Tom Kenny joined ABC 36 News in June of 2001 as a General Assignment Reporter. A native of Peoria, Illinois, he graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Mass Communications from Western Illinois University. He currently co-anchors ABC 36 News at 5:00, 6:00 and 11:00pm.
Tom has more than 25-years experience in broadcast journalism. He is the only broadcast journalist in Lexington television history to be honored with a national Edward R. Murrow Award. Tom was recognized for hard news reporting on a story that gave a rare glimpse inside the secretive world of the Federal Witness Protection Program. He has won an Emmy Award for anchoring and another for investigative reporting, exposing the deceit and potential danger of online diploma mills.Tom has seven other Emmy nominations to his credit for investigative and feature reporting. He has won Associated Press Awards for reporting and anchoring. He has won two Addy Awards for excellence in promotional writing. He was voted Outstanding Young Man in America by Who’s Who in 1999.
Tom also has network broadcast experience in radio and television having worked as a sports reporter for ESPN, Sportschannel, NBC Sports and the Breeders’ Cup. He was also the studio host and halftime producer for CBS Radio Sports’ College Football Game of the Week and covered the NFL for One-On-One Radio Sports.
Prior to joining WTVQ-TV, Tom was Vice-President of the Houston Astros Minor League baseball team in Lexington. He was part of the original management team that brought professional baseball back to the Bluegrass after a nearly 50-year absence.
Tom has lived in Lexington 22-years. In that time he has been heavily involved with dozens of charity and civic groups. Tom is married with two children.
Tom loves NASCAR and shares his opinions of the sport in his NASCAR blog. Tom can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org