Joel Labi is a seasoned Australian journalist with more than 10 years experience in the United States, Australia, Asia and the Middle East.
In 2006, when Joel was just 18, he secured an on-air role with 2GB, Australia’s highest rated radio station. Within three years, he’d become the youngest person in the station’s history to be promoted to Breakfast News Anchor, working alongside Alan Jones, Australia’s most prominent broadcaster. In this role, he was twice nominated as the nation’s “Best News Reader” by the Australian Commercial Radio Association.
Away from the anchor desk, Joel reported on major stories including the London 2012 Olympics, deadly conflict on the Israel/Gaza border and numerous Australian elections.
In 2014, Joel relocated to New York, becoming the station’s US Correspondent, where he reported on major stories from the United Nations, Wall Street and the White House.
Joel joined CNN in 2015 in Atlanta, where, aside from news show producing, he reported on Australian political stories, the Sicilian Mafia as well as breaking news situations including Tel Aviv’s violent riots in May of that year.
A former CNN manager likened Joel to a one-man newsroom: “Joel is extremely versatile and could probably newsgather, write, produce, self-supervise and anchor his own shows if there was enough time to do it all”.
Following a promotion in 2016, Joel relocated to Hong Kong to produce ‘News Stream’, anchored by Kristie Lu Stout, CNN’s flagship program in Asia.
In May 2017, Joel joined Thomson Reuters as a freelance News Anchor and Reporter, working on programs for ViuTV, CGTN, TRT World and other global affiliates.
At the same time, he was also appointed Global Head of Communications for Redfield Asset Management & Advisory, using his wealth of media experience to help devise strategies for its portfolio companies. These include Israeli cyber security firm Votiro and cannabis investment fund MJIC.
Joel continues to reside in Hong Kong and has a passion for languages; English, Italian and Hebrew in particular.