Kendall Downing joined the WMC Action News 5 team in November 2016. He currently reports during the week, focusing on city and county government.
He is no stranger to the history and legacy of 1960 Union Ave. Kendall grew up in Tipton County and spent his childhood watching WMC Action News 5. He worked as a newsroom intern one summer while he was in college.
Kendall comes to WMC Action News 5 from Indianapolis where he worked for nearly three years as a reporter/fill-in anchor at WXIN/WTTV. While in Indy, he covered major stories from the federal prosecution of former Subway spokesperson and Indiana native Jared Fogle, to the selection of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as Donald Trump's running-mate and their eventual presidential election victory in New York City.
Kendall has also made stops at two Kentucky television stations, WPSD in Paducah and WYMT in Hazard. He won numerous awards for his reporting and photojournalism in both Kentucky and Indiana. He is a proud alumnus of the University of Tennessee - Knoxville where he studied journalism and electronic media.
Kendall Downing is excited to be back at home in Memphis. Feel free to contact him via email, Twitter or Facebook.
Watch Kendall on WMC Action News 5 weekdays at 5 and 6 p.m.
As cases of COVID-19 continue to spike from reopenings across many southern states, health officials are pointing out the public plays a critical role in stopping the virus, and that’s true no matter where you live.
Haushalter said the Shelby County Health Department is working to quickly scale up its COVID-19 response team. Officials received roughly 1,500 applications for the 141 jobs paid for by federal CARES Act funds.
Officials with the City of Memphis are looking into ways they can expand testing for those who do not show signs of illness, a broad-based testing strategy that health officials indicate would prevent the spread of the virus.
Come this fall, college football games may not look like they always have. The University of Memphis announced Wednesday that because of social distancing, it’s likely only season ticket holders will get tickets.
Shelby County Health Department Director Alisa Haushalter briefed commissioners Wednesday on the COVID-19 pandemic. She said members of the COVID-19 task force are trying to determine if recent case spikes signify a surge coming or just represent our new reality of living with the virus among us.