Joseph H Lake, Jr.
Joseph H Lake, is an author and leading St. Martin political scientist. He appears
regularly as a political commentator on radio and television in St. Martin (North and South).
Starting out as a columnist and as an associate editor with Windward Islands Opinion in 1970 and 1973 respectively, Lake has worked for over thirty-five years in St. Martin as a journalist, newspaper editor, and publisher. On December 1, 1976, Lake founded the Windward Islands Newsday. In the late 1980s he published Newsday en Español and in the early 1990s the tourism magazine Welkom/Bienvenue. Awards and honors include a plaque for public awareness through journalism from Lt. Governor Max Pandt (1981), a journalism award from the Student Government Association of the University of St. Martin and Teen Times (1997), and the St. Martin Day Culture and Heritage Award from the Collectivité Saint-Martin (2012). Lake is the author of The Republic of St. Martin (2000), Friendly Anger–The Rise of the Labor Movement in St. Martin (2004), and Six 4 Nine–Country Sint Maarten/Collectivité Saint-Martin (2014). The 2017 title Pen on Paper is a collection of commentaries, news articles, and editorials penned by Lake or attributed to him between 1970 and 2001 in the news media for which he was a columnist, the associate editor or publisher and editor: the Windward Islands Opinion, Shaka, Windward Islands Newsday, St. Maarten/St. Martin Newsday, St. Martin Newsday, St. Martin Republic. Joseph H. Lake, Jr. is the president of the Independence for St. Martin Foundation, which championed the Independence option during the two constitutional referenda in St. Martin (South) in 1994 and 2000.