Joey Barnes

Joey Barnes
WCBI News at 6

Joey Barnes rejoined WCBI in December 2013. He’s excited to share the stories of the people of north Mississippi and west Alabama. In addition to reporting, Joey anchors the Monday-Friday 6 and 10 P.M. Newscasts.

Joey returns to WCBI from a stint at WLBT in Jackson, MS. In addition to reporting at central Mississippi’s news leader, Joey also anchored the weekend newscasts.

Joey covered a number of stories while in Jackson, including the shooting death of a veteran detective at the Jackson Police Department Headquarters, Mississippi’s new open carry law, and the Mississippi State Fair.

Before traveling to the state capital, Joey was the weekend anchor and later senior reporter at WCBI for more than five years. Joey got his start in television at WCBI as an intern in 2002.

In between, Joey has made stops in Davenport, IA and as a student recruiter at his Alma mater, Mississippi University for Women.

Joey has been recognized for his reporting numerous times by the Mississippi Associated Press Broadcasters Association.

He has reported on the deadly April 27, 2011 tornado outbreak that killed dozens in north Mississippi. Joey also covered then presidential-candidate Barack Obama’s visit to Columbus in 2008. He has also covered an execution at the Mississippi State Penitentiary in Parchman. Joey’s reporting also spurred Mississippi lawmakers to make the use and possession of Salvia illegal in the state.

Joey grew up in Columbus, MS and Millport, AL, but most of his family calls the Magnolia State home. Joey is happy to return home to the Golden Triangle area.

When not at work, you can usually find Joey outdoors or watching his favorite sports teams (Mississippi State, Chicago Cubs, New Orleans Saints).

If you have a story idea or just want to say hello feel free to send Joey an email at or follow him on Twitter and Facebook.