Joe Henke

"For me, News21 is a rare opportunity to work collaboratively with some of the nation's top journalism students, while being guided by a great line-up of editors. The chance to collaboratively spend a large amount of time and resources on an individual series is something many newsrooms can't do these days. Through News21 I have been able to improve my research, reporting and multimedia skills."

A native of Duluth, Minn., Joe Henke received his undergraduate degree in broadcast journalism and communication studies from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn., before entering the master’s program at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. At St. Thomas, he was the multimedia editor of the student newspaper, The Aquin, co-directed the campus radio station KUST, and was the play-by-play announcer for Tommie Athletics. Henke also interned at the Minneapolis/St. Paul NBC affiliate KARE 11 News. At the Cronkite School, Henke has reported from Puerto Rico on the political status of the island territory and will report on politics from the Cronkite School’s Washington bureau this fall. As a part of News21, he examined the role of activist secretaries of state around the country and their role in election administration and reform.