TV reporter swaps News 4 for pro wrestling gig – mySA

It’s been about two months since News 4 San Antonio reporter Joe Galli left the TV station. The announcement came in April, during a time when a handful of other reporters made their exits amid a change in leadership. Though Galli isn’t reporting on the day-to-day events in San Antonio anymore, you can find him commentating in a different arena. Wrestling.

“I started a career in professional wrestling before I was even a professional journalist,” he said.

Galli tells MySA he grew up in Los Angeles where he attended wrestling school while trying to figure out the direction he wanted to take. He soon found himself making a TV demo reel, showing him being tossed around by a 400-pound wrestler. Somehow, that snippet along with his other talents, landed him a TV gig in Ohio. 

Joe Galli

Joe Galli

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Soon after, he bounced around TV markets, as journalist do to further their career, and in between reporting for local stations, he continued to offer commentary for professional wrestling. He now does that for the National Wrestling Alliance or NWA. You can watch it on subscription service FITE.  

“I feel like I’m in a great place with this sort of boutique wrestling company,” Galli said. “I couldn’t be more thrilled to be where I am.”

Joe Galli at the wrestling commentary podium

Joe Galli at the wrestling commentary podium

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The Emmy-award winning journalist made his way to the San Antonio NBC affiliate in March 2018, where he worked as a general assignments reporter. He covered breaking news as well as providing extensive coverage on the El Paso Walmart shooting in 2019.
He says leaving news in April 2022 after more than 11 years was the best decision for him at the time, prior to the Uvalde school shooting.

“When you cover these mass shootings, when you’re in the thick of it, you build a wall inside yourself,” he said. “Here are the facts, here’s what’s going on, but when you have something like that, and it’s children, it’s a whole another level, and I don’t know if I have a strong enough wall to stay up.”

Former News 4 San Antonio reporter covers El Paso Shooting in 2019

Former News 4 San Antonio reporter covers El Paso Shooting in 2019

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Galli says he loves his team at News 4 and Fox 29, commending them on their efforts on working through a very difficult time.

When asked if he would ever return to TV news, Galli said, “Never say never, but at this point, I think it’s unlikely.”

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