Note: Joy Purdy is no longer at First Coast News
It's great to have "Joy" back in Jacksonville! She moved back to Jacksonville in September of 2007.
If the face and name are familiar, you definitely remember Joy's strong journalistic reputation and contagious energy as a Weekend News Anchor and "Police Beat" Reporter for WJXT from 1995 to 2000.
For 5 years, Joy tenaciously covered countless big stories on the First Coast including the $20 million Loomis Fargo robbery considered the largest robbery in U.S. history, and the capture of Jason "Psycho" Stephens; convicted of murder in the death of a kidnapped toddler, left in a car in the summer heat.
Joy's ability to cover a wide variety of topics also allowed her to closely report on Jacksonville's first black Sheriff (Nat Glover), and the Jaguars historic inaugural season. She even flew with the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels out of Mayport Naval Station.
Joy was awarded the Associated Press' Individual Achievement Award for her work in Jacksonville, but she says her greatest reward was meeting her future husband here!
In 2000, Joy's talent took her to the bright lights of the "Magic City", trading her Jaguars jersey for a Dolphins decal.
Joy was hired by CBS News in Miami as the Noon and 5:30p News Anchor for WFOR; a position she maintained during her nearly 7 years there. She was an integral part of several nationally recognized, award-winning team coverage news stories.
Known in the news biz as the nation's breaking news capital, Miami TV coverage helped Joy sharpen her journalistic skills. She reported from the Abaco Islands in the Bahamas as Category 4 Hurricane Frances passed directly over her. She traveled to the Kennedy Space Center to cover the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster.
She also reported on the infamous 2000 Presidential Election from downtown Miami, when she would find hanging chads stuck to her shoes at the end of each day. "I could kick myself for not scooping up a bunch and selling them on EBay", Joy jokes.
Joy knew her heart was still in Jacksonville when she and her husband chose the Riverside area for their wedding in the spring of 2006. A year later, Joy would get the chance to follow her heart in what she calls part of God's perfect plan for her life. Joy tells us, "After taking turns commuting between North and South Florida every weekend for nearly 7 years, my husband and I were elated when I was asked to join the First Coast News team. What a Blessing!"
Joy's TV career began shortly after graduating from Villanova University in Pennsylvania with a B.A. Degree in Mass Communications and a minor in Education. With an internship at Philadelphia's Channel 6 Action News (ABC) under her belt, Joy joined public TV's New Jersey Network News producing and airing news updates on the radio. She quickly became one of NJN's main television news reporters, helping cover big stories like the inauguration and new administration of New Jersey's first female Governor (Christine Todd Whitman), and interviewing prominent figures like Civil Rights Leader Coretta Scott King, then U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno, and Tennis Star Pete Sampras.
Joy now calls the First Coast home with her husband and stepdaughter. She is expecting her first child next Spring.
They enjoy going to the beach and Jags games, and they all like to travel. However, now with everyone living in one place they'll be spending a lot more time together -- at home!
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