Joe McLean joined ABC 17 News in January 2012, working in a variety of positions including studio assistant, production assistant, photographer, multimedia journalist, assignment editor and Jefferson City bureau chief. Today, Joe reports stories all across mid-Missouri and co-anchors ABC 17 News at 9 a.m. with Zara Barker.
Over the last few years, Joe has been involved in covering some of Missouri's most impactful stories including the protests and riots in Ferguson, the unrest and turmoil at the University of Missouri, the resignation of Gov. Eric Greitens, Missouri Task Force One’s efforts in the Houston area during Hurricane Harvey and the May 2019 tornado and the floods that followed. Joe is also a key member of the ABC 17 News Investigates team.
Joe has been recognized multiple times by the Kansas City Press Club for both general reporting and outstanding special coverage. He also garnered the top prize in breaking news coverage from the Missouri Broadcasters Association and contributed to the ABC 17 News team as it achieved multiple Edward R. Murrow awards in recent years.
An Independence native, Joe is a May 2015 graduate of the University of Missouri, where he received a bachelor's degree in convergence journalism emphasizing emerging media.
Joe enjoys the outdoors, fine dining, jazz music, bowling and cracking wise.