|"I'm thrilled to be back. I'm working with great, talented people doing what I love to do. It doesn't get much better than that."|
Joe Schmit returned to 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS in January 2010 to serve as sports director and main sports anchor after a three-year and a half break from broadcasting.
Over his 21 years with 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS, Joe won thirteen Emmy Awards from the National Television Academy. In 2000, he took home four Emmys in the categories of Sports Anchor, Sports Program, Sports Live/Unedited Program and Sports Segment/Feature. Joe received an Emmy award in both 2002 and 2003 for Best Sports Anchor and Best Sports Program for “Joe Schmit's SportsWrap”. He was also honored with a National Headliner Award for leading 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS’ coverage of the 2001 death of Minnesota Vikings offensive lineman, Kory Stringer.
Before joining the station in 1985, he was sports director for WBAY-TV in Green Bay, Wisconsin. His career also includes positions as weekend sports anchor for KCRG-TV in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and WKBT-TV in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Joe earned his degree in Mass Communications from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
Joe has been honored twice for his dedication to the Brothers and Big Sisters program. He received the Jim Kelly Distinguished Service Award in 2000 and the Odyssey Award for commitment to youth mentorship in 2001. Joe was also honored as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund Community Leader of the Year in 2005. He is past president and board member of the Fairway Foundation and has contributed time to many other charitable organizations. Currently, Joe is on the PACER Advisory Board and is a member of Minnesota Vikings Advisory Board.
Joe, his wife Laura and their three children live in Bloomington. In their free time, the Schmit family enjoys travel, theater and of course sports.