Tanisha Joe

Public Affairs Producer

Arkansas Education Television Network

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Tanisha Joe

Tanisha Joe almost went to graduate school, but a professor encouraged her to consider instead a job with the Arkansas Education Television Network.

She took an administrative position with AETN in 1996, and that made all the difference.

Now as a producer, she's developed programming that's made a social impact in the lives of women with breast cancer and garnered attention for the children of women in prison. She has also produced "Arkansas Week" and "Arkansans Ask the Governor."

Joe's professional work has become her community service.

"(It's) given me a greater idea that what we do matters and helps people," she said.

A program advising women to perform self-exams and to get second and third medical opinions helped one woman get an early breast cancer diagnosis after the disease had been missed by one doctor. The more recent, "Mothers in Prison: Children in Crisis" documentary depicted the lives of Arkansas children with a parent in prison.

Originally from Stephens (Ouachita County), she grew up watching PBS programming. She graduated in 1995 from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville with a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism.