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.
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“We all need to get the message out that this is serious. I’ve been practicing for 40 years. This is the biggest epidemic I’ve ever been involved in. This is a once in a lifetime epidemic,” said Alisa Haushalter, Shelby County Health Department director.
Monday the Shelby County Health Department announced it was investigating an outbreak of COVID-19 at a Memphis assisted-living facility. After days of not releasing the name of the facility, the health department did so Wednesday morning.
Over the weekend, Shelby County recorded its first COVID-19-related death. Health officials did not have a weekend media briefing and spoke about that death for the first time Monday, revealing very few details.
As Lee and other state officials approached the podium Friday at Memphis International Airport, new numbers came out showing 1,203 confirmed COVID-19 infections in Tennessee, with 103 hospitalizations and 6 deaths.
The Shelby County Health Department said Thursday there are a variety of ways this pandemic can go locally in our community. And the best way to ensure it stays under control, officials said, is for you to stay at home unless it’s essential for you to leave.
Tuesday county health officials said the third patient who tested positive for COVID-19 arrived in the county feeling ill, sought medical care and the treating physician had a test performed by a private lab.
Controversy continues to swirl around Shelby County's embattled Director of Corrections, Anthony Alexander. A federal lawsuit recently filed against the county by a corrections employee makes claims of sexual harassment against Alexander and more.