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Joe Arnold

Anchor/Reporter

An Emmy award winning anchor and reporter, Joe Arnold anchors the 6:30pm and 11pm newscasts on Saturday and Sunday nights on WHAS11, and the 10pm weekend newscasts on WBKI-TV.

His weeknight reporting often focuses on politics and business.

Joe authors the WHAS11 Political Blog, a daily must read for Kentuckiana politicians, supporters and critics.

Joe joined WHAS11 in 1998, first as a reporter on Good Morning Kentuckiana, then as anchor for five years as GMK dominated the morning newscast rankings.

In 2006, Joe shifted more attention to reporting in the evening newscasts.

Highlights include exclusive reports on critical industries to Louisville especially Ford Motor Company, elections and government, inside access to police and fire departments, the effort to treat autism, and many investigations.

Joe's interview with a clergy abuse victim marked the first time a local victim had gone public, and included balanced reports from the church's perspective.

A series of reports on Islam after 9-11 led to recognition from the American Muslim Association.

The Associated Press awarded Joe's story on WWI era Veteran Robley Rex as the best feature story in Kentucky in 2003.

The investigation of a Louisville funeral home operator was awarded an Emmy in 2008.

On his blog, Joe not only shares analysis and insight of news and politics, but also a transparency so viewers understand the reporting process.

The blogs often offer personal reflections on the stories Joe is covering.

Such essays inspired by his late brother, Rick Arnold, were awarded the first ever Emmy award for blogging in 2009.

Family and community are Joe's priorities.

He is active in a number of causes and charities, is often called upon to emcee community events and awards programs and since 2002 has emceed the Alzheimer's Association Memory Walk.

Joe is a former talk show host on 84WHAS and WWKY (now WKRD) radio.

A 1988 graduate of Lindenwood College with a triple major in Mass Communications, History and Political Science, Joe has also been a professional actor and singer, touring regionally and nationally.

A lifelong St. Louis Cardinals fan, Joe served as the Louisville Redbirds' public address announcer for several years. He is a cantor at Holy Trinity Church.

Joe married Whitney Thacker in 2003. Their son Samuel was born in 2004 and Henry in 2006.