Joe Kenda Net Worth 2020, Bio, Education, Career, and Achievement.
Pennsylvania-born Joe Kenda is a retired real-life police detective. Additionally, Joe is also a TV personality. People recognized as an actor in the television show, Homicide Hunter.
Previously, he used to work as a detective for the Colorado Springs Police Department. He was a Lieutenant by post and solved 387 cases from 1973 to 1996.
He is working for his new show, Investigation Discovery.
Joseph Patrick Kenda was born on August 28, 1946, in Herminie, Pennsylvania.
He spent most of his childhood days in the western Pennsylvania town of Herminie, about 50 km southeast of Pittsburgh.
Most of the family members were coal miners, including his father, uncle, and grandfather.
Kenda has been fascinated with crime since childhood. He completed his schooling from Greensburg Central Catholic High School in 1964.
Later, he attended the University of Pittsburgh, where he graduated with a B.A. in political science. In 1970, he earned hi
s master’s degree in international relations from Ohio State University.
Later, he worked at his father’s trucking business for a brief period.
After his studies, Joe thought of joining the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), or the US Foreign Service, but after he was put through briefings, he felt unimpressed and chose another career path.
He joined his father’s trucking company, but in 1973 he made a life-changing move.
He took his wife and children and left Pennsylvania for Colorado Springs, and they’re joined its Police Department.
He worked for the Colorado Springs P.D for the next 23 years, solving 356 cases out of 387 so achieving a closure rate of 92%, earning the rank of Lieutenant.
Thanks to his success, Joe became one of the most praised and respected homicide detectives, which eventually led to the creation of the TV crime series “Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda”.
However, before that, he worked as a special needs school bus operator for a decade starting in 1998, two years after his retirement from law enforcement.
The popular TV series premiered on the 25th of October 2011, and since then has aired 100 episodes, which significantly increased Kenda’s net worth and popularity.
The show’s premiere set the highest rating on the station and ever since has held the record, which for the Season 5 premiere was 3.8 million viewers.
In the beginning, Joe was given the script for the series, but he told producers that he wouldn’t do the show if it was done by a script.
Instead, he has used his own words, and though needs an occasional look into case files, he has managed to recall even the smallest details of his cases.
Joe Kenda has an estimated net worth of more than $4 million. He has made this huge fortune through his successful career as a retired Colorado Springs Police Department detective lieutenant.