Joe is WHAS11's Political Editor, reporter, anchor and host of the weekly The Powers That Be.

Recognized locally and nationally for his reporting of politics, government and campaigns, Joe first joined WHAS11 in 1998, as a feature reporter for Good Morning Kentuckiana and a contributor while the host of The Joe Arnold Show on WHAS-AM 840.  Since then, Joe anchored the top-ranked Good Morning Kentuckiana with Rachel Platt and Renee Murphy, and later weekend newscasts before assuming the role of political editor in 2009.

Joe's reporting has garnered numerous awards, including the Associated Press "Best in Show" for an investigation of shoddy maintenance and record-keeping at a local bus company, an Emmy Award for his investigation of a Louisville funeral home operator and the only Emmy ever awarded for blogging.

Joe has also reported extensively on critical industries to Kentucky, especially the automotive sector, and matters of religion and faith, including a series of reports on Islam after 9-11 which led to recognition from the American Muslim Association.  One of Joe's favorite people to cover was World War One era Veteran Robley Rex, the focus of several award-winning feature stories.

Joe is the creator, developer and host of WHAS11's The Powers That Be, a weekly half-hour program launched in 2014, dedicated to coverage of politics, campaigns and current events in Kentucky and Indiana.  He is a frequent commentator, panelist, host and master of ceremonies at speaking engagements and on statewide public television.

Joe believes to have coined the phrase "Hindsight is 20/20," while a grade-school student in Illinois in the 1970's.  Several challenges to his claim have - at least so far - have not been able to prove him wrong.

A 2012 graduate of Leadership Louisville, a civic training group for emerging leaders, Joe has also been recognized for his contributions to charitable causes, including the Colon Cancer Prevention Project and the Alzheimer's Association.

For three seasons in the 1990's, Joe was the public-address announcer for the AAA Louisville Redbirds.  He is a cantor at Holy Trinity Catholic Church.  Joe and his wife, Whitney, have two sons, Sam and Henry.  He often writes of his travels and adventures with his family in "Travels with Joe" posts on

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