William Joy is a reporter at WFAA in Dallas, TX specializing in general assignment reporting.
1) Who are you? I joined WFAA in January of 2020 after two years working for KMBC, the ABC station in Kansas City, MO. Before Kansas City, I worked for WAVE 3 News in Louisville and at Live 5 News in Charleston, SC. I’ve covered everything from the Kentucky Derby and The Masters to the passing of Muhammad Ali, devastating tornadoes across Kansas and Missouri and the Emanuel AME massacre. I’ve enjoy getting to dive into complicated investigations that create change just as much as I love telling light-hearted features that make someone smile. I’ve been fortunate enough to win both an AP award and five Emmy awards for my work. Through 2020 and 2021, I served as our station’s lead COVID-19 reporter, which was both a challenge but also rewarding work trying to provide digestible and up-to-date information during a time where facts were both complex and ever-changing.
I graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism in Columbia, MO. I’m proud to have been born and raised in Nashville, TN where my parents still live, and my sister who lives in Colorado where she gets to work as a ski coach.
I truly enjoy living and working in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and sharing the stories of the people who make North Texas special.
2) What are your interests? I was raised in a sports-loving household and played just about everything growing up, and I continue to be a huge sports fan who loves football and soccer above all else. I may be the back-to-back WFAA fantasy football league champion, too. I fell in love with soul food growing up in Nashville, so I enjoy cooking only slightly less than finding and experiencing new restaurants and bars. I enjoy the time I get to workout at the end of each day. I love to binge on TV shows when I can find the time and travel when I can find the spare change.
3) What do you like about working at WFAA? I feel privileged that I’ve gotten to live in and experience so many parts of the US and I’ve enjoyed making North Texas my new home. WFAA is filled with incredible journalists and storytellers who are passionate about what they do and the people they serve. I’ve enjoyed getting to work alongside so many talented people, learn from them and deliver the emotional and important stories of the day.
4) What's one thing people would be surprised to learn about you? I recently got my drone pilot license, which takes more studying and work than you may think. I’m also a huge bourbon fan, and, while in Kentucky, I got a chance to visit just about every major bourbon distillery and a few small ones. I do not recommend pairing bourbon and flying drones!