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Joel Connable (born 1973) is an American television producer, journalist and actor. He is a former 6pm and 7pm news anchor at NBC6marker in Miamimarker. He was named "Best News Anchor," by the New Times Magazine in 2009. Connable now runs a company, called Travel TV which produces television programs about travel that air around the world. He is also a former private pilot, and former paramedic, from Long Island, New Yorkmarker. Joel currently lives in Fort Lauderdalemarker.

Connable grew up in Roslyn, New Yorkmarker on Long Islandmarker. Joel was adopted in 1973 in New Orleans, Louisiana by his parents who lived in New York. Joel grew up in Roslyn Estates and attended the Roslyn Public Schools. His father is a writer and used to be the speechwriter for the president of Columbia University in New York. His mother is avidly involved in politics and is also a writer. His parents met at the University of Michigan where they were both students. Joel Connable's brother retired after serving as an Arabic linguist and a Major in the United States Marine Corps.

Connable was an editor on his high school newspaper, The Hilltop Beacon. He was almost suspended during his senior year for publishing a story about the lack of fire extinguishers in the high school. Joel was known for fighting censorship by the school's administration to make sure stories made the front page for students. While at high school, he won second prize in the Martin Luther King Jr. Heritage Project Essay Contest at Sagamore Hill National Historic Site. Joel attended University of Southern Californiamarker, studying broadcast journalism at the Annenberg School for Communication. Joel also studied at Tulane University in New Orleans and Columbia University in New York.

Connable's first broadcasting job was as a newscaster with CBS affiliate WLTXmarker in Columbia, South Carolina, doing a segment called the Restaurant Report Card in South Carolina where he reported the state health inspection scores of restaurants across the state. It became one of the most popular segments on local television in the state . Joel also handed out one Golden Spatula every week to the one restaurant the received the highest grade. Today there are over 200 Golden Spatulas hanging in restaurants around the Midlands of South Carolina. He also did a segment called "Big Money Monday" where he traveled with the State Treasurer to notify people that they were owned money by the State. In the weekly segment, Joel brought the 82 year old State Treasurer with him to surprise people at their homes that they were owed thousands of dollars by the State of South Carolina. In an article, the State Treasurer said the segment helped win him re-election. Joel worked in a special consumer unit called, "The On Your Side Team," where he and another reporter, named Adam Murphy, answered calls about rip offs and scams and helped people get their money back or helped to notify the public about bad businesses. The On Your Side Team turned News19's ratings around after years of being in second and third place.

After three and a half years at News19, Connable was hired at CBS2/KCAL-TVmarker in Los Angeles, California. He spent three years there as a reporter and then in 2005, Joel Connable moved to WTVJmarker, the NBC affiliate in Miami as the 6pm and 7pm news anchor. He also works as a consumer and investigative reporter. He also worked as a fill-in anchor for Early Today on NBC News in New York and as an anchor for MSNBC. Joel has recently decided to stay in South Floridamarker, and renew his contract with NBC6marker.

Connable earned several Emmy awards for reporting. He was also honored by the Los Angeles Press Club and the Associated Press for his breaking news and feature reporting.

Prior to entering journalism, Connable worked as a paramedic for the Nassau County Police Department. He received his paramedic license from the State of New York and New York City Medical Advisory Council certification in 1992. He was trained at St. Vincent's Hospital Institute of Emergency Care in Paramedic Class #12. Connable worked on a one person ambulance where he worked alone and was assisted by police officers on emergency calls. The Nassau County Police Department operates the only full-time EMS service in Nassau County. He also volunteered as a Captain/Paramedic in Nassau Countymarker, New Yorkmarker for a local ambulance corps.

Connable has Type I diabetes. He carries an insulin pump with him 24 hours a day. He has had diabetes since he was 13 years old. Connable was named as Volunteer of the Year by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in 2005 for his work to help find a cure to the disease.

Movie and Television Appearances



Awards

  • Los Angeles Press Club - 2004 - Best Feature Story
  • Los Angeles Area Emmys - News Feature Reporting - 2004
  • Emmy Award - 2003 - Outstanding Feature Reporting - Los Angeles
  • Emmy Award - 2004 - Best Breaking News Coverage - Los Angeles
  • Emmy Award - 2002 - Best Spot News Reporting
  • Emmy Award - 2000 - Best Series Reporting
  • Emmy Award - 2001 - Best Feature Reporting
  • Associated Press Award - 2000 - 2nd Place - Investigative Reporting
  • Associated Press Award - 2005 - 2nd Place Investigative Reporting
  • Edward R Murrow Award - 2004 - Best Feature Report
  • Commendation from the State of South Carolina - 2000 - Consumer Advocacy
  • Volunteer of the Year - Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation - 2004
  • World Travel Awards - 1st Place Travel Reporting


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