Joel Anderson is a contestant from Survivor: Micronesia.

A valued member of the original Airai tribe due to his physical strength, Joel constantly sparred with tribemate Mikey Bortone to take control of the tribe. In the end, Joel came out victorious. However, a tribe swap doomed Joel's game, as Cirie Fields quickly identified him as a physical threat, and orchestrated his blindside.


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Joel Anderson is a firefighter for the city of Phoenix, Arizona. He assists in the treatment and transport of patients with medical emergencies and also helps fight fires. He has previously worked for a private ambulance company and has also taught. Anderson received a BA in human communications from Arizona State University.

Anderson's hobbies include training for his job, swimming and motorcycles. He runs and lifts weights regularly. His favorite sport is Olympic-style wrestling. He describes himself as driven, loyal and caring. He thinks his perseverance, self-confidence, heart, power, strength, endurance, work-ethic, intelligence, resourcefulness, EMS skills and positive attitude are all skills he possesses to do well on Survivor.

Anderson has previously lived in Tempe, Arizona and Waukesha, Wisconsin. He is a member of the International Association of Firefighters, Local 493 and the United Phoenix Firefighters Association.

He and his wife, Jasmyn, currently reside in Avondale, Arizona, with their two sons, Kaden and Gavin. The have two Labrador retrievers, Turbo and Thunder. His birth date is June 1, 1975.[1]


Being a fan of the game, Joel started on the orange Airai tribe. Initially Mikey Bortone took control of the tribe, which did not bother Joel. Joel was admired for his superior strength early in the game. When Airai lost the Day 6 Immunity Challenge Joel was planning on voting out Chet Welch or Tracy Hughes-Wolf, until he came up with a better plan: Blindside Mikey's closest ally and take control of the tribe. This plan worked as at Tribal Council he managed to blindside Mikey's closest ally Mary. At Airai's next Tribal Council, Joel came up with a plan to blindside Mikey himself, which worked as Mikey was eliminated by a 6-3 vote.

In "He's a Ball of Goo!", there was a tribe switch which moved him to Malakal, along with Tracy, Chet, and Erik. After losing the Immunity Challenge, he immediately rallied the tribe to vote for Chet, who was easily seen as the weakest competitor, but Cirie saw this as an opportunity to blindside him because Joel was already playing the game, while Chet wasn't playing at all (strategically or physically), which would mean that it would definitely be easier to eliminate Chet later on in the game. This plan worked after they convinced Tracy and Chet, who were on the outs of the old Airai alliance, to vote Joel out as well, which made Joel the 5th person voted out of Survivor: Micronesia.

Voting History

Joel's Voting History
Episode Joel's
Voted Against
1 Airai Tribe Immune
2 Tracy -
3 Airai Tribe Immune
4 Mikey B. -
5 Chet Amanda, Ami, Chet,
Cirie, Ozzy, Tracy
Voted Out, Day 14


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  • Joel auditioned for Survivor at an opening casting call in Arizona.[2]
  • The final vote cast for Joel that eliminated him read "Truck".


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