Joe committed to teaching high school full-time in 2008 and has not looked back. Here is a sampling of his work as a journalist before he plunged into teaching:
Joe’s one-on-one interview with LeBron James in 2007 when he asks, “Were you ever a Cleveland sports fan?” LeBron responds, “No, not at all.”
Joe’s up close and personal story on Linda Lee Bukowski, widow of literary icon Charles Bukowski.
Joe talks NBA and Clippers with Los Angeles icon Warren Olney on Which Way, L.A.?
Joe Stevens is in his 13th year as a high school English teacher in Southern California. He is an award-winning writing instructor and an award-winning journalist. For the past 11 years, he has written a blog, the Snooze Button Generation, that has a dedicated audience and has received more than 1.3 million views.
Reading and writing has been a part of Joe’s entire life. During college, he freelanced stories into his hometown newspaper, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, then was a staff writer at Newsday and the Long Beach Press-Telegram for 12 years. His work has been published in numerous publications including The Village Voice and Salon.
Joe has taught undergraduate and graduate writing and reporting at USC’s Annenberg School for Communication. He has master’s degrees in journalism from New York University and education from California State University Dominguez Hills.
The Ohio State graduate resides in Southern California with his wife and two teenage daughters and has been a lifelong Cleveland sports fan.