Julie Hays

Vice President

An award-winning journalist with more than 20 years of experience at KWTX-TV, the CBS affiliate in Waco, TX, and serves as the Vice President of Archway of Hope. Since her start with KWTX in 2002, Julie has held several positions in the newsroom, working her way up from an overnight producer to an anchor and evening producer. Julie made a change in 2017 to anchor “Midday with Julie” and also enjoys reporting positive stories from around Central Texas in the popular “Tell Me Something Good” segment. This has allowed her to spend more time with her husband, Sam, and kids, Callie, John, and Natalie. During her tenure at KWTX, Julie has covered many big stories, including the Pepper Hamilton investigation into Title IX shortcomings in 2016, for which she won two regional Edward R. Murrow awards, two Emmy 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. Julie's ability to connect with people has landed her multiple exclusive interviews with everyone from everyday heroes to leaders of the free world. Julie has interviewed George W. Bush more than a dozen times and was invited to the White House for one of his final interviews while in office. Though Julie has been involved with dozens of non-profits, she considers Archway to be the most near and dear to her heart because of the void she believes it is filling for so many hurting families. While she never met Rhett Hering, the late son of Archway founders Lorna and Jimmy Hering, Julie reported on his tragic death in 2015 and was inspired by how Rhett's family and community used his death to offer hope to others. Julie has served as Archway of Hope’s Vice President since 2021, hoping to provide resources to those experiencing grief and give them hope for a normal life.