Mr. Joe Armstrong
For more than 35 years, Joe Armstrong was the publisher of ten magazines in New York City, including New York, Rolling Stone, New West, Saveur, Worth, and Civilization (the magazine of the Library of Congress). In 2001, he joined ABC News as an advisor to the president and worked with anchor Peter Jennings on World News Tonight, his specials, his books, and on their round-the-clock coverage of 9/11. Mr. Armstrong also worked for several years with Diane Sawyer on her programs before hanging up his spurs and devoting himself to being a full-time volunteer.
Mr. Armstrong was born in Fort Worth, raised in Abilene, and earned a journalism degree at Trinity University and a law degree from The University of Texas at Austin. His volunteer work includes Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders, and the Leadership Council for the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights. For the past seven years he has worked at Jordan River Village in Israel for children with life-threatening illnesses and ten years at The Garden Tomb, a Christian mission in Jerusalem.
In addition to being on the Advisory Council and a founding member of the Director’s Circle at the Briscoe Center, Mr. Armstrong is on the Advisory Council at UT Press and he has been on the Advisory Council at UT’s Harry Ransom Center for over ten years.