Joe Douglass is an Emmy-nominated broadcast journalist who started off as a script writer, became a news producer/writer and eventually a reporter/anchor.
Born in the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles, Joe’s family moved him north to Oregon when he was 3 months old. After growing up in Aloha and Beaverton, Joe moved back to L.A. for college, ultimately earning a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California. Joe then spent several years working as a teacher, theater producer, writer and actor. His creative work culminated with the sale of a screenplay in 2002.
A year later, after realizing the script he and his writing partner sold would likely never get made, Joe started looking for a new career. A close friend helped him land an interview at KTTV Fox 11 News and he began work as a production assistant. A lifelong news junkie, Joe immediately felt at home in the newsroom and wound up writing and producing newscasts within about a year. He worked for more than six years at KTTV, then for two years at KABC Eyewitness News.
Joe enjoyed writing and producing, but longed to incorporate his skills as a performer and to be able to focus more intensely on individual stories. With the help of photographers and editors he worked with, Joe put together a demo reel and eventually landed a reporting position at WEAR-TV in Pensacola, Florida, where he worked for two years before joining KATU.
When Joe’s not working, he enjoys listening to and playing music, watching movies, reading, road trips and making new friends.