, the legendary Midnight Sun Baseball game, WCHA Division I hockey, GNAC Division II athletics and the unique high school and community sports scene in Alaska which has made him a well-rounded sports journalist.
Before Alaska, He was on the air in Omaha, Nebraska when the Norfolk State Spartans, his alma mater, upset the Missouri Tigers in the 2nd round of the 2012 NCAA men's basketball tournament. he was also the radio color commentator for NSU men's basketball, the play by play voice for the women's basketball team and multimedia talent for the school's official athletic website NSUSpartans.com.
Joe continues to jump through hoops to get interviews with sports greats like former head football coach Marty Schottenheimer, basketball icon Magic Johnson, former pro football player Bruce Smith and 4 time Iditarod Trail Sled Dog race Champion, Lance Mackey.
Before moving to WLTX, Joe won 2 Alaska Broadcasters Association 2016 Goldie Awards for:
Best Entertainment Program TV division 2 "Interior Sports Extra"
Best News Feature TV Division 2
"Nanook Corner-Meagan Olsen Playing With Diabetes"
Joe graduated from Norfolk State University with a BA in Mass Communications in 2009. He also earned an Associates of Science degree in General Studies from Tidewater Community College in 2007.Since 2007 he has gained experience in print, radio, broadcast and digital journalism.
When Joe is not watching his favorite teams, the San Francisco 49ers and the Atlanta Braves, he’s in the kitchen brushing up on his baking and chef skills.