Joanne Spataro is a host, story curator and writer living in Charlotte, N.C. She broke into writing at 13 as a movie critic for The Charlotte Observer. She learned how to survive horrible films like Pokemon: The Movie, sneak in hot dogs wrapped in aluminum foil, and take legible notes in a dark theater.
A nose for politics and pop culture landed Joanne at the alt-weekly Creative Loafing. She had an exclusive interview with Marvel Comics founder Stan Lee at the 30th Annual Heroes Convention dressed as Wonder Woman. In 2012, she covered the Democratic National Convention, where she interviewed director Rob Reiner, president of Planned Parenthood Cecile Richards, and E! Channel personality Ross Matthews. She had a sit-down interview with 2012 Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein and was disappointed to learn they do not have the exact same initials.
Joanne has contributed arts and entertainment pieces to the Observer, Charlotte Style Magazine, and Charlotte Viewpoint.
Today, Joanne hosts Pillow Talk with Joanne, a kitschy, fresh multimedia web series that features the best and brightest in Charlotte and beyond. She also writes about LGBT issues on Huffington Post. She co-hosted Charlotte Pride with drag queen Roxy C. Moorecox and burlesque dancer Big Mamma D at Charlotte Pride in 2014, which attracted over 100,000 people.