Joey Garcia celebrates 20 years of her “Ask Joey” column


Joey Garcia ’90 (Government/Journalism) is celebrating 20 years of sending out kind words, wisdom, helping mend relationships and giving people in the Sacramento area emotional support with her column, Ask Joey.

Garcia has been writing her advice column for the Sacramento News and Review (SN&R) since 1996, responding to more than 3,600 question in person and by phone.

“It’s a privilege to help others heal and reconnect with their deepest wisdom and inner peace,” Garcia said in an email..

A celebration marking the 20th anniversary of Garcia’s column will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, at SN&R. The event is free and open to the public. Hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be served.

She started her college education at CSU Hayward, now known as CSU East Bay, in the 1980s.  She soon obtained an internship that led to a job as an afternoon news anchor at KKIQ radio. She stayed there for two years, then became a weekend news anchor at KLIV/KARA for one year.

After a short while, Garcia decided it was time to complete her degree and entered Sac State in 1984.  She became vice president of Associated Students Inc. (ASI), traveling statewide as a student lobbyist.

“I discovered an amazing community at Sac State and was blessed to have professors who cared deeply about my success, and who encouraged me in every possible way,” Garcia says.

Garcia then dropped out of Sac State to work for Ogden Martin Systems, starting as a community organizer before her eventual promotion to general manager of public relations at company headquarters in New Jersey. Garcia says the snow and her weren’t meant for each other, so they went separate ways and she came back to Sac State to finish her bachelor’s degree.

With more than 300,000 readers, Garcia continues to give her advice with wit and occasional sass.

“Her advice is wise and deeply spiritual, sometimes veering into edgy and unexpected waters,” SN&R Editor Rachel Leibrock says. “Whether writing about sex and love, friendship and family, or other life matters, her columns are always lively and provocative.”

Ask Joey Readers thought the picture was just eye candy to get people to read the column.

That wasn’t so bad compared with all the hate mail.  Some atheist readers were offended by her inclusion of God in the column and asked her to leave those out but still give advice.

“If you don’t like the column, don’t read it.  If the mention of the word ‘God’ bothers you, skip over it or replace it in your mind with a word you prefer,” Garcia wrote in response to the hate mail, which soon stopped – unlike Ask Joey, which two decades in is as strong as ever.

Garcia will lead a workshop on reducing stress and nurturing joy: “Love Life Like A Boss! Finding joy despite stress, racism and Donald Trump” 6:00- 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 13, at the SN&R, 1124 Del Paso Blvd., Sacramento. $20 includes dinner.

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