Joseph Romanos

Joseph Romanos has been a journalist and author for more than 35 years, focusing mainly, but not exclusively, on sports-writing. Joseph has written 43 books, many of a historical nature.

He has been a sub-editor, general reporter, sports reporter and feature writer and editor, and is currently a columnist for several New Zealand daily newspapers. In addition, he makes regular appearances on Radio New Zealand’s Nine to Noon and Nights programmes, and Brendan Telfer’s Radio Sport show.

These days Joseph balances a busy publishing life with his roles as editor of The Wellingtonian newspaper and chief reporter of The Dominion Post’s Metro team.

Joseph began his journalism career in 1975, when he attended the Wellington Polytechnic journalism course. He then became a sports writer for The Evening Post in Wellington until 1979. During that time he was the paper’s No 1 cricket writer.

In 1979 Joseph and his wife, Gael Woods, a radio journalist, headed overseas. He worked first for the Courier-Mail and Sunday Mail in Brisbane, and then for the Southern Evening Echo in Southampton, England.

In 1981-82 he was a professional squash player and coach in Germany, then returned to New Zealand and became deputy sports editor of The Dominion. During the next seven years he wrote sports features, plus a weekly column, and covered the tennis and netball rounds for the newspaper.

In 1989 he moved to the New Zealand Listener magazine, as a feature writer and columnist until 1995, and then for the following 11 years as a sports columnist.

He was the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame’s executive director from 1995-98.

In 2008 he became editor of The Wellingtonian newspaper and in 2012 he also became The Dominion Post’s Metro chief reporter.

Joseph’s writing mixes strong opinions with nostalgia, history and humour and has earned him an assortment of journalism honours, including several Qantas and New Zealand Sports Media awards for column and feature writing. In 1995, he was named New Zealand Cricket Writer of the Year. Previously he was New Zealand Athletics Writer of the Year. In 2005 he was awarded the Sir Lance Cross Memorial Cup for his writing on the Olympic and Commonwealth Games.

Joseph’s book writing has covered a wide range of subjects, including biographies, coaching manuals, histories, strong comment, books of quotes, and photographic collections.

He has worked with Chris Lewis, Lois Muir, John Dybvig, Walter Hadlee, Sandra Edge, Kevin Herlihy, Merv Wallace and John Reid in writing their life stories and also wrote Tortured Genius, the unauthorised biography of Martin Crowe.

More recently he has written a series of popular biographical collections, including New Zealand’s Top 100 History-Makers, New Zealand’s Top 100 Sports History Makers and 100 Maori Sports Heroes.

He and Don Neely wrote the histories of the Basin Reserve and of Lancaster Park and he and Dr Graeme Woodward wrote the biography of Arthur Porritt. Two of his most notable books have been Our Olympic Century, the story of New Zealand’s first 100 years at the Olympic Games, and The Judas Game, a critical look at the state of New Zealand rugby.

Joseph and Gael have four adult children, Dominic, Amelia, Alexander and Eliza.