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.
Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced Thursday morning he is working with lawmakers this legislative session to develop some of the strictest anti-abortion legislation in the county. Thursday evening, Planned Parenthood of Tennessee and North Mississippi made their first public statements, speaking
Thursday a spokesperson said the City of Memphis is cautiously optimistic sanitation workers will not walk off the job Saturday, after word circulated of a strike within the past week, that the sanitation workers’ union did not authorize.
Shelby County Commissioners are deadlocked on how to proceed with providing county funding to MATA. The issue of improving public transit has been a hot topic for months, and those tensions boiled over Wednesday.
Shelby County Commissioners narrowly advanced a proposal to hike the county’s wheel tax by $20 to pay for millions in improvements for MATA service. But the vote didn’t come easily and the proposal’s future appears shaky.
City court clerk Myron Lowery said he is withdrawing his daughter-in-law from consideration of a position in his office that pays $105,000 after WMC Action News 5 questioned whether it was allowed under city policy.
Three months after Memphis voters approved hiking sales taxes to restore benefits cut to police and fire in 2014, city officials are saying publicly they’re concerned there won’t be enough sales tax money generated to cover the costs over time.
After three hours of debate Tuesday night, Memphis City Council members voted down an electric rate increase, which the utility wanted to make infrastructure investments. MLGW said they’re not done asking for the electric rate increase.