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Joel Buchwald was born in Roscrae, Ireland. He was adopted and lived in Paris until 1962. The family then relocated to the United States where he has since lived.
Journalism has been a trademark for Mr. Buchwald, starting in fifth grade with a newspaper route. After college, he worked with Guggenheim Productions in Washington, D.C. a film company that specialized in documentaries and political campaigns.
After leaving Guggenheim Productions, Joel Buchwald joined ABC News in 1978, working in New York on the original production team that established the show 20/20. In 1980, he moved to the Washington, D.C. bureau, where he specialized in hard news and political campaigns. In 1982, he was brought back to New York to run operations for The Early Morning Show and Good Morning America's newscasts. His remaining years at ABC were spent at the Los Angeles and Denver bureaus. He covered international stories such as the "Contras in Nicaragua", "The American Invasion of Panama", and that of the first Gulf War. He produced domestic stories such as "The Valdez Oil Spill", "The San Francisco Earthquake" and "The Yellowstone Forest Fires." With the blessing of ABC News, he ventured on his own and started a production company.
In 1993, Mr. Buchwald's mother was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, shortly after she and his father had separated. He took a sabbatical from his successful news career to move back to Washington, D.C. and became the sole caregiver to his mother. Home hospice provided a great deal of support for him while caring for his mother until she died a year later. The next period of his life was focused on completing a Masters Degree in Communications and being a stay at home dad to two young children in addition to caring for his ailing father who moved in and lived with the family for seven years.
In February 2006, Joel Buchwald's father, Art Buchwald, checked into hospice in Washington, D.C. and prepared for death. Unexpectedly, his father regained partial use of his kidneys, in turn making him ineligible for medical coverage and continued hospice residence. The elder Buchwald found much comfort in hospice and agreed to pay room and board, writing his last book and hosting a salon in the hospice's living room that became "the place" for Washington's elite to visit. His father's kidneys started to fail again and he chose to spend his final months with his son and his family in their home, where he had lived for the last seven years. He died at their home with his family at his bedside.
Joel Buchwald serves on the Board of The Vineyard House and The Brady Campaign to Prevent Violence. He is the Master Of Ceremonies for the annual Martha's Vineyard Community Services dinner, which raises thousands of dollars for those in need of services on Martha's Vineyard. He has spoken and presented awards at numerous events, including The National Hospice Conference, the Washington Home, the National Press Foundation and the Kennedy Center.