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.
Should public safety employees in Memphis, like police and firefighters, be required to live within Shelby County? It’s a question some city council members and Mayor Jim Strickland believe Memphis voters should take up again.
Monday, the daughter of Sedley Alley and lawyers from the Innocence Project will present their case to a Shelby County judge, asking for DNA testing on decades-old evidence they feel could exonerate Alley of murder.
A third-party assessment of the University of Memphis women’s basketball program details division among the staff and players, and a rift between the program as a whole and its overseeing athletic department.
Memphis voters approved a sales tax increase in Thursday’s municipal election, restoring police and fire benefits that were cut five years ago. But there are lots of questions about how the program will be implemented and whether Shelby County could make a play for some of the cash.
Curtis Ray Watson did not make a Wednesday trip from Nashville to Ripley for a status hearing in his case as defense attorneys and prosecutors are waiting on his completed mental evaluation before they can move ahead.
For the past few months, Lauran Stimac and Richard Glassman screened episode scripts and worked on set alongside Caitlin McGee and Jimmy Smits for all the legal scenes to make the show as life-like as possible.
The 11 arrested, all 18 years old, were booked into the Fayette County Detention Center Sunday on preliminary charges of vandalism, escaping the custody of an officer and inciting a riot. By Monday morning all 11 had been arraigned, appearing before a Fayette County judge.
WMC has confirmed through multiple sources that the Joshua Fox running for position 3 alderman in Arlington is the same Shelby County deputy who was shot multiple times while serving a warrant at a mobile home park near I-55 and I-240.