Joe Fernandez

Joe began his journalism career in 2003 as a part-timer in the high school sports department for Newsday. Many football, baseball, girls volleyball gamers - and a few Yankees' sidebars later - he took a full-time gig as the Assistant News Manager for the web site, where he hosted a H.S. sports highlight show called "The N-Zone" in 2006. A year earlier, Joe began training Brazilian jiu-jitsu - and inspired by UFC Hall of Famer Royce Gracie's return to the Octagon, he began covering the sport of mixed martial arts for the newspaper and the web site. In 2008, he accepted a job offer to work as a Publicist for the UFC in Las Vegas. After three very-busy years in the desert, he became the Executive Director of PR for Bellator MMA in Chicago. Joe returned to the newsroom as the Online Sports Editor for the Chicago Sun-Times in 2012. He was most recently the Digital Sports Editor for the Southern California News Group in Los Angeles before returning to Chicago to begin his own business.

*Joe is also a former NCAA Division I baseball player, and is a brown belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.

Email: joe@whatplanetamion.com

Twitter: @WhatPlanetPod

 
 
Joe with his son, Santino, in his right hand, and Santino's brother, Mr. Tibbs.   

Joe with his son, Santino, in his right hand, and Santino's brother, Mr. Tibbs.