What is The Wheelchair QB?
The Wheelchair QB is a platform created and maintained by Joey Pagano, originating in 2015. This Substack newsletter is an extension of the Pagano’s website, which was a blog and has now evolved into a portfolio.
Who is Joey Pagano?
Joey Pagano is a journalist, writer, and disability advocate from Central New York. A graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, he is currently pursuing his masters degree in Cultural Foundations of Education and Disability Studies at Syracuse's School of Education. He seeks to turn his experiences with cerebral palsy into social change.
In his time as an undergrad at Syracuse, he wrote for The Daily Orange, covering everything from esports to race and gender to the arts. He also maintained a disability-centered column for The NewsHouse in his last semester, Spring 2021.
Since graduating, he has worked as a guest columnist for Syracuse.com, covering disability issues. (I will stop writing in third-person right now)
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As I expand my coverage to beyond disability issues and to other social, economic, political, and cultural issues, I will maintain the same critical analysis-based approach. Subscribers can expect a scorched-earth approach, where I interrogate current events to ask why we are where we are and how we arrived here, using personal and professional experiences and knowledge.
I am fair, but not impartial. Nobody is. With that said, this is a platform for independent analysis (independent from a political party, that is). One thing that subscribers can expect, however, is a consistent emphasis on accountability. I am not big on blaming, but as a journalist, I strive to dig up the roots of contemporary issues. Through my writing, I not only hold individuals accountable, but I strive to dig deeper and hold systems and structures accountable.