It is with great pleasure that the Colorado PGA recognizes Joe Cole as the 2018 Todd Phipers Media Award Winner. Cole is the former weeknight anchor for FOX21 in Colorado Spring and now handles the tasks of News Director.
Cole is a graduate of the University of Alabama where he received his degree in Broadcasting with a double minor in Psychology and Speech Communications.
Cole started his career in broadcasting as a reporter for the Fox Affiliate in Fresno, Calif. From there, he moved behind the anchor desk as a morning anchor in Medford, Ore., followed by a short stint at KRDO in Colorado Springs. On March 11, 2001, Cole anchored the first-ever broadcast of FOX21 News at Nine.
For 10 years, Cole wore two hats, those of News Director and Anchor. Since 2001, programming at Fox21 News has seen great success, evolving from just a one-hour nightly broadcast with 16 staff to adding a four-hour morning show, a 5:00 p.m. show, a 6:30 p.m. show and a two-hour weekend morning show from 5:00 – 7:00 a.m. directing more than 40 staff.
Some of the highlights for Cole as an anchor included working on stories such as the Waldo Canyon Fire, Black Forest Fire and Planned Parenthood shooting. These were trying times for the community and he was honored to share reporting responsibilities from the desk, helping get important information to the public as quickly as possible. Fox21 won broadcasting awards for some of this coverage.
Cole has called southern Colorado home since 2000. When not at work, he can probably be found somewhere on a local golf course.