A Georgia native and lifelong cinephile, Joel began his career as a film critic with the N.C. State Technician in August 2000. He spent three years at Technician before later continuing his work as both a news journalist and film critic with The Mount Airy News and Ashe Mountain Times.
In March 2010, Joel was awarded second place in Criticism at the North Carolina Press Associations' annual awards.
Joel began writing film reviews for WNCN in May 2011. In August 2012, he made his first appearance as a television film critic on the WNCN program “The Scene.”
When he's not working or watching movies, which is rare, Joel likes to play disc golf, brew beer and follow N.C. State athletics.