Joe is the multimedia specialist for Strategic Communications at UC Davis, where he works with various departments to create compelling visual content. Producing mostly video, his work can be viewed on many campus Web pages and social media outlets.
Joe came to UC Davis in August 2012 after working several years in journalism as a reporter, editor and photographer. He is originally from California’s Central Valley, where he grew up among cornfields and fighter jets. He attended West Hills Community College before transferring to San Jose State University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in photography, while also heavily involved in the journalism department.
From there Joe ventured to New York City where he earned a master’s degree in digital media journalism from the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University. While in Manhattan, Joe interned at The New York Times on the Lens Blog. After Columbia, Joe did a stint at the Star-Ledger in New Jersey as a visual intern, where he covered everything from the New York Yankees and protest in Trenton to even a rodeo — yes there are real cowboys in Jersey.
Watch some of the videos Joe has worked on.
What inspires me to do what I do?
I just have a passion for telling stories — whether it’s with a camera or pen and paper. It’s a passion I can always get better at. There’s no plateau or ceiling, and that’s part of what makes it worthwhile for me.
Random fact about me
First time I was ever on a plane, I flew it. I was writing a story about pilot lessons at a local airport and had yet to ever fly on a plane.
The Sandlot. Anytime it’s on TV I have to watch, no matter what language it’s being broadcast in.
What is your guilty pleasure?
Carne asada fries