My name is Katie, and I am the night-side web producer with the FOX6Now.com web team! As it turns out, the third time was the charm for me, here at FOX6, as I interviewed for different positions on the web team twice before finally landing the night-side web producer gig here in October of 2011. I feel like this position is absolutely perfect for me, as I am a web junkie! I don’t think there is a single hour in the day that I’m not doing SOMETHING online, whether it be at work, at home on my laptop, or on my Blackberry. Also a self-described newsie, I’m so excited to see how we can use technology to help keep you informed!

Originally from Byron, Illinois (a blip on the map 30 minutes south of Rockford, IL), I grew up in a town of around 4,000, watching FOX6’s Mary Stoker Smith anchor the news every night on WTVO in Rockford (it was my dad’s favorite station!)

After graduating from high school, I was anxious to escape my small town, but wasn’t ready for a big city. After visiting UW-Whitewater, I knew with the small-town feel, it would be a great fit! I spent four years completely immersed in the on-campus television and radio stations, and also did a little bit of writing on the side, for the on-campus newspaper, the Royal Purple. With the television station, I was involved in doing live-broadcasts of the UWW Warhawk football games, and it was great to see our athletes achieve so much! (And the legacy of Warhawk football continues to this day!) To me, my legacy at U-Dub-Dub, as they call it, was my 30-minute live newscast I produced, that won a Wisconsin Broadcasters Association third-place award for best newscast. Winning that award was my goal when I stepped foot on campus as a freshman, and it was a great way to go out.

While at UWW, I got an internship with the investigative unit at another station here in Milwaukee. I remember the first time I drove to Milwaukee – driving over the Marquette Interchange and feeling terrified at how high up I was! I was definitely not used to the big-city freeway system!

I was hired by the station I interned with as an editor before finishing school at UWW, so I would make the hour commute every day between Milwaukee and Whitewater. After a few months of tape-to-tape editing (which I definitely didn’t learn in school!) I was promoted to the full-time web producer position, and I loved it. I was the sole web producer, and while it meant long hours and lots of stress, I really felt like it was the perfect position for me, in the news field. While I was web producer, the site I worked on saw its highest web traffic in site history. Sadly, I was laid off in 2008 during the terrible recession, and struggled to find work. At that point, I thought I was done with the news field, but it’s funny how life can surprise you!

I have been working outside of the news field for three years – working seven days a week during most of 2011 between two jobs, as I unfortunately know what it’s like to struggle to find work, and never want to be in that situation again! I can’t express in words how thrilled I am to be a part of the FOX6 Web Team, and to finally have my weekends free to explore this great city!


Recent Articles
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    BROWN DEER — Two teen girls are recovering after they were attacked by two pit bulls near 48th and Dean in Brown Deer Thursday, September 29th. Both dogs were shot by a police officer — one died. First responders surrounded a home in the area as two 14-year-old girls were taken away on stretchers and police investigated in the front yard. Police say the dogs lived in the home with one of the girls and just before 4:30 p.m., the two dogs attacked […]

  • Caden Bower

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  • Carl Barrett

    Carl Barrett Jr. found GUILTY on 4 charges in connection with shooting death of 5-year-old Laylah Petersen

    MILWAUKEE — The jury on Thursday, September 29th reached a verdict in the case of Carl Barrett Jr., one of three men charged in connection with the death of five-year-old Laylah Petersen. Petersen was shot while inside a home near 58th and Fairmount on November 6, 2014. 21-year-old Carl Barrett Jr. was found guilty of the following charges: First degree reckless homicide, use of a dangerous weapon, as party to a crime First degree recklessly endangering safety, use of a dangerous weapon, as party to a crime (three […]

  • Packers show off new Lambeau suites with retractable windows!

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  • Horizon apartment, condo development on Underwood Avenue in Wauwatosa moving forward

    Horizon apartment, condo development on Underwood Avenue in Wauwatosa moving forward

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  • oshkosh-defense

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    Oshkosh Corp. officials said Thursday, September 29th that the U.S. Army has awarded the company a $409 million order to produce 1,661 medium tactical trucks and 31 trailers in the seventh year of a military contract awarded in 2009. To date, Oshkosh has delivered more than 35,000 trucks and trailers under the $3 billion Family of Medium Tactical Vehicle contract. The current generation supports the hauling of payloads ranging from 2.5 tons to 10 tons in support of combat missions, […]

  • Home Depot

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  • Heroin

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  • Milwaukee Police Department MPD

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    MILWAUKEE — Officials with the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office say a two-year-old child who was seriously hurt after becoming trapped between a bunk bed and a wall on September 21st in Milwaukee has passed away. The child died at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin on Sunday, September 25th. The two-year-old boy has been identified by the medical examiner as Kindell Jefferson Roberts. His death has been ruled an accident. The incident happened on the morning of September 21st at a home near 101st and […]

  • Thomas Jones and Blake

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    TENNESSEE — An Uber driver in Tennessee has been suspended — after police say she refused to give a ride to a man and his service dog. Thomas Jones said he called Uber to pick him up from the grocery store on Sunday, September 25th. As usual, he had his guide dog Blake with him. “He helps me around class. He helps me around campus,” Jones said. Jones has retinitis pigmentosa, and has lost all sight in his right eye. Blake […]

  • Timothy King

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    MILWAUKEE COUNTY — A 53-year-old man accused of stabbing a store manager at the Walgreens at 27th and National in Milwaukee has reached a plea deal in the case against him — and he has been sentenced to prison. Timothy King on Thursday, September 29th pleaded guilty to an amended charge of second degree recklessly endangering safety (penalties for felonies – Class “G” felony). King was then sentenced to serve three years in prison and three years extended supervision. He […]