Joe Tasca has worked in the WICH news department since the spring of 2007. He does it all, from anchoring newscasts to covering local meetings across the region. Born and raised in Westerly, Rhode Island, Joe is a proud graduate of Quinnipiac University in Hamden. He has a great passion for reading and writing (but not arithmetic). Joe is an avid consumer of social science books, particularly contemporary philosophy. He also has a strong interest in how technology impacts human behavior.
Joe is a huge hockey fan, and travels across the continent every winter to enjoy the sport. He writes a popular hockey column for the website Kukla’s Korner. During the warmer months, Joe can most likely be found playing a round of golf at Elmridge, his home course, in Pawcatuck.
Place of birth: Westerly, Rhode Island
Three things you could, but would rather not, live without: A computer, books, and meat. I could easily ditch the cell phone, too.
Oft used phrase or favorite quote: The unexamined life is not worth living.
Cartoon, fictional, or real life character you would most like hang out with and why: On the cartoon side, Jessica Rabbit for obvious reasons. In reality, Paul McCartney because he’s lived an incredible life.
Most shockingly awful or worst tasting thing you’ve ever eaten: Does alcohol count? If not, definitely cantaloupe.
What did you want to grow up to be? A broadcaster.
On a scale of 1-10, how well do you sing? I’d give myself a 4… in the shower.
Do you push the elevator button more than once? No. Do people really do that?
Do you have a favorite sound? If so, what is it? Dog bark. It’s a constant reminder of loyalty and friendship.
Favorite comfort food or guilty pleasure? Chicken and dumplings
What’s the story behind a time when you got locked out? I locked my keys and cell phone inside my car while travelling through Rimouski, Quebec in 2007. It’s a French-speaking city, and my friend and I had to find a way to communicate with wait staff at a local restaurant so we could contact AAA (or CAA, in this case). We had to be at a hockey game in an hour, so I was panicked. I was so grateful when the serviceman arrived to open the car. He didn’t speak English, but he offered up a nice smile and a heartfelt “Merci” after I gave him a ten dollar tip.
If you had to change your first and last name, what would you change them to? Something French. Maybe Jean-Philippe Lefebvre. There aren’t enough newsmen with hyphenated names.
If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? You did good, kid.