Joe Schmit Bio, Age, Family, Wife, Cancer, Net Worth, KSTP-TV Career

Joe Schmit Biography

Joe Schmit is multiple award-winning journalist from the United States working as a Sports Director and the main sports anchor for KSTP-TV. He joined KSTP-TV in 1985.


How old is Joe Schmit?  – Age

He is 41 years old as of November 13, 2021. He was born in 1980 in Seymour, WI, United States of America.

Joe Schmit Education – Family

He has a brother named John Schmit. He attended Seymour High School before enrolling in college at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in La Crosse, Wisconsin. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. He also earned a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication/Media Studies from the same university.

Joe Schmit Wife

He is married to Laura Sahr Schmit. The couple has three children; two daughters Gaby Schmit, Natalie Thomas Schmit, and a son. Joe and his wife Laura once chaired a major capital campaign of $7 million for VEAP which is the largest food shelf in Minnesota.

Joe Schmit KSTP Cancer

Schmit was diagnosed with MALT lymphoma, a rare type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. His doctors at the Mayo Clinic, however, did not treat him right away, but after three months, they discovered that his cancer had stalled. After that, Joe’s lymphoma became active again, and doctors advised him to seek treatment, as opposed to the first time. Joe received chemotherapy and cancer treatment at the Mayo Clinic. Schmidt is a cancer survivor who has used his media platform to raise awareness about the disease.

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Joe Schmit Career

He was also honored with a National Headliner Award for his role in 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS’ coverage of Minnesota Vikings offensive lineman Kory Stringer’s death in 2001. Joe is also a frequent guest on 1500 ESPN radio. He is a popular keynote speaker and has written his first book, “Silent Impact: Influence Through Purpose, Persistence, and Passion.”

He was the Sports Director for WBAY-TV in Green Bay, Wisconsin, before joining the station in 1985. In addition, he has worked as a weekend sports anchor for KCRG-TV in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and WKBT-TV in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Joe graduated from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse with a degree in Mass Communications.

Joe has been a youth mentor for many years and is dedicated to advocating for a variety of community organizations. Big Brothers Big Sisters is at the top of his priority list. He is a past president and board member of the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Greater Twin Cities.

He has raised over $3 million for the organization through the Joe Schmit Celebrity Golf Tournament, which had a 16-year run. He received the Jim Kelly Distinguished Service Award from Big Brothers and Big Sisters in 2000, and the Odyssey Award for commitment to youth mentorship in 2001. Joe was also named Community Leader of the Year by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund (JDRF) in 2005.

He is a past president and board member of the Fairway Foundation, as well as a volunteer for numerous other charitable organizations. Joe currently serves on the PACER Advisory Board as well as the Minnesota Vikings Advisory Board. Joe and his wife Laura chaired a major capital campaign for VEAP, Minnesota’s largest food shelf.