[ Meet Joe Watkins ]
Host, State of Independence
Joe Watkins has been blessed with an extraordinary life. From early years in the projects of Queens to an office inside President George HW Bush’s White House, his story inspires others to trust God and find dignity and value in their fellow man.
As a commentator on Bloomberg, Al Jazeera, MSNBC, CNN, and Fox News, Joe has been a leader for civility and decency in the public square. With decades on the frontlines of politics, finance, and educational reform, he confronts issues with keen observations outside the realm of partisan talking points.
His introduction to politics came in 1981 when he joined the staff of newly elected U.S. Senator Dan Quayle. In 1984, he was the Republican nominee in Indiana’s 10th Congressional District but was defeated by the incumbent in the general election. Joe returned to Pennsylvania to serve as an assistant to the President of the University of Pennsylvania until his enlistment in the 1988 Bush/Quayle campaign and subsequent transition to the White House to serve as associate director in the White House Office of Public Liaison.
Since his public service, he’s served in a variety of leadership roles in charity and non-profit organizations. Joe holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Arts in Christian Education from Princeton Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Stephanie, have three children and 6 grandchildren and live in Philadelphia.
As the pastor of Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church—the oldest African American Lutheran Church in Philadelphia—he remains connected to the community’s deep needs and unique challenges.
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Joe Watkins appeared with CNBC host Kelly Evans to outline ways to unify the country in response to the police-related deaths of African Americans. Watkins echoed a CATO Institute call for new professional standards for policing in America. He also stressed the need...
Allentown and Philadelphia-based, LighthouseTV, has announced the return of former White House aide and pastor, Joe Watkins, to its fall lineup. The faith-based channel recently expanded its offerings of original programming. The one-time host of CNN's Crossfire, and...
Joe Watkins believes the answer to incivility is a strong dose of Practical Consideration, the title of his most recent book. "How we treat each other matters in politics and our daily lives. We don't have to be polarized and we don't have to be held hostage by...