Joel Connable

Joel Connable (February 5, 1973 – November 6, 2012) was an American television host, news anchor and reporter, who anchored and reported at KOMO 4 News in Seattle. Joel also worked as a travel journalist and ran a travel website and a company called Travel TV Inc. He was a former 6pm and 7pm news anchor at NBC6 in Miami. He was named "Best News Anchor," by the New Times Magazine in 2009. Connable made regular appearances as a travel expert on Fox News, CBS television stations, KTLA, the BBC and many other television networks. Connable also anchored and reported the news for CBS in Los Angeles and South Carolina as well as for MSNBC and "Early Today," on NBC. Connable was also a former private pilot, and former paramedic, from Long Island, New York. Joel was also a writer for the Huffington Post and has a weekly travel radio show on Cox Radio Stations.

Connable grew up in Roslyn, New York, on Long Island. 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 Ben, retired from the US Marine Corps after serving as an Arabic linguist and a Major. His brother served several tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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 California, 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 WLTX 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. Joel 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. Connable also did a segment called "Big Money Monday" where he traveled with State Treasurer Grady Patterson to notify people that they were owned money (unclaimed property) by the State. In the weekly segment, Joel brought the 82 year old State Treasurer with him to surprise people at their homes. 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-TV in Los Angeles, California. He spent three years there as a reporter and then in 2005, Joel Connable moved to WTVJ, 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.

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 County, New York for a local ambulance corps.

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