Joe Krebs

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Joe Krebs (March 22, 1943) is a retired American television news reporter and reported for stations in North Carolina, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., the most recent being NBC4/WRC-TV. He has been awarded numerous Emmy Awards for his work in broadcasting. He retired from television on March 30, 2012.


Educated by Jesuits, Krebs went to St. Louis University High School, Saint Louis University, and Saint Louis University Law School.


Military service[edit]

After graduating from law school Krebs served in the Navy as an Assistant Public Affairs officer aboard the aircraft carrier, U.S.S. John F. Kennedy.[1]"Big John", as the ship was nicknamed, was commissioned September 7, 1968 and decommissioned August 2007.[2]

Before entering the world of news Krebs held the position of Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for St. Luis County.[3] His legal knowledge would later benefit him as a news anchor.

Broadcast journalism[edit]

Some of Krebs early interest in broadcasting was sparked when he was in the 6th and 7th grade. He and some others would hang around a small African-American radio station near his grade school. The disk jockeys at the station would let them sit the studio and watch them at work. Krebs also used to love listening to the news on the radio in the car on the way to school. He was "entranced by the romance of the industry".[4]

Krebs started off his broadcasting career at WFMY-TV in Greensboro, North Carolina, October 1970 and remained there until August 1973. The first year he was a general assignment reporter in Greensboro with special attention to Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and he produced and anchored Sunday newscasts. Krebs spent his second two years serving as the stations national correspondent and covered the state house,the governor’s office, and politics in Raleigh, North Carolina.[1] Krebs moved to WBAL-TV, Baltimore August 1973 and worked there until March 1980.

News 4 NBC[edit]

From 1980 until his retirement on March 30, 2012, Krebs was the morning anchor for WRC, News 4 NBC, located in Washington D.C. In addition to the morning news Krebs also did special cold case reports, “Today”.[1] Krebs had been co-hosting the morning news with anchor Barbara Harrison since 1994. However, in 2010 Eun Yang took over when Harrison moved out of the position.[5]


Krebs received his first Emmy Award for a series of stories he did entitled “Winter on the Chesapeake Bay.” These stories showed the lives of people who work on the Chesapeake Bay, particularly those of oyster farmers, an U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker crew clearing the ship channel during one particularly cold winter, and an older man who had been building wooden boats by hand for many years. Another Emmy was for a horrific gasoline tanker crash on I-270 and the Capital Beltway.

Joe Krebs has received numerous awards including the Maryland Bar Association Gavel Award. This award recognizes reporters who bring attention and understanding of legal issues to the community.[6] His other awards include the Chesapeake Associated Press Award, Metropolitan Area Mass Media Award, three Washington Dateline awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, numerous Emmys, and the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTNDA) Regional Award for Feature reporting.[1]

Krebs has served as the president of the Washington-Baltimore local of American Federation of Television and Radio Artists since 1997.[1] In 2000 Krebs was inducted into the Silver Circle of Washington Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.[1] He is also on the National Board of the union and is Chair of the National Broadcast Steering Committee.[1]

Cold Cases[edit]

Due to Joe’s legal experience he was able to have much success with his cold case reports. Joe’s goal of these reports was that investigators might get new leads to unsolved murders. Krebs theory about his cold case reports is that, “all it takes is for one person to do the right thing.” He believes that “someone, somewhere, knows something. His hope and experience is that his reports encourage people with knowledge about a case to tell an investigator.[7]

Joe has been able to see valid proof of the success of his Cold Case reports. After one of his reports in 2005, a man was arrested by Fairfax County Police Department and later convicted of the murder.[1]


Krebs is a native of Missouri and grew up in St. Louis, Missouri. His father was a physician - OB/GYN - and his mother was a dietician. Krebs is the eldest of 9 children. He has two daughters and one grandchild (born February 2010). He and his wife, Mary Lynne, live in Maryland.[1]

Krebs enjoys many athletic activities such as hiking, cycling, and swimming. In 1988 1980, Krebs completed the annual 4.4 mile Chesapeake Bay Swim, one of America’s premier open water swim challenges.[1][dates verification needed] The race begins at the shores of Sandy State Park and ends at a beach on Kent Island.[8] Krebs also participates in long distance bicycle rides in order to raise money for AIDS Service Programs in Washington D.C.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Joe Krebs, News4 Contributor". NBC4 Washington. 
  2. ^ "John F. Kennedy (CV 67)". Naval Vessel Register. NAVSEA Shipbuilding Support Office. 
  3. ^ "Joe Krebs". Television News Center. Archived from the original on 2012-04-25. 
  4. ^ Krebs, Joe. Personal Interview.[full citation needed]
  5. ^ Fahri, Paul (2010-01-01). "New4's Barbara Harrison will no longer co-anchor early morning news". The Washington Post. 
  6. ^ "Gavel Awards To Honor Top Legal Reporting" (Press release). Maryland State Bar Association. 2002-03-01. 
  7. ^ Krebs, Joe. "About The Journal". The Cold Case Journal. 
  8. ^ "History of the Great Chesapeake Bay Swim".