Joan Fischer is a seasoned writer and editor whose first job in journalism was working as a stringer for the Associated Press in Germany, where she lived for nearly a decade. She has spent most of her career as a magazine editor and writer with universities and nonprofits, and currently works for the University of California, Davis. She has a particular interest in stories about people and projects that improve and enrich our world.

Joan holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of California at Berkeley and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Her work has earned her numerous state and national awards.


Joan’s stories have been published by:

The Associated Press
The Capital Times
Chicago Sun-Times
Grow (University of Wisconsin–Madison)
Hemispheres (United Airlines)
The Independent (London)
Los Angeles Times
Lufthansa’s Germany
Madison Magazine

My Midwest (Midwest Airlines)
The Milwaukee Journal
Next Avenue
On Wisconsin (University of Wisconsin–Madison)
Silver Kris (Singapore Airlines)
The Wall Street Journal
The Washington Post
Wisconsin People & Ideas/Wisconsin Academy Review
The Wisconsin State Journal
Wisconsin Trails
The Quarterly (University of Wisconsin–Madison)