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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.

Jack Fowler (Save Jack)

Lexington Company At Center Of Battle To Save 6-Year-Old

A Massachusetts company is at the center of a storm concerning the health of a six year old boy.

02/03/2014

Shixin Zhang, (L) and Li Zhou (R). (Photos from Natick Police)

I-Team: Natick Police Shut Down Sex Trade Operation

Police arrested two women on Monday, saying they performed sex acts for money, only to learn they were being held against their will.

01/29/2014

Jeremiah Oliver. (Facebook)

Patrick Calls For Widespread Review Of DCF

Gov. Deval Patrick says the failure of the Department of Families and Children to keep track of a 5-year-old Fitchburg boy was inexcusable, but has provided the state with an opportunity to re-examine the agency.

01/27/2014

A fake service dog. (WBZ-TV)

‘Fake’ Service Dogs A Growing Problem

The owners of some untrained dogs are now taking advantage of the system so they too can bring their dogs wherever they like.

01/13/2014

Jeremiah Oliver. (Facebook)

ITeam: DCF’s Handling Of Oliver Case Goes Before House Committee

Rep. David Linsky is leading the state legislature’s probe of the troubled child welfare agency which lost track of him.

01/13/2014

DCF Caseload Complaint (WBZ-TV Photo)

ITeam: Social Worker Says DCF Case Loads At Concerning Levels

For the first time, a veteran state social worker is talking publicly about caseloads of some Department of Children and Family workers, saying in some communities they are so overloaded that children are in danger.

01/10/2014

Renovation work in the Callahan Tunnel. (WBZ-TV)

First Look Inside Callahan Tunnel During Renovation

WBZ-TV went inside the closed Callahan Tunnel to get the first look at the renovation project.

01/08/2014

(Photo by Michael Smith/Newsmakers)

Cryptolocker Ransomware Being Described As ‘The Perfect Crime’

It is being called the perfect crime and it has law enforcement around the globe baffled.

12/18/2013

Milton neighborhood (WBZ-TV photo)

Milton Homeowners Got Free Sewer For 30 Years

The town’s Public Works Department uncovered the three million dollar secret when a realtor trying to sell a house could not find a copy of the sewer bill.

12/16/2013

St. Mary's Junior Senior School in Worcester. (WBZ-TV photo)

Anonymous Donor Ensures Worcester Catholic School Will Remain Open

St. Mary’s in Worcester will stay open after a generous donor helped the school meet its fundraising goal.

12/12/2013

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