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Joe Gisondi

Professor of Journalism

I worked at several newspapers across Florida for more than 20 years, mostly in sports – Orlando Sentinel, Florida Today, Clearwater Sun, Fort Myers News-Press. Before coming to Eastern in 2002, I taught for six years at Valencia Community College where the student newspaper earned three national Pacemaker Awards, four regional awards, and several state awards. At Eastern, I advised the Daily Eastern News from 2004-08 during which it also earned several national Pacemaker Award nominations for its print and online editions, winning the online category once. Currently, I primarily teach reporting courses and am working on several longer writing projects. Check out my sports journalism book, Field Guide To Covering Sports, my sports media website, and my professional website at

Areas of Expertise

  • Communication
  • Journalism
  • Sports


Master of Fine Arts, Creative Non-Fiction, Spalding University
Master of Arts, Literature, University of Central Florida
Bachelor of Arts, English, University of South Florida

Research Interests

sports media, outdoors

Contact Information

Phone: 217-581-6003