Joe Parris is Chief Political Reporter for Idaho’s most viewed local television station, he joined the KTVB team in 2016 after graduating from the University of Colorado in Boulder. At CU, Parris was named most outstanding student for his work in the classroom, with student groups, and as a journalist and sports broadcaster.
Shortly after graduation, Parris joined KTVB in May of 2016 when he joined the KTVB morning team family alongside Maggie O’Mara, Doug Petcash, and his beloved mentor Larry Gebert. The AM shows are where Parris got to know Idaho, following major breaking news across the Treasure Valley, bringing live reports from weather to crime to even the great Idaho goat escape.
In 2020, KTVB introduced ‘The 208’, a hyperlocal news show that captures Idaho stories from a variety of angles. Parris was part of the original 208 team and remains as daily reporter for the 5pm show following Idaho politics.
Parris was named Idaho Press Club Broadcast Reporter of the year three years in a row: 2019, 2020, and 2021 and is proud of his contributions to several Emmy Award winning newscasts at KTVB. His favorite story, the great Goat escape of 2018, earned him a regional Murrow award for storytelling through social media.
In his free time, Parris loves being with his fiancé and friends enjoying the Boise foothills, Idaho skiing, and watching hockey. He also spends as much time as possible with his best friend Bosco, a Border Collie who loves to play and spend time outside.