Joel Labi is a seasoned News Anchor, Correspondent and Media Strategist 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 Correspondent, presenting and covering news across Asia for clients including Sky News, CGTN, TRT World, ViuTV and other global affiliates.
Working in both Hong Kong and Tokyo, he’s covered numerous high-profile news events including North Korea’s nuclear tests, Japan’s 2017 election and China’s growing global dominance.
At the same time, he’s serving as Global Head of Communications for Redfield Asset Management & Advisory, one of Australia’s most unique Venture Capital Funds.
Using his wealth of media experience and contacts, Joel has helped devise and execute tailored strategies for Redfield’s portfolio companies, including Californian cannabis distributor MJIC and Israeli cyber security firm Votiro.
Joel continues to reside in Hong Kong and has a passion for languages; English, Italian and Hebrew in particular.