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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!


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    GREENFIELD — The newest Meijer store in SE Wisconsin opened Tuesday, April 25th in Greenfield. The 192,000-square-foot Greenfield Meijer store, located at 60th and Layton, is one of two new stores opening in SE Wisconsin this spring. Another is set to open in West Bend on May 16th. Meijer will offer special promotions and events to mark both of these grand openings. The new store is one of seven new Meijer supercenters opening this year and part of an investment […]

  • “Happy they’re safe:” Soldier describes rescue of Milwaukee family from Queen’s Bath in Hawaii

    KAUAI, Hawaii — A U.S. Army soldier and bystander saved the day four a couple and their infant after they were swept into the water by a huge wave in Hawaii. It was Drew and Rifka Downey’s first time at Queen’s Bath on Saturday, April 22nd. “My wife was about to jump in and a second before that, we saw the waves were coming pretty big and we decided to hold off,” Drew Downey said. Seconds after the wave hit, […]

  • Movie money: Police in Hartford investigate several incidents involving counterfeit $100 bills

    HARTFORD — Police in Hartford are investigating several instances of individuals passing counterfeit $100 bills — movie money. The look authentic, but say “For Cinema Use Only” on the front and back of the bills. These bills are prop money used for motion pictures. Hartford police ask that you report any information you may have that could help with this investigation. Monitor FOX6 News and FOX6Now.com for updates on this developing story.

  • Glendale police seek suspect caught on camera stealing cash from The Brick Pub and Grill

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  • 2 in custody after bank robbery in Shorewood, pursuit, crash in Whitefish Bay

    SHOREWOOD — Schools in Shorewood were briefly placed on a “soft lockdown” Tuesday, April 25th after a bank robbery in Shorewood and subsequent crash in Whitefish Bay. According to Shorewood police, it all began around 10:00 a.m. when police received a report of a suspicious vehicle, which apparently circled the block numerous times on Bartlett near Kenmore. An officer soon noticed a suspect run from the TCF Bank on Oakland Avenue and get into a vehicle matching the description of […]

  • “This is great!” Milwaukee VA hosts free electronics recycling event; 70K lbs. collected

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  • Brand new beer garden opens May 5th in Whitnall Park!

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  • “This reflects our values:” Sign posted by Glendale Little League officials captures national attention

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  • Missing, endangered 88-year-old man believed to be headed to WI from Florida

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  • Ex-teacher accused of having sex with 4 students, 2 at the same time

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  • Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch promotes financial literacy while reading to students at St. Marcus

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  • Police: Critically missing 15-year-old girl found safe

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