A former Nickelodeon Online producer & head writer, law school dropout, and doomed
Wheel-of-Fortune contestant, Joel Schwartzberg is now an Internet executive, member of the
Online News Association and the National Academy of Media Arts & Sciences.
Joel's collection of essays, The 40-Year-Old Version, was published by Wyatt-MacKenzie in June,
2009. In 2010, the book won First Place in the humor category of the 2010 Next Generation Indie
Book Awards, and Second Place in the humor category of the 2010 ForeWord Magazine "Book
of the Year" Awards. The book was also a finalist in the essays category.
Joel is also an official blogger for The Huffington Post, as well as a featured blogger for the Kids
& Media Channel of iVillage.
The father of three, Joel's freelance essays have been published in Newsweek, The New York
Times Magazine, The New York Daily News, The New York Post, New Jersey Monthly,
The Star-Ledger, Chicken Soup for the Soul, Babble.com, PBS Parents, AOL ParentDish,
and in the flimsy pages of regional parenting magazines littering waiting rooms throughout the U.S.
Joel's awards include placing 2nd for the second year in a row at the 2009 National Society of
Newspaper Columnists' Column-Writing Competition. He received 3rd place in 2010.
He was also named a finalist for "Best Commentary" at the 2008 Online News Association Awards
and "Humor Writer of the Month" in 2007 by the award-winning Erma Bombeck Writing
Workshop. In 2010, Joel was asked to be a judge for the prestigious 2010 Erma BombeckWriting
Joel has won over 25 awards since 2006 from Humor Press' "America's Funniest Humor Writing
Contest", including 1st Place, 2nd Place, 4th Place, and 5th Place (Still looking for that elusive
third!). Not exactly Pulitzer Prizes, but Joel takes credit wherever he can find it.
Joel has ten unproduced screenplays to his credit, including a 2007 Shriekfest Film Festival
Screenplay Competition Finalist, "Midnight Screaming"; a 2006 Shriekfest Film Festival Screenplay
Competition Semi-Finalist, "Guardian Angels"; and a 2005 Shriekfest Film Festival Screenplay
Competition Finalist, "Rosabelle Believe." "Midnight Screaming" was optioned in 2010.
Wait, wait, there's more: A 1990 National Champion in public speaking, Joel was inducted into
the National Forensic Association Hall of Fame in 2002. He coached competitive forensics teams
at Queens College, St. Joseph's University, Seton Hall University, and the University of
Pennsylvania, and is now instructing Mediabistro classes in public speaking and author publicity.
In his free time, Joel likes to eat, breathe, and watch things move.