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Joe Coleman, Volunteer Fellow

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Volunteer fellow Joe Coleman at KNOM Studios, June 2019. Photo: KJ McElwee, KNOM.

Joe Coleman hails from California. Born in Bakersfield, he grew up in Eureka before moving to the Los Angeles area with his family. He studied philosophy at Loyola Marymount University, also in L.A.

“I’ve always enjoyed ‘performing’ in one aspect or another,” Joe says, so “radio was a natural pursuit for me.” Over his 2019-20 service term as a KNOM volunteer fellow, he says he hopes to grow in his broadcasting experience — and also make “good connections with people in the community.”

Joe comes to KNOM with a background of making such community connections: more than 2 years of work with a service organization in college, as well as residencies in a “service-themed living-learning community” his sophomore year and in “a post-grad service focused house as a senior,” he describes. Joe also traveled on a college service trip to the Working Boys Center in Quito, Ecuador.

Even with this prior experience, Joe’s service at KNOM will be a unique next step. Joe says the “how of KNOM” is “what really intrigued me about the program”: the unusual means by which the KNOM mission provides service for people scattered across 100,000 square miles of rural Alaska, the vast majority of whom Joe will never get the chance to meet face-to-face. “The mission’s Catholic identity was also important to me,” Joe adds, “as someone who tries to integrate his faith into daily life.”

His daily duties at KNOM will include news gathering, writing, and on-air reporting and deejaying. In his off hours, Joe says he enjoys “keeping up with sports, reading philosophy and good literature, staying active, (and) being outdoors when possible.”

You can hear Joe’s news announcing and reporting regularly during KNOM newscasts: weekdays during the 8am, 9am, 12noon, and 5pm hours.