The Renegade Rip

Joe Bergman
Joe Bergman is an award winning photojournalist located in Bakersfield, California. Following a 14-year career in law enforcement, Joe has returned to school and is studying journalism at Bakersfield College. He currently serves as the editor in chief for The Renegade Rip newspaper.

Prior to finding his calling in photography, Joe was a Division 1 NCAA student-athlete. While at Cal State, Northridge, Joe was named to the Big Sky All-Academic Team, and received the "Varsity N Award" for academic excellence. Joe graduated from Cal State, Northridge in 2001 with a bachelor's in sociology. Additionally, he has master's degrees in psychology (2012) and administration of justice and security (2013).

Joe was a deputy probation officer with the Kern County Probation Department, up until his medical retirement in 2015.

Athletics has always been a large part of Joe's life, which has given him a unique perspective on just how athletics can change one's life. Joe has coached all levels of football, specifically at lower socioeconomic high schools and communities; making it a point to show these student-athletes that athletics can be a means out of the neighborhood. In 10-years of coaching, countless players went on to further their education, using athletics to foot the bill, giving them opportunities that would not be possible if it wasn't for athletic scholarships.

Through coaching, Joe adopted, fostered, mentored and later befriended numerous players, many of whom still remain in contact with him. Joe believes the true success of any coach is not measured by the win/loss column, it is measured by the lives changed, the past players who remain in contact, the number of Christmas cards, wedding announcements and birth announcements received that truly measure a coach's success.

Joe has followed the footsteps of his grandfather, in finding a true passion for photography. Joe still uses his grandfather's Rolleiflex cameras from time to time.

Joe's partner in crime is his one-year-old Belgian Malinois Zoey. They have been attached at the hip from the day Zoey rescued Joe from the Malinois rescue. Once fully trained, Zoey will serve as Joe's service dog and photographer assistant.


CNPA Best Action Photo (2016)

CCMA Best Photo Series – Honorable Mention (2016)

joe bergman, Editor in Chief

Sep 20, 2016
BC wrestling gaining early experience (Story)
Sep 07, 2016
Chancellor announces her intent to retire (Story)
Sep 07, 2016
Young team eager to see competition (Story)
Sep 07, 2016
Kit fox investigation still ongoing by DFW (Story)
Aug 18, 2016
Construction winds down as semester set to start (Story)
Jun 23, 2016
Bakersfield College 2016 volleyball schedule released (Story)
Jun 23, 2016
Women’s soccer 2016 schedule released (Story)
Jun 23, 2016
Renegade football 2016 schedule released (Story)
Jun 23, 2016
Following a near 30-year absence, men’s soccer set to return (Story)
Jun 21, 2016
BC Vice President leaves for Glendale (Story)
May 03, 2016
Fish and Wildlife gives kit fox information (Story)
May 03, 2016
Kit-fox probe begins (Story)
May 03, 2016
Kit Fox Investigation Timeline (Story)
May 03, 2016
Years later, 2012 state championship talks loom (Story)
Apr 19, 2016
Kit fox: BC admin responds to kit fox issue (Story)
Apr 05, 2016
Kit fox: Removal methods questioned (Story)
Apr 05, 2016
Donald Trump: Yes or No? (Pro) (Story)
Mar 15, 2016
Bookout makes track comeback (Story)
Mar 15, 2016
The Shafter Police Department (Story)
Feb 26, 2016
Bakersfield College (9) dominates Moorpark College (8) in second round of So. Cal Regional (Story)
Mar 01, 2016
Smoking policy: Is it a good idea or a bad idea? (Con) (Story)
Feb 17, 2016
Slamming Sammy…Through the lens (Story)
Jan 14, 2016
Speed bumps for safety (Story)
Oct 07, 2015
4-H career comes to end (Story)
Sep 11, 2015
The Circus rolls into Bakersfield (Story)
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