Joe Torres  | ABC7 WABC News Team
Joe is a full-fledged, purebred New Yorker. He was born in Brooklyn. He attended P.S. 198 until the sixth grade when his family moved to Northern Westchester County. He is a graduate of John Jay High School in Cross River.

After high school, Joe continued his education at SUNY Brockport, where he earned a B.S. in Communications. Along with his wife Fran and their two boys, Joe still lives in the town where he grew up.

Joe joined the Eyewitness News team as a general assignment reporter in 1996. Throughout the last two decades he has established himself as one of the premier street reporters here in the nation's #1 television market. Versatility is his strength. Crime, politics, religion, education, transportation, business, whatever the subject, Joe has covered it all with an engaging and energetic style that fellow New Yorkers have come to know and love.

Perhaps most memorable for viewers has been Joe's extensive coverage of Pope's John Paul II, Benedict XVI and Francis. Before the death of John Paul II, Joe followed the globe-trotting Pontiff on his trips to Cuba, Mexico, and the Holy Land, providing New Yorkers with local angles to worldly events. Joe was at the Vatican for the Pope's Silver Anniversary and for his death, when millions flocked to Rome to say goodbye to the spiritual leader. Joe was at St. Peter's Square in April of 2005 when the white smoke from the Sistine Chapel informed the world of the election of Pope Benedict the XVI. Three years later Joe provided in-depth coverage of Pope Benedict's visit to New York. Joe returned to the Vatican and St. Peter's Square in March of 2013 for the historic election of Pope Francis, the church's very first Pontiff from Latin America.

Two days a week Joe comes in from the street and heads to the anchor desk. Each Saturday and Sunday evening Joe serves as Co-Anchor of the 5, 6 and 11 o'clock editions of Eyewitness News This Weekend.

Joe also serves as Host of 'Tiempo,' a 30-minute public affairs program aimed at the ever-growing Latino population in the New York metropolitan area. 'Tiempo' airs each Sunday morning at 11:30.

Joe's distinctive storytelling ability garnered him a Peabody Award and the Edward R. Murrow Award for his reports on the world-changing events of September 11th. Joe also earned an Emmy Award for his coverage of the Greenpoint Gas Tank Implosions in 2001.

Joe started his television career in 1987 as an NBC Page in New York. His first reporting job was at WSAV-TV in Savannah, Georgia where he served as a general assignment reporter and beat reporter covering county government. Joe then moved to ABC affiliate WNEP-TV in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania to work as a Consumer Reporter, general assignment reporter and Weekend Anchor. In 1992 Joe landed a job as the Jersey Shore correspondent for Disney/ABC-owned WPVI-TV in Philadelphia.

Joe's Stories
Missing 17th century masterpiece discovered in Westchester County church
MYSTERY SOLVED: A lost painting that is believed to date back to the 17th century was found in a New York church and now will be on display for all to see.
Retired FDNY fire marshal who ID'd 9/11 victims grateful for every day
There is no shortage of 9/11 survivor stories, but retired FDNY Fire Marshal Conrad Tinney's might be in a league of its own.
Reporter Joe Torres and photographer Glenn Mayrose credit divine intervention for survival on 9/11
Eyewitness News reporter Joe Torres and photographer Glenn Mayrose rushed to the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. While trying to get closer to the burning towers, a friendly face stopped them in the crowd. Now, they credit this woman with saving their lives.
Inmates and officers work together in 'Puppies Behind Bars' program to help at-risk law enforcement
Inmates, cops and dogs are all working together in a special program designed to help at-risk officers who might be considering suicide.
Parents give update after young kids narrowly miss gunman's bullets on NYC sidewalk
The parents of two children who ducked for cover as a gunman opened fire inches away say their kids are covered in bruises and traumatized after what happened last week.
Westchester County bridge renamed for servicemember killed in Afghanistan
NYPD Det. Joseph Lemm was killed while serving overseas in Afghanistan. A bridge in Westchester County was renamed in his honor this Memorial Day.
Woman abandons 7-month-old baby inside Brooklyn store
Nbel Elcede still can't believe what he saw and what his security cameras captured Friday night inside his Myrtle Avenue mini-market in Bushwick.
Man with bat causes $15K in damage at Tuckahoe police station
A neighboring town loaned two of its police cruises to Tuckahoe so service and protection for the village could continue after the disturbing act of vandalism.
'Taxilandia' experiential theater confronts gentrification in Bushwick
Several times a day, former cab driver Modesto 'Flako' Jimenez welcomes guests into his tricked-out 2004 Lincoln Town Car for a ride-along show called 'Taxilandia.'
Airline dispute: Family says they were kicked off flight to NYC over toddler not wearing mask
A member of the Orthodox Jewish family kicked off the plane said he believes they were singled out and disputes the airline's claims that other members of the family weren't wearing masks.