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Joe Shortsleeve

WBZ-TV's Joe Shortsleeve Joe Shortsleeve is chief correspondent for WBZ-TV News weekdays at 5:00PM, 6:00PM and 11:00PM on WBZ-TV.  A native of New England, Shortsleeve is an award-winning journalist who joined the station in September 1990 as a general assignment reporter and back-up anchor.  A classic “working anchor,” Shortsleeve was thrown into the national spotlight during the coverage of the tragic small plane crash that killed JFK Jr. in 1999 when he reported live for CBS News from Martha’s Vineyard within hours of reports that the plane was missing.  He continued as the reporter on the scene for CBS, WBZ-TV News and CNN throughout the week’s events.

Prior to joining the WBZ-TV News evening news team, Shortsleeve was co-anchor of News 4 This Morning, the station’s live morning program from September 1994 to August 1998.  Before that he worked at WLVI-TV in Boston as weekend anchor of “The News at Ten,” and as a reporter since 1984.  He also worked as executive producer and anchor for Cablevision News 12 in Westport, Connecticut from 1983 to 1984.

Shortsleeve began his broadcasting career as weekend anchor, reporter, and producer at WHBF-TV in Rock Island, Illinois from 1979 to 1980.  From 1980 to 1981 he was the primary anchor at WITN-TV in Greenville, North Carolina, before returning to New England.

Shortsleeve was named Best TV Reporter by Boston Magazine in 1994.  He received the prestigious Ohio State Award in 1988 and the Gannett Corporation’s General Assignment Reporter of the Year Award in 1987.  In 1986 he received a United Press International Award and a New England Emmy Award.

Raised in Boston, Massachusetts, Shortsleeve graduated from Boston College High School and went on to earn a bachelor of arts from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester in 1979.  Shortsleeve lives with his wife and three children in the Greater Boston area.

You can email Joe at jmshortsleeve@wbztv.com.

The Tobin Bridge toll cameras. (WBZ-TV)

Tobin Bridge Tolls Now All Electronic

The bridge’s cashless, all-electronic tolling system was activated just after midnight Monday.

07/21/2014

House Speaker Robert DeLeo. (WBZ-TV)

Speaker DeLeo: Quid Pro Quo Claim ‘Inaccurate & Inflammatory’

Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo is strongly denying claims made by prosecutors at the federal trial of the state’s former probation commissioner that DeLeo traded jobs for votes.

07/09/2014

Somerville Police SUV at crosswalk sting. (WBZ-TV)

Somerville Police Crosswalk Crackdown Nets $40,000

Police were out ticketing drivers who didn’t stop for people in the crosswalks.

07/08/2014

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I-Team: Mass. Law Doesn’t Protect People Falsely Accused Of Crimes

If you are falsely accused of a crime, you better hope it is not in Massachusetts. The I-Team discovered our state is far behind most other states in laws to protect the innocent.

07/08/2014

A new law requires better repairs of gas leaks in Mass. (WBZ-TV).

New Mass. Law Requires Prompt Action On Gas Leaks

The law for the first time creates a uniform, three-tiered classification system for gas leaks.

07/07/2014

Smartphone camera (WBZ-TV)

I-Team: Feds In Boston Crack Down On International ‘Sextortion’ Cases

It starts when a young person puts their first compromising picture on the Internet.

07/04/2014

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Rainy July 4 Weather Prediction Has Boston Business Owners Concerned

Boston business owners are worried about losing business due to the impending tropical storm for July 4.

07/02/2014

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Kayaker Threatened With $150 Fine For Bringing Own Boat To Stoneham Pond

A WBZ-TV viewer was stunned recently when he visited Spot Pond in Stoneham with his new kayak and was threatened with a $150 fine.

07/01/2014

Vietnam veteran Doug Chase was given a doctor's appointment at a Veterans Affairs hospital two years after he died.

I-Team: Acton Vet Finally Gets VA Doctor’s Appointment – 2 Years After He Died

Veteran Douglas Chase had a brain tumor and died in August 2012. Two weeks ago, a letter was sent to him from the VA asking him to call promptly about his appointment.

06/30/2014

Some Western Mass. are concerned about a pipeline that could run through their communities. (WBZ-TV Photo)

Western Mass. Residents On Edge Over Natural Gas Pipeline Proposal

Plans to build a natural gas pipeline through central and western Massachusetts are running into opposition from residents in the communities affected.

06/24/2014

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