Joe Olmo started with WIFR in November 2017 as a producer for 23 News This Morning, but sports has always been a passion.
“I knew I wanted to be involved in sports, but I knew I wasn’t going to be a pro athlete,” Joe says. “Originally, I wanted to get into print journalism because I love to write, but I also loved to act and be on stage, so television seemed fitting.”
A Streamwood native, Joe attended Northern Illinois University and received degrees in broadcast journalism with minors in history and communications.
He credits his mom with helping to shape the man he is today, and adds that his wife is the most important person in his life. The couple will welcome a new addition in late February.
But when at work, Joe’s focus is on the incredible athletes in northwest Illinois.
“My favorite thing about being a journalist is telling the athletes' stories – where they are and how they got there. Highlights are nice, but being able to go beyond the playing field and showcase an athlete in a different way is always more rewarding,” Joe adds. “This area thrives on local sports. Whether it’s Friday night football or a Wednesday on the volleyball court, high school athletes deserve to have the spotlight on them.”
OUTSIDE OF WORK ...: I like to play video games.
A SURPRISING FACT ABOUT YOU: I can wiggle my ears.
FAVORITE DRINK: Mountain Dew
FAVORITE DINNER ENTREE: If I'm making it, probably a steak with grilled vegetables and roasted potatoes.
FAVORITE DESSERT: Any kind of pie really.
FAVORITE HOLIDAY: Thanksgiving. Why? The three F's (Football, Food and Family)
FAVORITE SEASON: Summer. My birthday is in August.
FAVORITE SPORT: Football, hockey and basketball are probably two-three. I love to bowl as well.
FAVORITE MOVIE: "The Dark Knight"
FAVORITE BOOK/AUTHOR: I don't really read books ... so, Dr. Seuss?
MOST DARING THING YOU'VE DONE: There was an excursion my wife and I did while on our honeymoon in Mexico. We got to zip-line over a lagoon with crocodiles, and I climbed the ruins. It got pretty steep!