Joy Cardin, Class of 1977, is the 2018 Patriot Award winner.
The Patriot Award is given each year to an alumnus/a who, through their achievements, has brought honor to themselves, to their school, and to their community.
Cardin graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. She reported for commercial television stations in Wausau and Green Bay before moving on to Wisconsin Public Radio (WPR). During her radio career, Cardin held positions of talk director, news director, and Ideas Network Director. Her most notable work at WPR, however, was hosting “The Joy Cardin Show” for 14 years. Every weekday from 6 to 9 a.m., she spoke with guests about topics ranging from current social and cultural issues to politics.
Cardin retired from broadcasting last September after 31 years.
Her work did not go unnoticed. She won many awards, including Best Morning Talk Show awarded by the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association in 2012; the Eric
Sevareid Award—Award of Merit for Excellence in Talk and Public Affairs from
the Northwest Broadcast News in 2006; Election Coverage from the Milwaukee
Press Club for the “We the People: Debate ’98”; the NAMI Iris Award for outstanding coverage of mental health issues; and WEAC’s School Bell Award for outstanding coverage of public education.