MEMPHIS, TN- (WMC-TV) - When many Memphians think of the Bluff City they think of Elvis, barbecue, and now the Grizzlies – but many also think of Action News 5's Joe Birch. A young Joe Birch stepped into the Action News 5 newsroom 35 years ago this May to bring viewers all of the latest and breaking news.
One of Action News 5's lead anchors became a permanent part of the Action News Five family just a few years after being an eager newsroom intern.
It has been 35 years since Joe's first day on the job as of Monday.
His familiar face, and hair, coming into hundreds of Mid-South homes every night from the anchor desk and beyond.
Career accomplishments include carrying the Olympic Torch on its way to Atlanta, and sending well wishes from Memphis to the Pope – to list a couple.
Joe has not slowed down in the years since the station celebrated his 30th anniversary.