Josh Hinkle, named Reporter of the Year by the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters in 2012, is KXAN’s political reporter and the executive producer and host of “In Session/In-Depth,” our Sunday morning program devoted to coverage of the Texas Legislature.
Josh, who joined the KXAN News Team in 2009, earned his bachelors degree in journalism and Spanish from Oklahoma State University, then his masters in journalism and public policy from the University of Missouri.
During legislative sessions, he spends most of his time at the Texas State Capitol. In 2011, he served as executive producer of KXAN’s weekly Session ’11 political program. His political coverage that year was also recognized by TAPB.
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 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, three Emmy nominations and several other honors from the Headliners Foundation of Texas, the Texas State Teachers Association, the Iowa Associated Press, the Iowa Broadcast News Association, the Missouri Broadcasters Association, and the Society of Professional Journalists.
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 appreciates spending time with friends and family. When he is free, he enjoys watching movies, traveling and exploring the Austin area.
Also check out Josh’s ” Living Off The Air” multi-media blog.
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