Joe Astrouski


Joe Astrouski has been a reporter for WAND since 2015 and is a member of the station's I-Team. His work here has earned a national Wilbur Award for religion journalism and a regional EMMY for environmental reporting.

Before coming to Central Illinois, Joe worked as a reporter and producer for Wisconsin Public Television. While there, he traveled the state finding and producing stories for Wisconsin Life, work that earned him a regional Emmy for Human Interest reporting. Joe started his work in Terre Haute, Indiana as a reporter and fill-in weatherman. As a journalism student at Eastern Illinois University, he spent a semester in New Hampshire, covering that state’s 2008 presidential primary and traveled to Japan and South Korea on a reporting fellowship. He is pursuing a master's degree in political science from the University of Illinois, Springfield and has served as a journalism instructor at Eastern Illinois University.

A proud Belleville native, Joe is a member of the White Castle Hall of Fame who enjoys fishing, cooking, traveling and playing music. His wife, Charity, is a school band director in Shelbyville, Illinois.

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