Joey Horta

Joey Horta

Morning Anchor

Joey is from Central California and grew up on his family’s farm driving tractors and raising cattle. He got his start in news as a reporter for the Merced SunStar in 2005 while also interning at KFSN in Fresno. He graduated from California State University, Stanislaus in 2006 with a BA in communications.

A couple of months later, he got a call from the NBC affiliate in Laredo, TX, a town he had never even heard of and was offered a job over the phone. Two weeks later he was living on the US-Mexico border. While on the border, Joey covered drug cartel violence, law enforcement corruption and human smuggling on a regular basis. He was quickly promoted to morning and noon anchor while continuing to report, taking on daily weather forecasting duties and producing newscasts.

In 2010, Joey moved to CBS affiliate KGBT in McAllen, TX as morning anchor, weather forecaster, and producer. He tracked hurricanes and tropical storms in the Gulf of Mexico, before being promoted to early evening anchor. Joey's investigative reporting on SNAP (food stamp) abuse was featured on Fox News Channels’ The O’Reilly Factor and lead to a Texas lawmaker filing a bill in the state legislature to stop food stamp balances from rolling over from month to month, if not spent. Joey’s reporting earned a Texas Association of Broadcasters award for investigative journalism.

Joey jumped on the chance to return home to Central California in 2014 as weekend anchor/reporter for KSEE. Four months later, he was promoted to morning and noon anchor for the sister station, KGPE. Joey’s coverage of the 2015 ISIS inspired stabbing attack on campus at University of California, Merced included an exclusive interview with Byron Price, stabbed while confronting the suspect and later hailed a hero by the Sheriff. The exclusive interview set KGPE’s coverage apart from any other station, including the national networks. The coverage led to Joey and the station being honored with an Emmy Award. In 2019, his feature reporting on local Volkswagen Beetle collectors keeping the Bug alive, despite production coming to an end, was nominated for an Emmy.

Joey has a passion for volunteering in the community. He has regularly served as emcee for several organizations including Make-A-Wish, SPCA, FFA and others that make a difference in people’s lives.

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