Joe Astrouski

Joe Astrouski is a reporter for the "Wisconsin Life" project who travels the state, telling the stories of people and their passions. In his spare time, Joe enjoys fishing, hiking and eating his way across the Midwest with his wife, Charity. 

Astrouski is a reporter, field producer and narrator for "Wisconsin Life," a Wisconsin Public Television (WPT) program that profiles people and their passions across the state. He enjoys hitting the road to look for stories in communities big and small. Astrouski also contributes to additional WPT programs, including "Wisconsin Young Artists Compete: The Final Forte."

Before moving to Wisconsin, Astrouski worked for more than two years at WTHI-TV in Terre Haute, Ind., as a general assignment reporter, part-time weatherman and resident accordion player. Prior to that, he studied journalism at Eastern Illinois University where he also worked as a reporter for PBS affiliate WEIU-TV.

A native of Belleville, Ill., Astrouski enjoys fishing, hiking, music and spending time with his fiancée, Charity. He’s also a proud member of the White Castle Hall of Fame, Class of 2007.

Stories from Joe Astrouski

February 11, 2016

For the past twenty years, farmer Larry Haas has been tilling the soil in rural Dane County and harvesting one of the oldest crops around: gourds.

Woman photographing historical site
December 31, 2015

Melinda Roberts discovers Wisconsin's past while facing an uncertain future.

Man seen thru hole carved in wood
December 17, 2015

Woodworkers Phillip Odden and Else Bigton are renowned for their Norwegian-inspired carvings and furniture, but they also take pride in their farm and their team of Fjord horses.

Making Kombacha tea
August 25, 2015

Kombucha is a fermented, lightly effervescent sweetened black or green tea drink.

Trap shooter
October 15, 2015

After retiring from the military, Fritz Thistle became a champion trap shooter. After a serious health scare, he taught himself to shoot all over again. Now, he teaches the next generation of shooters.

Charlotte Fung Miller captures natural beauty through Chinese brush painting.
October 15, 2015

Mukwonago artist Charlotte Fung Miller explores nature through Chinese brush painting.


Sunrise over water
October 8, 2015

In this essay, Pegeen Snoeyenbos explores her lifelong relationship with the Flambeau River.

Snow Carvers
November 26, 2015

When Eau Claire winters are at their bleakest, professional artists Jason Anhorn and Steve Bateman set out to brighten the barren landscape. For eight weeks in January and February, the two artists carve blocks of compacted snow into larger-than-life sculptures in the city’s Boyd Park. 

Hawkins Prairie
November 5, 2015

Although he has been retired from his job as a high school agriculture instructor for over 17 years, Don Hawkins continues his work by creating protected "oak savannas." These areas are maintained by volunteers, students and Don himself, who remove invasive species and replace them with local grasses and prairie plants.

Stories in Stone
October 29, 2015

Prompted by a passion for history and genealogy, retired teacher Frank Germanson has photographed thousands of grave stones around Milwaukee and uploaded the photos to online databases.