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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.

Maintenance crews check the engine of a JetBlue plane after it struck a bird after taking off from Logan Airport, May 27. (Photo courtesy of Brian Sheehan )

JetBlue Flight Returns To Logan After Hitting Bird On Takeoff

A JetBlue flight heading to Chicago from Logan Airport Tuesday morning was forced to return to Logan when it struck a bird shortly after takeoff.

05/27/2014

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I-Team: State Hiring Contractors With Extensive Safety Violations

It is not uncommon for construction companies to be hit with a safety violation or two. But the I-Team has learned that the state of Massachusetts is hiring contractors that have been cited for repeatedly putting trench workers in unsafe situations.

05/23/2014

MBTA Bus (WBZ-TV)

I-Team: MBTA Police Give Bus Drivers Preferential Treatment

There are questions about the actions of MBTA Police officers when it comes to accident investigations.

05/20/2014

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I-Team: Elevator Inspections Still Lag In Mass.

One in every four elevators is still not getting inspected on schedule.

05/20/2014

A person was rescued from an elevator shaft at Fenway Park. (Photo from Boston EMS Incidents)

I-Team: Fenway Elevator Doors Forced Off Their Hinges Before Fall

A 22-year-old woman fell two stories inside an elevator shaft at Fenway Park, landing on top of an elevator.

05/19/2014

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I-Team: Unsafe Trucks On Mass. Roadways

An I-Team investigation found trucks in Massachusetts are not measuring up when it comes to safety.

05/13/2014

A massive explosion blew the front off the house, May 12, 2014. (WBZ-TV)

Woman Says She Was Threatened By Man Accused Of Killing NH Police Officer

A woman says she was once threatened at gunpoint by Michael Nolan, the man accused of killing a Brentwood police officer.

05/13/2014

Charlie's Sandwich Shoppe in the South End. (WBZ-TV)

Charlie’s Sandwich Shoppe In South End Closing After 87 Years

After 87 years in business, Charlie’s Sandwich Shoppe will close for good in June.

05/13/2014

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I-Team: Boston Parking Ticket Secrets

The I-Team discovered a few secrets about how parking tickets are written that just may help you avoid that dreaded orange envelope.

05/12/2014

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I-Team: Millions Of Dollars In Mass. Welfare Benefits Spent Out Of State

An I-Team investigation uncovers fraudulent use of taxpayer funded benefits intended for the neediest of Massachusetts residents.

05/07/2014

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