Emmy and National Edward R. Murrow Award-winning reporter Jim Matheny has proudly called WBIR and East Tennessee home since joining the 10News team in September 2008.
Jim's versatility is evident in his work, ranging from hard news reports, investigations, breaking news, historical retrospectives, heart-warming features, and even sports coverage. He is a jack of all trades who shoots, writes, and edits his own stories.
Jim's reporting has been honored with several awards, including a National Edward R. Murrow Award in 2015 for his sports story on an unique race called The Barkley Marathons. Jim has also received an Emmy Award for a historical feature, won a regional Murrow Award for writing, and been named the Best TV News Videographer in Tennessee by the Associated Press. He played an integral part in helping WBIR win the national Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence in 2014. Jim's individual stories have also garnered several awards from the Associated Press and the Society of Professional Journalists.
In addition to his work as a general assignment reporter and videographer, Jim also started the "Namesake" feature series that researches the origins of East Tennessee town and landmark names. He is always searching for story ideas of any type, so please contact him via email, on my Facebook page, or on Twitter @JimMatheny. Of course, feel free to say hello in-person if you see him lugging his camera around East Tennessee.
"I am grateful to live in a place filled with a wide range of interesting people, rich history, and unmatched scenery," said Matheny. "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."
Prior to joining WBIR, Jim spent three years reporting and anchoring in Columbia, Missouri, while he completed a master's degree at the Missouri School of Journalism at the University of Missouri. During graduate school, he 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. Jim also discovered a love of teaching while instructing broadcast journalism classes at Mizzou.
Before making a career switch to journalist, Jim 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. His love of broadcasting started with a job as a disc jockey at a small AM radio station when he was only 15-years-old. Jim wasn't old enough to drive, but was apparently deemed old enough to fire up a radio station's transmitter in the morning and play records.
Born and raised in the small town of Zebulon, North Carolina, he completed an undergraduate degree in broadcasting and communications from East Carolina University in 1999. Jim met his wife, Ellen, while they were students at ECU.
"I love my ECU Pirates and Mizzou Tigers. There's also plenty of orange in the Matheny home. My wife earned her master's degree at the University of Tennessee and is working on her Ph.D in mathematics education at UT, so our house absolutely says 'we' when referring to the Vols," said Jim.
When not at work, Jim enjoys spending time with his wife and their 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.