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 shoots, writes, and edits his own stories for WBIR. His exceptional skill and versatility has been honored with multiple Edward R. Murrow Awards for best writing, video, feature reporting, use of sound, and sports reporting. He received a National Edward R. Murrow Award in 2015 for his sports story about The Barkley Marathons. Jim has also earned five Emmy Awards for writing, breaking news, historical/cultural feature reports, and a light feature series on wildlife in East Tennessee. The Associated Press has named him "Best TV News Videographer" in Tennessee.
Jim covers topics including hard news reports, investigations, historical retrospectives, comedic features, and breaking news. He has also collaborated with WBIR's Heartland Series on an hour-long documentary on the history of Norris Dam.
"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. You quickly learn 'Straight from the Heart' is not some gimmick or meaningless slogan. It is real."
Prior to joining WBIR, Jim spent three years reporting and anchoring in Columbia, Missouri, while he earned a master's degree from 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 technology group in Research Triangle Park, NC, that provided internet, video, and computing services to all of the state's public 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 and doctorate from the University of Tennessee in mathematics education. 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.
Jim is always searching for story ideas of any type, so please contact him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, on his 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.