Joe Hengemuehler was born and raised in Sioux City, Iowa. News legend Tom Brokaw is a mentor and family friend, so it’s no wonder Joe has become a 28-year veteran of the broadcast industry.
Joe’s life has required having to explain there are four “e’s” in his last name. He’s the kind of guy who never misses giving an energetic “good morning” via text!
A broadcast journalism major from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, like many, Joe’s career began as a producer before moving into news management. His TV news career has touched millions of viewers and colleagues around the country including KOCO-TV in Oklahoma City, WUSA9-TV in Washington, DC and three Phoenix stations: KPNX-TV, KTSP (now KSAZ) and KNXV-TV, where served as news director for six years.
During his leadership at KNXV, the station received the Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter Emmy for Overall News Excellence and two George Foster Peabody Awards.
Most recently, Joe served as Vice President and General Manager of KOLD-TV, in Tucson, where he also previously served as News Director.
Joe is past president of the Arizona Chapter of the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association and has held membership positions with the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors.
Joe was inducted into the Silver Circle Society in 2018.