Get to know more about Julie!
Julie Hays is a multiple Edward R. Murrow and Emmy-award winning journalist with more than 16 years’ experience at KWTX-TV. Beloved for her expertise and commitment to family and community, she uses her platform to make a positive difference in the lives of Central Texans.
Since her start with KWTX in 2002, Julie has held several positions in the newsroom. Beginning as an overnight producer, she also has experience as a weekend producer, reporter, morning and noon anchor, evening anchor, and evening executive producer, a position she held for over 10 years.
Julie made a change in 2017 to anchor “Midday with Julie” airing weekdays at noon. This has allowed her to more time with her husband, Sam, and kids Callie, 7, John, 5, and Natalie, 4. She also enjoys reporting positive stories from around Central Texas in the popular “Tell Me Something Good” segment in News 10 at 5.
Julie has covered many big stories during her tenure at KWTX. She recently led the "Baylor Fallout" coverage following the Pepper Hamilton investigation into Title IX shortcomings in 2016. For her work on this ongoing story, Julie received two regional Edward R. Murrow awards, two Emma awards through the Lone Star Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, three first place Texas Associated Press Broadcasters awards, and a prestigious Charles E. Green Award by the Headliners Foundation of Texas for Excellence in Journalism for spot news coverage of the event.
In 2017, Julie helped lead the effort to have a home built for an area-firefighter paralyzed in a freak off-duty accident. For her efforts on the firefighter’s behalf, the Waco Fire Department made Julie an honorary firefighter and presented her with an award which included her own fire helmet, personalized with her name.
Julie reported the story of a local girl's efforts to get a potentially life-saving, but expensive drug. The news coverage contributed to an insurance company overturning their original decision to deny coverage of the drug. The girl's family said Julie's determination to follow the story not only gave their daughter hope but led to the young girl being selected as the MDA's Ambassador for the year.
When not on the air or writing stories for the web, Julie is all over town emceeing or assisting organizations including the American Heart Association to the American Cancer Society, Fuzzy Friends Animal Rescue, and Waco’s Talitha Koum Institute.
Feel free to drop Julie a line anytime with a story idea or just to say hello!