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Joe Brown is one of the few News 3 employees who has worked at KBTX in the 80s, 90s and 2000s. While his career has taken him elsewhere, he always seems to wind up back home where his heart is: News 3.
Joe is a native of the Brazos Valley, having grown up in the small towns of Iola, Bedias and Madisonville. Joe has family and friends across the area, including Brenham, Caldwell, Hearne, Navasota and Huntsville.
Joe attended Texas State University where he majored in Broadcast Journalism. In college, he worked for university athletics and KSPL-AM radio covering San Marcos city council meetings and the Texas State Bobcats.
Joe returned to Madisonville in 1987 where he was part of a group that opened the city's first radio station, KMVL. Joe was news director and sports announcer for high school athletics.
In 1989, he joined KBTX for the first time as a reporter and substitute anchor. During this time, he learned from and worked with some very talented journalists who have since gone on to large cities and big accomplishments.
In 1990, Joe left television for the city of Bryan, where he spent the next 10 years as public information officer. Joe served under two mayors, two city managers and numerous council members. He worked with local news media on a variety of stories, hosted a weekly radio segment on WTAW and wrote a bi-monthly newspaper column for The Eagle for several years. Other highlights included coordinating Bryan's back-to-back "All America City" finalist, national media coverage of L. Brewer (Jasper dragging death) murder trial, and the debut of the city's government access channel.
In 2000, Joe joined Fogarty Klein Monroe, a Houston advertising and public relations firm, but before long, he had the chance to return to the Brazos Valley and KBTX, an offer he couldn't refuse. Joe was invited to return home to anchor the 6 and 10 newscasts, a job he's been doing since July 2001. Among his most memorable moments include live coverage of the Hurricane Ike, a helicopter crash at Texas A&M and El Dorado chemical plant explosion. His recent reporting efforts include in depth stories on adults who purchase alcohol for minors and teens who play "The Choking Game."
Joe and his wife, Lisa Cangelosi Brown, live in College Station where they're active members of Brazos Fellowship Church.