Joseph King

Sports & Culture Fellow

Joseph King is the sports and culture reporting fellow for the Gulf States Newsroom, a regional collaboration among NPR and public radio stations in Alabama (WBHM), Mississippi (MPB) and Louisiana (WWNO and WRKF). He looks beyond the scoreboard to report on how the region’s sports culture filters through everything from public policy to race relations to food.

Before joining the team, Joseph interned as a multimedia journalist at WVUA 23 and was a freelance reporter for Leafly. He is a graduate of the University of Alabama where he wrote for Nineteen Fifty-Six magazine and the Crimson White. While at Alabama, Joseph was given the opportunity to study abroad in France. There, he wrote stories on food, fashion, wine and government.

Joseph is a native of Birmingham, Alabama, and spends his free time working out, reading and studying French and Spanish.

Jon Batiste reflects on the South’s musical history: ‘I’m rooted in something bigger than me’

Before a recent concert in Birmingham, the Grammy-winning jazz pianist took time to learn more about the city’s history and influence on American music.

For some Gulf South schools, a March Madness loss can still be a win off the court

Making it into the NCAA Tournament can translate to boosts in student enrollment, athletic involvement, merchandise sales and more for participating schools.

March Madness is here! Here are the Gulf South teams to watch in the men’s, women’s tournaments

Get info on the seven men’s teams and five women’s teams playing in the NCAA Division I basketball tournament, plus see what time they play.

As Alabama tries to legalize sports betting, advocates point to neighboring states’ success

Increased tax revenues in states like Louisiana are one reason many pro-sports betting Alabamians say it’s time to catch up to neighbors in the Gulf South.

The HBCU Legacy Bowl is more than a game. It also prepares students for life after sports

Organizers for the all-star game, now in its third year, host a career fair where HBCU students and recent grads plan for their futures before the big game.

Ahead of Kenneth Smith’s execution, people impacted by Alabama’s death penalty speak out

Death penalty opponents gathered in Birmingham Wednesday to condemn Smith’s execution and hear personal stories about the impact of death row.

Nick Saban’s retirement is a blow to Alabama football’s fans — and a boon to its haters

Sports fans in Birmingham were more than happy to weigh in on the Alabama football icon’s storied career.

Jackson State’s Sonic Boom of the South is ready to prove it’s ESPN’s ‘Band of the Year’

The Sonic Boom hopes the inaugural competition to crown the best bands in the nation will expose a wider audience to the rich culture of HBCU schools.

A pro jiu-jitsu league is bringing grapplers from across the globe to a small city in Alabama

For acclaimed grappler Brandon Mccaghren, Decatur, Alabama, was the perfect place to grow the Professional Grappling Federation from idea to reality.

At the Magic City Classic, what you wear is just as important as who you cheer for

For many, the annual game between HBCU rivals Alabama A&M and Alabama State is about more than football. It’s a chance to connect and celebrate Black culture.

At Huntingdon College, Alabama’s 1st NCAA women’s wrestling team is ready to roll

Players, coaches and school officials hope Huntingdon's women's wrestling program can serve as a blueprint to continue the sport's growth in the South.

Q&A: Author of ‘Rocket Men’ details how Black quarterbacks helped move the NFL forward

John Eisenberg talks with the Gulf States Newsroom about the Black quarterbacks who helped change the NFL, as well as the players who never got the chance.

Parents, students deal with record-breaking heat at the start of football season

This has been a record-breaking summer across the country and particularly in the Gulf South in August. Several cities between Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama shattered their all-time high temperature records.