Joanne C. Gerstner
Email: joanne at joannecgerstner.com
Current: Commissioner, State of Michigan Women in Sports Task Force; U.S. Department of State Fulbright Specialist; Co-author, Back in the Game: Why Concussion Doesn’t Have to End Your Athletic Career; Sports Journalist in Residence/Professor of Journalism, School of Journalism, Michigan State University; freelance sports contributor, The New York Times.
Awards/honors/fellowships: 2020 Oakland University Distinguished Alumni Award; 2019-2022 addition to Fulbright Specialist roster, 2017 Clarion Award for best non-fiction, Association for Women in Communications; 2017 Faculty Wall of Honor, College of Communication Arts and Sciences, Michigan State University; 2017 Headliner of the Year, Association for Women in Communications – Detroit Chapter; 2017 Faculty Impact Award winner, College of Communication Arts and Sciences, Michigan State University; 2015 Jacobs Foundation Neuroscience fellow, Zurich, Switzerland; 2014 Ann Miller Award, Association for Women in Sports Media; 2013 Knight Wallace Fellow, University of Michigan; multiple shared team APSE awards, Best of Gannett; 1995 Newsweek/Steve Saler Fellow.
Education: B.A., Journalism, Oakland University. M.S., Journalism, Medill School, Northwestern University.
Experience: ESPN/espnW, Detroit News, Lansing State Journal, USA Today, Cincinnati Enquirer, NBA Inside Stuff/PGA Magazine associate editor, Flint Journal.
Owner of Gerstner Media LLC: Offering media services such as social and traditional strategic consulting, writing, editing, social media strategy, ghost writing, and business/HR communications project management. Clients include: the New York Times, espnW.com, ESPN.com, University of Michigan Athletic Communications, U.S. Olympic Committee, Redline Publishing, University of Michigan Health Center. Editing/ghostwriting of three business books.
Freelance writer: Work has appeared in Signature Magazine, HOUR Magazine, AYP Magazine, Go magazine, Salt Lake Tribune, Miami Herald, Medill Magazine, Overtime Magazine, Oakland University Magazine, NPR.com
TV/radio/conference appearances: 2020 Jacobs Foundation Young Alumni Summit; 2019 Big Ten-Ivy League TBI conference keynote; 2018 Jacobs Foundation Young Alumni summit speaker, ESPN, NPR, South by Southwest Interactive Sports 2015 panelist, BBC, hosted radio shows on WDFN and WKAR, guested on numerous shows across the U.S., Canada and Europe. Panelist, South By Southwest Interactive Sports 2015; Have delivered lectures at Central Michigan, University of Michigan, Wayne State, Michigan State, Iowa, Northwestern, and Oakland Universities. Also an invited speaker to assembly at the Associated Press Sports Editors annual conference. Commencement speaker, Oakland University.
Educator: Sports Journalist in Residence, Michigan State University, Associate adjunct professor, Madonna University and University of Detroit Mercy; lecturer, Oakland University. Profiled in Strategic Sports Communications textbook.
Other involvement: Board of Directors, Headway Foundation (2018-); President (2004-06), Chair of the Board (2006-08), VP of Development (2008-09), VP of Outreach (2012-13), Student Chapter Coordinator (2015-16) Association for Women in Sports Media.