Anchor/Assistant News Director
WCBI News at 6
Joey Barnes is a 15-year veteran reporter and anchor who relies on his deep roots in North Mississippi and West Alabama to bring award-winning coverage to WCBI viewers day in and day out.
Joey got his start in the news business as an intern at WCBI in 2002. He rose to senior reporter in five years before leaving for stints as a recruiter for his alma mater, MississippiUniversity for Women, a reporter in Davenport, Iowa, and with central Mississippi’s news leader, WLBT, in Jackson, where he was a reporter and weekend anchor.
He returned to WCBI from Jackson in December 2013 and now helps guide the newsroom as assistant news director and assignment editor and doing special reporting while anchoring the 6 p.m. newscast each week night with veteran co-anchor Aundrea Self.
He grew up in Columbus and Millport, Ala., and most of his family call the MagnoliaState home. It’s that understanding of the region’s people, culture and businesses that have influenced his successful career.
His work helped convince the Legislature to ban use and possession of Salvia in the state. He was on the scene for days after deadly tornadoes raked across North Mississippi and West Alabama on April 27, 2011 and has followed the rebuilding for years since then.
He was there when former President Barack Obama brought his presidential campaign to Columbus in 2008. He witnessed an inmate execution at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchment.
He offered unique insight on the debate over Mississippi’s open- and concealed-carry gun laws, described the pain felt by a family of a slain veteran Jackson Police detective and told all sides of officer-involved shootings across the region.
He’s become a mainstay at the Neshoba County Fair and has even shared the lighter side of the fun of the Mississippi State Fair.
Joey’s work has won numerous awards from the Mississippi Associated Press Broadcasters Association and community groups.
And when not at work, he usually can be found outdoors or watching his favorite sports teams (MississippiState, Chicago Cubs, New Orleans Saints). But most of all, he’s happy to call the Golden Triangle home. He and his wife Sarah, and soon you’ll be able to add chasing after their first child.