Zachary Downes is a Digital Content Producer for WREG. Previously, he served as a producer for WREG-TV’s morning show, Daybreak.

This is not his first job in his television career. Previously, he worked as an associate producer in Asheville, North Carolina. He covered numerous stories in the Great Smoky Mountains, including President Trump’s campaign and a six day manhunt that shutdown the Pisgah National Forest for a week.

Zachary is a proud graduate of Kent State University where he majored in Broadcast Journalism. During his college career, he served as a producer and executive producer for the award-winning college station, TV2 KSU, as well as an intern for WLOS News 13, where he would eventually start his career.

Zachary is an Ohio native who is starting to make the Mid-South home. Although he is a major Cleveland Cavaliers fan, he is starting to become a die hard Memphis Grizzlies fan. However, he will always be a true Ohio State Buckeye’s fan (O-H!)

When Zachary is not at work, he loves getting out and seeing what the Mid-South has to offer as well as trying to numerous barbecue restaurants here in Memphis.

If you have a story idea, send him an email at or twitter @TheZachDownes.

Recent Articles
  • MBI investigating an officer-involved shooting in Tunica

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is investigating an officer-involved shooting in Tunica. Mayor Chuck Cariker says it happened at 2:30 a.m. Sunday morning at the corner of Delta Street and Cummins Avenue. The suspect was taken to Baptist-DeSoto but is now recovering at the Regional Medical Center in Memphis. It is not clear what condition the suspect is in. Cariker did say the officer who was involved is okay but it not clear if the officer was […]

  • Mid-South artist takes home a Grammy

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A Memphis-born lyricist is a Grammy award winner after a song she co-wrote won ‘Best Pop Duo/Group Performance’ Jozzy is bringing the Grammy back to Memphis for her role in writing popular song ‘Old Town Road’ by Lil Nas X, featuring Billy Ray Cyrus. She helped write Billy Ray Cyrus’ verse in the song. The song was also nominated for ‘Record of the Year,’ which went to Billie Eilish’s ‘Bad Guy.’ You can find the full list […]

  • Two dead after a car accident in southwest Memphis

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Two people are dead after an car accident in southwest Memphis on Sunday night. Memphis police confirm two people were killed in a two car accident at South Third and West Raines Road. At approx. 5:40 p.m., Raines Station officers handled a crash involving two vehicles at S. Third @ W. Raines Road. Two individuals were transported to ROH where they later succumbed to their injuries. This is an ongoing investigation. — Memphis Police Dept (@MEM_PoliceDept) January […]

  • Kobe Bryant, daughter Gianna among 9 people killed in helicopter crash

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. — NBA legend Kobe Bryant is one of nine people who were killed in a helicopter crash outside of Los Angeles on Sunday morning. The aircraft went down near Calabasas and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna was also killed. According to WREG’s sister station in Los Angeles, it happened around 10 a.m. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department originally reported on twitter five people were killed, but later said the flight manifest proved there was nine people on board. […]

  • Another inmate found dead at Parchman

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Sunflower County Coroner confirms another inmate was found dead at the Mississippi State Penitentiary, known as Parchman, on Saturday morning. Coroner Heather Burton said in a statement Joshua Norman was found hanging in his cell during a security check in Unit 29 around 11:15 a.m. Burton noted that she does not believe foul play was involved. Norman’s official cause of death is pending while investigators wait for the autopsy results. This is the most recent death […]

  • Free tax prep services for Memphians starts Monday

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The City of Memphis is partnering with United Way Mid-South to help people file their taxes. Mayor Jim Strickland said on Facebook residents can call 211 starting Monday to schedule a meeting. People who make less than $55,000 a year are eligible to get help with their taxes. Strickland says they were able to help Memphians with $12.2 million in refunds, which averages over $1,140, and $4.5 million in earned income tax credits last year.

  • Inmate dies at Marshall County prison

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Marshall County Coroner confirms an inmate a Marshall County prison has died. Coroner James Anderson says he was called around 8:45 p.m. Saturday night about the situation at the Marshall County Correctional Facility. The body was sent to the state examiner in Pearl, Mississippi. It is not clear who the inmate was or what lead to their death. This is a developing story. Stay with WREG for updates.

  • Men charged after shooting at Parkway Village apartment complex

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Two men are set to face a judge Monday morning in connection to a shooting at a Parkway Village apartment complex Friday night. Zsardin Thomas and Renarado Townsend are facing multiple charges including attempted first degree murder. Arrest records say officers were flagged down at the Cottonwood Apartments. A security officer told police he saw three males firing shots in the complex and they were occupying a black Nissan Altima. Two people drove to the front of […]

  • Officer released from hospital after shooting in north Mississippi

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is investigating after an officer-involved shooting in north Mississippi. It happened on Highway 51 in Coldwater, near State Highway 306 around 10 a.m. and the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is working the investigation. District Attorney John Champion says both the officer and the suspect were hit by gunfire. The officer was hit in the head but has been since released from the hospital. “…Fate was on his side,” Champion said during a […]

  • Authorities find human remains, possibly linked to missing Cross County woman

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Human remains found near Hazen, Arkansas could be missing Cross County woman Christy Rooks. The Arkansas State Police confirmed on their website human remains were found in a crude grave site just north of Hazen. State forensics experts are working to identify the remains. Police say information tied to her disappearance led law enforcement to farm property and a residence between Des Arc and Hazen where the investigation and evidence recovery has been underway over the past […]

  • Police: Man killed in Hickory Hill was an attempted robbery suspect

    A man was found shot to death Saturday morning in a Hickory Hill neighborhood.

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