Joe Hickman is an award-winning journalist and native of the Ozarks who's been at KY3 since 1984.
His off-the-beaten-path sports feature, "Joe's Journal," airs every Thursday during the 6 p.m. news. The Journal has also won many state and national awards including 3 Emmys, 10 Missouri Broadcaster Association awards, 4 Kansas City Press Club honors, 2 Arkansas Broadcaster Association recognitions and the news industry's most prestigious citation --the national Edward R. Murrow award, which is presented by the Radio-Television News Directors Association.
In addition, Joe was recognized by the Springfield Chamber of Commerce in 1986 for producing a series on the dangers of smokeless tobacco, which was shown for several years in all of Springfield District schools as part of a cancer education program
His experience is wide-ranging, whether it's March Madness (the Lady Bears march to the Final Four in 1992 and 2001), NASCAR racing (inaugural Busch/Winston Cup events at Kansas City and St.Louis), Olympic sports (locals Jason Pyrah and Lori Endicott plus the USAWomen's World Cup Champion Soccer team's appearance in Kansas City) or historical occasions (Big Mac's home run record in 1998).
"The best part of my job is trying to give the viewers a feel of what it's like to be at a Monday night Chiefs game at Arrowhead, a Cardinals playoff game in October, or a Rams post-season appearance in the Dome," said Joe. "But, personally, I just enjoy the fact that my job allows me to meet so many interesting people from the area that I would normally never get to meet, such as during the fall when we travel from town to town covering high school football games every Friday. You can't beat that sense of community and wholesome excitement and, even after all these years, it is still something I look forward to every September. As long as I keep getting to go out and meet people and tell their stories to our viewers, I won't mind the other part of my job where I have to wear a suit and stare into a camera lens. That's the part that most people think is so glamorous. But it's the chance to travel and meet new friends that I treasure the most."