Joe Barlow

Published 12/18 2013 12:10PM

Updated 08/14 2014 04:42PM

Joe Barlow is a native Illinoisan and is happy to be telling the stories of Central Illinois. Since he was a youngster, Joe always had a passion for television and comedy.

Joe wanted to be a cartoon character when he grew up, but recently he has learned that is probably impossible. Joe went to Drake University and fell in love with the basement television studio.

Joe created and hosted his own half hour talk show and was nominated for a regional Emmy for best Program Host/Moderator. It truly was an honor to be nominated but the real reward was just having the freedom to have fun on TV.

Joe was happily hired for ciLiving in August 2011. Joe and ciLiving became immediate friends and play well together. Joe enjoys exploring every corner of Central Illinois to find the most interesting people and places. He also occasionally belts out original songs on his ukulele.

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