Joseph Morton grew up in Memphis, Tenn., and graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism in 1998.
Following a one-year Fulbright fellowship in Frankfurt, Germany, Morton joined The World-Herald in 1999.
Morton has chased police scanner traffic, reported on high-profile court cases and grilled city officials on everything from tardy road construction projects to pension spiking.
He has received the Thomas C. Sorensen Award for Distinguished Nebraska Journalism.
Since 2006, he has worked in the World-Herald’s Washington Bureau, covering the region’s congressional delegations and explaining how the federal government influences the lives of Nebraskans and Iowans.
Morton spent two months in 2011 in Afghanistan, embedded with various National Guard units from Nebraska and Iowa.