My name is Joe Fisher, but you’ve probably already figured that out. I was born and raised in a small town in northwest Iowa called Ashton. When I say “small” I mean a population of less than 500 people small!
After graduating from nearby Sheldon High School in 2004, I went into the workforce. I tried a mix of different jobs such as underground communication installation, water treatment, and meat-cutting. Finally, after several years of pushing shovels and trying to keep my fingers attached I decided it was time to go back to school.
In the spring of 2013, I enrolled at Northwest Iowa Community College (NWICC). Initially I didn’t know what I wanted to do, but before long it started to become clear. I realized that I truly enjoyed writing. Essays? Bring them on!
When I began my education at NWICC I wasn’t sure if I would pursue college any further. Then I managed to make the Dean’s List each semester while maintaining a 4.0 GPA throughout my two years at NWICC! I also earned the honor of being named to the 2015 All-Iowa Academic Team!
Now, I have continued molding my writing skills at the University of Iowa. I am a Journalism and Mass Communication Major, with a Minor in Sport Studies. I will be receiving my Bachelor’s Degree this summer (2017).
During my time at UI, I have gained a wealth of experience, not just in writing, but multimedia journalism, broadcast news, and sports broadcasting.
I have spent the last two years working for the Big Ten Network Student U. At Student U, we work as a team to deliver quality live-sports broadcasts to fans of Big Ten sports, from wrestling to basketball. I have worked as a camera operator, technical director, and even color commentator!
I have also been published in Iowa’s highest circulating newspaper, the Des Moines Register. You can check out my feature article here!
Thank you for checking out my page. I hope you enjoy my work!