Joel Sebastianelli

Weekend Sports Anchor/MMJ

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joel.sebastianelli@wjhg.com

Joel Sebastianelli joined WJHG as the Weekend Sports Anchor/MMJ in September 2016.

Prior to joining NewsChannel 7, Joel was the play-by-play announcer for the Florida Gator softball, soccer, lacrosse, and gymnastics programs on the Gator IMG Sports Network and SEC Network+. He graduated from UF in May 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in Telecommunication.

In addition to keeping up with the local high school and college teams in the region, Joel is a lifelong fan of IndyCar, Formula One, and sports car racing. He has covered various races in the last four years, including the last two Indianapolis 500s. His favorite interviews have been with 2016 Indianapolis 500 winner Alexander Rossi and heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko from his training camp in Austria.

Joel was born and raised in Johnston, Rhode Island, but he’s excited to join the Panama City Beach community and is interested to hear new story ideas.


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