WDEF TV new anchor Joe Legge is taking a public relations position with new Walker County Commissioner Shannon Whitfield.
Mr. Legge, who grew up in the Nashville area and graduated from MTSU, joined WDEF News 12 This Morning in 2011 after serving as noon anchor for five years.
Before coming to Chattanooga in 2006, he worked for nine years in the Tri-Cities.
He began his broadcast career at the age of 14 at public radio station WVCP in Gallatin and continued to work in radio at WMOT while in college. He switched to TV before graduation, taking an anchor/reporter position at independent station WHRT in Murfreesboro.
"l've established this position with the objective of keeping the citizens informed, as well as making government more responsive to the citizens. Ifeel very fortunate that we were able to find someone of Joe's caliber to fulfill this role," said Commissioner Whitfield. "l believe this will help increase citizen participation, pride in our communities, and will continue my commitment for a new direction and future for Walker County."
"I am thrilled Commissioner Whitfield placed his trust in my abilities to improve communication within Walker County," said Mr. Legge. "While reporting the news, viewers put thei r trust in me to provide them with essential information. l believe my journali sm background and passion for government operations will prove valuable as Commissioner Whitfield works to make Walker County government more open and transparent."