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Joe Recupero

Associate Professor
DepartmentRTA School of Media
EducationBAA, MA, Ryerson, PhD Candidate, OISE, University of Toronto
OfficeRCC 116
Phoneext 557246

Joe Recupero is an Associate Professor in the Sport Media program and teaches multi-camera studio production and fourth year Practicum as well as documentary production.

Joe graduated from Ryerson's RTA undergraduate program and then returned to attain his Master of Arts degree in Media Production in 2010.  He has worked on a total of 16 Olympic and Paralympic Games (most recently producing Figure Skating for the PyeongChang Winter Olympics and Gymnastics for the 2016 Rio Games) as well as numerous Commonwealth and Pan American Games. Joe has produced World Championships and World Cups in almost every sport across Canada and around the world during his tenure at CBC TV Network Sports. In addition to producing live sporting events, Joe also produced, directed and wrote a number of long-form sports documentaries including "The Circus is in Town: 50 Years of Hockey Night in Canada", which was nominated for a Banff Rockie Award.  He also produced and directed "The Life and Times of Sandra Schmirler" which won a Special Jury Prize at the Yorkton Film and Television Festival. He produced an independent documentary on Canada's Wheelchair Rugby team and their selection process for the 2008 Beijing Paralympics. In 2016 Joe collaborated with psychiatrists and researchers at St. Michael's Hospital to produce an hour long documentary, "A Dark Room", which focused on concussions in hockey and the mental health effects that can result. "A Dark Room" was acquired by the National Film Board of Canada as part of their Education division and their Virtual Classroom initiative as well as the CBC Documentary Channel. Joe's creative work continues to focus around equity, diversity and inclusion in sports and media with an emphasis on  the 2SLGBT+ community. In 2018 he produced a creative film on those very issues with the students in Sport Media called "The Sport Project". 

Joe's external service commitments include Media Director on the Volunteer Board of Directors for the annual Pride and Remembrance Run.

Joe was the Co-Chair of the Tenth International Sport and Society conference which was hosted by the RTA School of Media in June 2019. The conference themes included: Sport Media Vectors- Digitization, Expanding Audiences and the Globalization of Live Sport and he co-edited a book from the papers and presentations at this conference. 

Joe was the recipient of the 2018 FCAD Dean's Teaching Award.

Joe is currently  a PhD candidate  at the University of Toronto in OISE's Adult Education and Community Development department with a focus around Workplace Learning and Social Change.  

Joe has been the Program Director for Sport Media for the past five years but will be on sabbatical for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year and one of the projects he will be working on is his PhD dissertation which investigates gender inequity in behind the scenes roles in sport media.