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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.

Electronic overhead tolling. (WBZ-TV)

I-Team: Overhead Tolls Coming To Mass. Pike In West Newton

Drivers will soon be paying a new toll on the Mass Pike. The I-Team has learned the free ride is over for a section of the highway.

06/17/2014

Trucks filled with sand being escorted to Winthrop Beach. (WBZ-TV)

Trucks Getting Police Escorts To Winthrop Beach

It is all part of $21.5 million project to rebuild a mile and half of beach which has been decimated by decades of winter storms.

06/16/2014

Elevator inside Dedham apartment building. (WBZ-TV)

I-Team: Mass. Officials Worried About ‘Catastrophic Failure’ Of Dedham Complex Elevator

State inspectors say they are concerned about a “catastrophic failure” of an elevator at a Dedham complex.

06/10/2014

VA Hospital (WBZ-TV)

I-Team: Wait Times At Mass. VA Hospitals Among Highest In Nation

New statistics obtained by the I-Team from an internal VA audit show Massachusetts veterans are indeed waiting for first-time appointments.

06/09/2014

Surveillance video of a 2011 accident involving an MBTA bus.

I-Team: Victim Responds To Amended 2011 MBTA Bus Accident Report

A WBZ-TV I-Team investigation is raising new questions about how MBTA Police handle incidents involving their MBTA drivers.

06/05/2014

Neighbors continue to complain about a stretch of South Huntington Ave. (WBZ-TV)

Dangerous Stretch Of South Huntington Ave. Continues To Cause Concerns

A dangerous stretch of road exposed by the I-Team months ago is still a problem according to neighbors.

06/04/2014

Essie Billingslea. (Photo from state Sex Offender Registry)

I-Team: Documents Show Experts Opposed Release Of Sex Offender

The man accused in the rape of an Arlington woman was serving a lifetime time civil commitment as a sexually dangerous person when a jury voted to free him.

06/03/2014

The Inspector General has found some state vehicles have phony plates. (WBZ-TV)

I-Team: Inspector General Finds Phony Plates On Some State Vehicles

The I-Team has learned the state’s Inspector General is raising serious questions about how the agency in charge of transportation oversees its own vehicles.

06/02/2014

Boston Police (WBZ-TV)

I-Team: Boston Tops List Of Police Misconduct Settlements

Every big city police department walks a fine line when it comes to the use of force, but an I-Team investigation found Boston police may be crossing that line too often.

05/29/2014

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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