Josh Hinkle, named Reporter of the Year by the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters in both 2012 and 2013, is KXAN’s Executive Producer of In-depth & Investigative Content. In 2013, he also earned an Emmy as Best General Assignment/Spot News Reporter in Texas.
Josh, who joined the KXAN News Team in 2009, also leads the station’s political coverage as a special assignment reporter and as the executive producer and host of “State of Texas: In-depth,” a Sunday morning program devoted to coverage of the Texas Legislature and elections. In 2015, his work on the show was honored with the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Journalism for his coverage of women’s health issues. The show also earned an Emmy in both 2013 and 2014 as the Best Political Program in Texas.
In addition to local and statewide races, he has covered two presidential campaigns. His first was in Iowa during the 2008 election season as candidates swarmed the state ahead of the first-in-the-nation caucuses. During the 2012 season, he traveled back to Iowa as Texas Gov. Rick Perry began stumping for the White House. Throughout his broadcasting career, Josh has worked in Austin; Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Columbia, Missouri; and Oklahoma City.
During that time, he earned an Edward R. Murrow Award for his writing, eight Emmy nominations and several other honors from the Headliners Foundation of Texas, the State Bar of Texas, the Texas State Teachers Association, the Texas Medical Association, the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters, the Iowa Associated Press, the Iowa Broadcast News Association, the Missouri Broadcasters Association, and the Society of Professional Journalists. In 2011, his political coverage was also recognized by TAPB.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism and Spanish from Oklahoma State University, then his masters in journalism and public policy from the University of Missouri.
Josh teaches broadcasting at St. Edward’s University in Austin. He has also guest-lectured at the University of Texas and the University of Missouri, in addition to hosting multi-platform and political coverage workshops for the Texas Association of Broadcasters.
Originally from Oklahoma, Josh loves spending time with friends and family. When he is free, he enjoys watching movies, traveling and exploring the Austin area.