Joe Bartels joined ABC15 in June 2015 as a general assignment reporter and multimedia journalist.
His extensive background covering a variety of issues from fires and floods to crime and politics has garnered national attention.
Joe joined the Las Vegas CBS station in October 2011 as a general assignment reporter, where he stayed for more than three years.
During his time in Sin City, he was nominated for four Emmy® awards, and won one of them.
Before that, Joe reported in the windswept area of southeast New Mexico where he served as the Roswell Bureau Chief for KOB Eyewitness News 4 for more than two years. No, he didn't see any aliens. "I wouldn't admit to seeing anything even if I did, for fear I might be abducted," Joe says.
While in New Mexico, he covered many stories from devastating wildfires and the sentencing of an ax murderer, to a woman who kept her husband's body in a freezer for more than seven years to continue to collect his pension and Social Security income.
Joe was born in the suburbs outside of Chicago but relocated with his family to Arizona in the late 1990s.
He attended Pinnacle High School in north Phoenix and graduated from Arizona State University. While at ASU, he trained at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, receiving his degree in broadcast journalism.
Joe reported for the school's award-winning Cronkite NewsWatch; a 30-minute newscast reported and produced completely by students.
Joe's friends and family live in Phoenix and he’s excited to return to the Valley. Joe enjoys watching movies, traveling and spending time with friends and family.