Joseph Pleasant is excited to join the News 2 Team. Joseph comes to Nashville from Jackson, Mississippi. He worked for WAPT-TV as a reporter/fill-in anchor.
While in Jackson, Joseph covered many stories that gained national attention. Some of his most memorable stories came in the aftermath of a devastating tornado in Yazoo City, Mississippi. The tornado was one of the largest and most devastating in history. The deadly storm had a path of destruction more than 100 miles long.
Joseph was the first live reporter broadcasting from the damaged area. In addition to hours of continuous live coverage for WAPT, Joseph filed live reports for CNN and ABC7 in Denver.
Joseph was one of the first Jackson reporters live on the Mississippi Gulf Coast after the Deep Water Horizon off-shore oil rig explosion. He filed reports about local emergency management officials’ preparation for oil in Mississippi waters. He also spent days with local fishermen, business owners and residents of the Gulf Coast as they watched the ecological disaster unfold. While on the coast Joseph provided live coverage of Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano’s visit to the region.
Before moving to Jackson, Joseph worked as a reporter/fill-in anchor at KTVE/KARD-TV in West Monroe, Louisiana.
Joseph reported on a wide range of stories while at KTVE/KARD, including the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Monroe had the largest long-term hurricane evacuee shelter in Louisiana. Joseph reported on the challenges evacuees faced as they rebuilt their lives in Northern Louisiana. Joseph was twice honored for his work in Louisiana by the Associated Press. He won an award for “Best General News” for his coverage of a devastating flood in a small Louisiana town. He also won an award for “Best In-Depth Series, for a five-part series detailing the murder of Louisiana Tech Professor Stephanie Pepper Sims. CBS’ “48 Hours Hard Evidence” later featured the case in one of its reports.
Joseph is committed to community involvement. While in Monroe and Jackson he was a frequent master of ceremony at charity events, guest speaker in area schools, and volunteer at community activities. Jackson’s Salvation Army honored Joseph for his work with the organization in 2010.
Prior to joining KTVE/KARD, Joseph worked as a freelance reporter for the Midland-Reporter Telegram in Midland, Texas. He also interned at the 2004 Republican National Convention in production for the Tribune Broadcasting Company.
Joseph is a native of Midland, Texas. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Journalism from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. He then completed his Masters of Broadcast Journalism Degree at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.
While at Northwestern, Joseph worked as a Capitol Hill Correspondent for KMID-TV in Midland Texas, through the Medill News Service. He also reported feature stories for Washington D.C.’s top-rated news radio station WTOP-FM.
Joseph got his start in television working overnight as a tape editor for KBTX-TV in Bryan, Texas.
Texas will always be home, but Joseph is excited to get to know the great people of Middle Tennessee.