Joe Cook is the Sports Director at WAPT in Jackson, MS. He comes to Jackson as a Weekend Sports Anchor at WLTX in Columbia, South Carolina. His dream has always been to live and work in an area that has a major sports team. Joe is proud to have reported on Clemson football’s national championship and South Carolina women’s basketball national championship, as well as other major league teams. Most recently, Joe traveled to Atlanta to cover Super Bowl LIII and Charlotte for the NBA All-Star Weekend. Joe’s coverage includes the Women’s Basketball National Championship, Stanley Cup Finals, 2 NCAA men’s tournaments and men’s Final Four, two “Masters” practice rounds, and a first-round and SEC football, covering South Carolina.
He came to Columbia by way of Fairbanks, Alaska. That gave him an experience many sportscasters only dream of. He covered dog mushing events like the world-famous mile Iditarod sled dog race, the legendary Midnight Sun Baseball game, WCHA Division I hockey, GNAC Division II athletics, and the unique high school and community sports scene in Alaska which has made him a well-rounded sports journalist. Before Alaska, Joe was on the air in Omaha, Nebraska when the Norfolk State Spartans, his alma mater, upset the Missouri Tigers in the 2nd round of the 2012 NCAA men's basketball tournament. Joe was the radio color commentator for NSU men's basketball, the play-by-play voice for the women's basketball team, and multimedia talent for the school's official athletic website NSUSpartans.com.
Joe continues to jump through hoops to get interviews with sports greats like former head football coach Marty Schottenheimer, basketball icon Magic Johnson, former pro football player Bruce Smith and 4-time Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race Champion, Lance Mackey.
But Joe is not just talking the talk on air, he has walked the walk on the field and the court. Joe was a wide receiver and tight end for the IC Norcom High School Greyhounds in Portsmouth, VA. He went on to play basketball at Tidewater Community College and was a starter and captain of the team, taking his team to the finish in the Sweet 16 national tournament. All before coming to NSU, where he was editor of the school newspaper-Spartan Echo, radio producer, board operator, and talk show host at WNSB.
When Joe is not watching his favorite teams, the San Francisco 49ers and the Atlanta Braves, he’s in the kitchen brushing up on his baking and chef skills. Yes, Joe Cooks. Pun intended.