New York, NY
Joe Armstrong was born in Fort Worth, raised in Abilene, and earned a B.A. in journalism at Trinity University and a juris doctor degree from The University of Texas School of Law.
Joe has been in the publishing business for 35 years and published ten magazines, including New York, Rolling Stone, New West, Saveur, Worth, and Civilization (the magazine of the Library of Congress); he was also a media advisor to Time, Random House, Doubleday, American Express Publishing, Hearst, Gannett, and USA Today, and to John F. Kennedy Jr. and his political magazine, George.
Now on an unpaid sabbatical from ABC NEWS where he worked for three years with Peter Jennings and then two years with Diane Sawyer, Joe has devoted the past few years to volunteer work with Paul Newman's Hole in the Wall Gang Camp for children with life-threatening illnesses, the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders in Austin, The Lance Armstrong LiveStrong Foundation, Habitat for Humanity in New Orleans, and has made numerous trips to Cuba to take supplies to orphanages and build a chapel.
In addition to being on the board of the Harry Ransom Center, Joe is actively involved with Ethel Kennedy and her daughter, Kerry, in the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights.
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