Mitchell Koch is a digital reporter and producer for WREG. He is 2018 journalism graduate from the University of Memphis. When he is not reporting, he loves watching all things Memphis sports, reading the latest news and eating locally sourced food.

Recent Articles
  • Memphis loses to Houston 61-58 in AAC semifinal

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Memphis Tigers rallied back from behind Saturday to almost beat the No. 11 Houston Cougars in the semifinal of the American Athletic Conference tournament, but they lost 61-58. After being down 10 at halftime, the Tigers came within 3 points with under a minute left in the game but could not seal the deal. The Tigers’ leading scorer was senior Jeremiah Martin with 23 points, going 5-24 from the field and 1-8 from three-point range. The […]

  • University of Tennessee announces free tuition program for some students

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Some Tennessee students could get free tuition to the University of Tennessee with a new program announced Thursday. The program, called UT Promise, would make tuition free for the UT campuses in Knoxville, Chattanooga or Martin (but not the UT medical college in Memphis) for families making less than $50,000 annually. “It is critically important that we take a lead role in ensuring students can achieve their dream of obtaining an undergraduate college degree,” UT interim president […]

  • Police searching for man who jumped into Wolf River

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Police are looking for a man who jumped into the Wolf River Harbor on Thursday. The man jumped into the river near Second Street and Plum. Police said he may have tried to jump from a barge onto the bank. Officials are still searching for him, and they said it is an ongoing investigation. Police did not identify the man, but around the same time they started looking for him, a City Watch alert was issued for […]

  • Midtown recycling center to temporarily close

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Cooper-Young recycling center is set to close at the end of the month, but shortly after, it will reopen in a new location under new management. The recycling center currently located at First Congregational Church is operated by ReCommunity, a division of Republic Services, Inc. They say changes in the recycling economy will force them to stop maintaining the site at the end of March. China enacted a policy last year that mandates recycling contamination at […]

  • Campaign to get Memphis clean by 2019 still hasn’t started

    The Greater Memphis Chamber enacted "Memphis Clean by 2019" in 2014, which set a goal to improve on the litter issue by the city's bicentennial celebration in May 2019.

  • Though legal, dead animals in county dump scare some

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. — An image of three dead horses laying in a Shelby County landfill left some people on social media angry, but as it turns out, it’s perfectly legal. The photo was taken by Cody Beard, who said he was at the North Shelby Landfill last week for work when he saw the three deceased animals: a calf, an adult male and an adult female. He decided to post the photo on Facebook, and the comments became filled with […]

  • Severe weather hits Mid-South, causing damages and outages

    The Storm Predictions Center has enlarged the area under Enhanced Risk for the risk of severe weather in the Mid-South on Saturday.

  • Father, son arrested after 25 guns stolen from Arkansas sports store

    ST. FRANCIS COUNTY, Ark. — A father and son were arrested after more than 25 guns, including a fully automatic weapon, were stolen from a sporting goods store in St. Francis County. Tommy and Tyler Immel are in jail with charges of commercial burglary and felony theft of property. The two admitted to going into Ted’s Marine and Sporting Goods on Highway 1 North at Colt on three separate occasions throughout last week to steal weapons, cash and other items, […]

  • Historic Midtown cemetery filled with trash, neighbors concerned

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The oldest marked grave in Shelby County lies in an unusual area: between a Cash Saver and a Home Depot. Neighbors have become concerned as garbage currently fills the inside of the Bettis Family Cemetery. The Midtown cemetery contains what used to be about 15 graves of members of the Bettis family, who lived in Shelby County before Memphis was founded. Located at Madison and Angelus, the Bettis Family Cemetery is on what used to be the […]

  • Gabrielle Union speaks at U of M about her trials, triumphs

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A deafening applause welcomed actress and activist Gabrielle Union to the Michael D. Rose Theatre at the University of Memphis on Wednesday. Union spent her time at the Student Activities Council’s event answering questions from students and a SAC representative in a conversation-style lecture. Questions ranged from topics like her advice for young people, her past trials and triumphs and her current activism. She started off by telling attendees to do what makes them happy and lifts […]

  • Possible alternative sites for 2020 Music Fest released

      MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A list of possible alternative sites for the 2020 Beale Street Music Festival were released Friday, and Memphis in May organizers aren’t pleased with the prospects of those sites. The proposed redesign of Tom Lee Park, the usual host of the festival, is set to begin this summer and last until the end of 2020, which is why looking into an alternative site was needed. The Downtown Memphis Commission selected six sites downtown or close to […]

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