Yolanda Joe is a Chicago native, raised on the south side by her maternal grandparents. Her working class family was influential in pushing her to achieve her goals of being a journalist and a novelist.
Ms. Joe received a four-year academic scholarship to Yale University, from which she graduated in 1984 with a BA in English Literature. During her stint at Yale she studied under well-known scholar Henry Louis Gates and received a fellowship to study British Literature at Oxford in England. She went on to receive an MS in Broadcasting from the Columbia School of Journalism.
Yolanda Joe began her professional journalism career at Chicago's WBBM-AM, an all news radio station, where she was a production assistant, a producer, and part time writer. She transferred from radio to television and worked as a writer and producer for Channel 2, the CBS-owned station. She is currently a freelance journalist, spending more time on her novels.
Her first book, Falling Leaves of Ivy (Longmeadow Press, 1992), was about four college friends who share a secret that could ruin their lives. Set in the fast-paced-have-it-all-80s, it is about interracial relationships, racism in the workplace, betrayal, and murder. The book made the Blackboard best seller list in 1993.
Ms. Joe's second novel, He Say, She Say (Doubleday, 1997), is a vibrant and rollicking novel that shows how black men and women relate to one another through friendship, family, and romance. The novel made the Blackboard and Chicago Tribune best seller lists. Her third novel, Bebe's By Golly Wow (Doubleday, 1998), was a Literary Guild Book of the Month selection as well as a Blackboard best seller. Her fourth novel, This Just In (Doubleday, 2000) is about five friends in the television news business and focuses on racism and sexism in that cut-throat industry.
Details At Ten (Simon & Schuster, September 19, 2000) was the debut novel in Yolanda Joe's mystery series and introduces Georgia Barnett, a sassy and daring television investigative reporter whose passion for news, desire for justice, and love for Chicago are the driving forces behind the series.
Now Georgia Barnett is back on the case in Ardella Garland's second fast-paste, suspense-packed, and thought-provoking mystery, Hit Time (Simon & Schuster, February 13, 2002). Once again, Garland takes readers inside the competitive world of television news and confronts real-life, racially charged issues of injustice, corruption, and violence.
Yolanda Joe writes and resides in her hometown of Chicago.