The CMHS Alumni Spotlight showcases and recognizes outstanding Cardinal Mooney Alumni for their academic and professional achievements, service to their community, and their continuation of Cardinal Mooney’s tradition of “Sanctity, Scholarship, and Discipline”. With the Alumni Spotlight, we will explore and regularly share the diverse accomplishments of our graduates.
Joe St. George, Class of 2007
After graduating from Mooney in 2007, Joe attended The Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. He graduated with honors with a degree in politics in 2011.
It was the late Fr. Dan Venglarik of St. Charles parish who suggested that Joe investigate The Catholic University and when he did, Joe quickly fell in love with our nation’s capital. “Potomac fever” is what some call it. That “fever” resulted in internships in Congress, the White House and British Parliament. His journalism internships at CNBC and NBC News solidified his desire to become a journalist.
Professional Experience & Honors
Anyone who went to high school with Joe St. George knows about his love of politics. Therefore, it should be no surprise that Joe is a political reporter and TV news anchor. He has worked at TV stations in Iowa, Virginia and is currently working for Fox 31 in Denver, CO.
Joe also has a love of journalism; with every new day is the opportunity for a new story. Some highlights of his career include reporting from the North Lawn of the White House, listening to oral arguments in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, interviewing President Donald Trump literally off the side of the road during his campaign, and going “live” in the midst of a blizzard, from North Dakota during the Standing Rock pipeline controversy. Joe feels very fortunate to have covered “the beat” in three swing states so far in his career. He has even filed stories from the DMZ on the Korean Peninsula.
Joe’s exceptional work has been recognized with an Emmy Award, which was for his investigation into the oil and gas industry in 2017.
Joe says that with all of these amazing events, his favorite assignment was the opportunity to cover Pope Francis’ visit to the U.S. a few years ago, it was a truly special experience!
Joe cherished his high school career, making lifelong friendships. He thinks back fondly on his senior year & the fall football rallies. Joe was Student Council President and planning those rallies each week was a blast! The fact that CMHS won a State Football Championship in 2006 made it even sweeter.
Speech team was probably the single most important thing Joe did in high school. He had wonderful coaches who helped him win a couple State Championships and qualify for the finals at Nationals a few times. As a TV news anchor, there are situations when Joe has to “go live” on air during breaking news without a teleprompter to guide him. Competing in International Extemp for four years while at CMHS certainly prepared him for this challenging and exciting aspect of his job today.
And Joe can’t forget about Mooney’s theatre program. What a thrill it was for him to be the Lion in the Wizard of Oz and Harold Hill in “The Music Man.” Being comfortable speaking in front of people is something Joe also attributes to those late nights in Mooney’s auditorium. Although Joe is not so sure that his dancing skills will get him into the CMHS Theatre Hall of Fame!
Personal Life – Accomplishments & Interests
After bouncing all over the country during his twenties, building his career, Joe is really happy to be living in Colorado. Journalism – like all professions – is constantly changing and to succeed you always have to be prepared to “chase the story” wherever it may be. He is, however, content for now, “chasing the story” with a beautiful view of the Rockies.
When Joe is not planning another international trip, he is likely spending time trying to bring down his golf handicap. Joe would like to bring Mr. Banks out of retirement for a quick putting lesson!
Joe comes from a family of CMHS grads; his mom, Ann Gartland St. George, graduated from Mooney in 1973 and his sister Allison is a 2009 graduate.
If you would like to see some of Joe’s TV footage/interviews, click here for short video clips. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWt_mIHmnts