After graduating from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism in 2003, Joel began his career working for the Natural Resources Defense Council, the groundbreaking Air America Radio network, helping produce a show hosted by Rachel Maddow, working alongside such talents as Mark Maron, Chuck D. and Al Franken.
In 2005, Joel was hired as a reporter for the International Herald Tribune in Bangkok, fulfilling a lifelong dream of living and working abroad and stayed for 12 years. During his time there, he worked as the regional correspondent for The Hollywood Reporter and filed stories for CNN and the National Broadcasting Services of Thailand. He also lectured as a media studies professor at Thailand's two most prominent universities for ten years. After 12 years of living abroad, Joel moved back to the U.S. in 2017 after accepting a lecturing job at American University. He is now working as a content producer for the community TV channel, DCTV.