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Joel Samberg, a resident of Avon, Connecticut, is an author, advertising and public relations copywriter, journalist and playwright. He began writing professionally at the age of 17 as a stringer for his hometown newspaper, The Westbury Times, and continued as a student journalist at Hofstra University, from which he graduated in 1979 with a degree in communication arts.
He began his career later that year as an assistant editor on a video industry trade magazine, followed by a similar position on a photo industry trade magazine. He then moved into marketing communications for such firms as Bozell & Jacobs Public Relations, for which he was an account executive, Olympus, as public relations manager, and Agfa, for which he served as employee and corporate communications manager for 12 years.
In 2003, Joel became a full-time freelance marketing communications writer, and a regional journalist. As a copywriter he has written many successful websites, direct mail brochures, ads, press releases and case studies for clients in industries ranging from retirement communities and digital product manufacturers to publishers and insurance companies. As a journalist his features, essays, columns and trade articles have appeared in many publications, including Hartford Magazine, The New York Times, New Jersey Savvy Living Magazine, Mobility Magazine, Dramatics Magazine and many others.
Joel is the author of several nonfiction books on religion and culture, including a biography of his grandfather, a noted novelty songwriter. On behalf of his books, Joel has appeared at more than three dozen film festivals, book fairs and community centers coast to coast, as well as on several radio and cable TV shows. He has also published three nonfiction Kindle books, including a comic retelling of his New Jersey-to-Connecticut relocation nightmare. You can read up on all of Joel’s books from the Links page.
Several of Joel’s short plays have been performed on stage, including “Six Tens from a Fifty,” produced by the Love Creek Theatre Company in New York City, and “The Ballad of Bobby Blue,” which debuted at the Phoenix Stage Company in Naugatuck, CT. He also wrote and recorded a report on NPR’s “All Things Considered” about singer Karen Carpenter, which became one of the most popular programs on the network in the first half of 2013. In addition to his theater and radio activities, Joel participated in a feature role as a 'surprise guest' for the realty TV show pilot "Zinging Telegrams," and was interviewed on camera for the upcoming documentary on Dr. Demento called "Under the Smogberry Trees."
Joel lives with his wife Bonnie, a specialty cake designer, in Avon, CT. They have two daughters, Celia and Kate, and a son, Daniel. Celia, a resume writing specialist, and her husband Dave Stangarone, are the proud parents of three-year-old Veronica and two-year-old twins Sam and Jillian. Dave is a professional trumpet player and senior sales manager for Aircom Aviation Services. Kate, a graduate of Emerson College, is pursuing a career in voiceover, sketch comedy and acting, and currently performs with both The Great Make-Believe Society and Sea Tea Improv, comedy groups in Connecticut. Daniel is a recent graduate of the University of Massachusetts and is currently working in consumer research and data management in Berkeley Heights, NJ.