Joseph Rose (born May 6, 1969, in Wenatchee, Washington, United States) is an American journalist and radio personality based in Portland, Oregon.
Rose has been on the staff of The Oregonian since 1999 as a writer, columnist and multimedia producer. He has written about crime, prisons, government, popular culture, music, film, Oregon's methamphetamine epidemic and transportation. He is also a former freelance writer for Wired.com.
In 2004, he wrote the newspaper's "Faces of Meth" story, which was turned into billboards and posters as well as replicated by other American media outlets, including PBS's Frontline. He has also written about the childhood and family of Portland-native Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons.
In 2008, Rose became The Oregonian's chief transportation writer, with a daily blog and weekly Metro column called "Hard Drive". In 2012, KXL-FM Radio in Portland began to feature Rose as an on-air contributor for segments on the culture and science of commuting.
Rose is a graduate of Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington.
Rose is also a leader of the "alternative liturgy" worship movement in the U.S. Episcopal Church. The movement creates worship services based on the music of popular contemporary musicians such as U2, Radiohead, Woody Guthrie and Bruce Springsteen. A March 2012 story in Willamette Week called Rose "the King of Hymns". In the article, Rose describes the spirit of the events: "We get a lot of folks who come but really aren’t connected to a church. They’re part of the very secular Oregon. But they feel a spiritual connection to popular music."
Rose's journalism awards include one for breaking news in the 2011 C.B. Blethen Awards and one of the 2013 National Headliner Awards in the category of special or feature column.