I have proudly called WBIR and East Tennessee home since joining the 10News team in September 2008.
I am grateful to live in a place filled with a wide range of interesting people, rich history, and unmatched scenery. It makes it easy to go to work every day, especially for a news operation like WBIR that values substance rather than sensationalism and is committed to educating, informing, and serving people with a "Straight from the Heart" approach.
In my time at 10News, I've worked primarily as a general assignment reporter and videographer. I also started the "Namesake" feature series that researches the local history and origins of East Tennessee town and landmark names. In other words, if you ever have a story idea of any type, do not hesitate to contact me via email, on my Facebook page, or on Twitter @JimMatheny.
I shoot, write, and edit my own stories, so feel free to say hello if you see me lugging my camera around East Tennessee. I have a passion for photography/video and storytelling. You'll be hard-pressed to find a place with more natural beauty, gorgeous landscapes, and great stories than our region.
This is the part of the bio where you have to toot your own horn. In my career, I've been fortunate to win an Emmy Award and earn several Emmy nominations. I've also garnered awards from the Associated Press, the Society of Professional Journalists, and helped WBIR win the National Murrow Award for Overall Excellence. The individual awards and nominations have been for everything from hard news reporting, features, breaking news, historical segments, sports reporting, as well as being named Best TV News Videographer by the Tennessee AP.
Prior to joining WBIR, I spent three years reporting and anchoring in Columbia, Missouri, while I completed my master's degree at the Missouri School of Journalism at the University of Missouri. During graduate school I worked for KOMU-TV (NBC), ABC News in New York City as a Carnegie Fellow with the Brian Ross Investigative Team, and served as a reporter/producer for NPR affiliate KBIA-FM. I also discovered a love of teaching while instructing broadcast journalism classes at Mizzou.
I was born and raised in Zebulon, North Carolina, and completed my undergraduate degree in broadcasting and communications from East Carolina University in 1999. I met my wife, Ellen, at ECU and have been blessed to have her by my side ever since.
In a past life before making a career switch to journalist, I worked for several years with a research and education group in Research Triangle Park, NC, that provided internet, video, and computing services to all of the state's universities. My love of broadcasting started with my first job as a DJ at a small AM radio station when I was only 15-years-old. I wasn't old enough to drive, but I was apparently deemed old enough to fire up a radio station's transmitter in the morning and play records.
Although my primary allegiance remains with my beloved ECU Pirates and Mizzou Tigers, there's plenty of orange in the Matheny home. My wife attended the University of Tennessee for her master's and Ph.D in mathematics education, so I absolutely say "we" when referring to the Vols.
When I'm not at work, I enjoy spending time with my wife and our dog, Duncan. Other personal interests include the great live music scene in East Tennessee, computers, World War II aviation, craft breweries, and almost all sports.