My name is Katie, and I am the night-side web producer with the 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
  • Former officer acquitted after shooting death of Sylville Smith reaches plea deal in sex assault case

    MILWAUKEE — Dominique Heaggan-Brown, 26, the former Milwaukee police officer acquitted in connection with the shooting death of Sylville Smith in August on Thursday, Jan. 18 reached a plea deal in a sexual assault case filed two months after the shooting, which resulted in his termination from MPD, after an investigation found him to be in violation of MPD’s Code of Conduct. Heaggan-Brown pleaded no contest to an amended charge of false imprisonment. He then pleaded guilty to the remaining […]

  • Bayside police: Squad nearly struck by texting driver after 2 squads almost hit by suspect vehicle during pursuit

    BAYSIDE — Bayside police are reminding motorists of Wisconsin’s “Move Over Law,” after a squad was nearly struck on I-43 by a vehicle driven by a texting driver. Police said Thursday, Jan. 18 a Bayside officer was assisting a disabled vehicle on the side of I-43 when the texting driver came close to striking the squad. Officers caught up with him, and he was stopped and ticketed. Bayside police said not only is it important to move over or slow down […]

  • Prosecutors: Grafton man admits to anthrax threat while returning cable box at UPS Store; says it was ‘a joke’

    GRAFTON — A Grafton man is facing a misdemeanor charge, accused of showing up at a UPS Store and indicating he had anthrax in a box he was looking to return. David Turiciano, 44, of Grafton faces one count of disorderly conduct. According to a criminal complaint, on Jan. 17, police were called out to the UPS Store on Port Washington Rd. near Washington St. — where they met with a manager who indicated a man entered the store with […]

  • ‘He’s dead:’ 1 year in prison for father whose 8-year-old called 911 after he overdosed in his vehicle

    WAUKESHA COUNTY — A Waukesha father accused of overdosing on drugs while his three young children were in his vehicle has reached a plea deal in the case against him. After pleading guilty Thursday, Jan. 18, he was sentenced to prison. Christopher Koeberl, 34, pleaded guilty to two charges: OWI, third offense with a passenger under the age of 16 and neglecting a child. Three other charges were dismissed but read into the court record. He was then sentenced to serve one […]

  • 36 years in federal prison for Milwaukee man after 5 restaurant, Family Dollar robberies in less than 2 weeks

    MILWAUKEE — Joel Rivera, 29, on Jan. 12 was sentenced to serve 36 years in federal prison and five years of supervised release in connection with five robberies at restaurants and Family Dollar stores from Jan. 4 through Jan. 17, 2017. According to a news release from the United States Attorney’s Office, Rivera was convicted in federal court in September by a jury that found him guilty of two business robberies, known as “Hobbs Act Robberies,” and two counts of brandishing […]

  • Juvenile female in custody after pursuit initiated by Brown Deer PD ended in Milwaukee

    GLENDALE — A juvenile female was arrested after a pursuit that was initiated by Brown Deer police ended in Milwaukee. The pursuit continued in Glendale for about six miles, and ended shortly before 1 a.m. when police deployed a pursuit-ending technique near 18th and Center. When the vehicle was stopped, five or six occupants scattered, and police arrested the juvenile female. No one was hurt. The investigation is ongoing.

  • Grafton man arrested, accused in connection with anthrax threat against UPS Store employees

    GRAFTON — A Grafton man, 44, was arrested Wednesday, Jan. 17, accused in connection with an anthrax threat against UPS Store employees at the store on Port Washington Rd., while attempting to return some electronics. It happened around 3:15 p.m. Police were called out to the store for a report of an individual making a threat involving anthrax, and employees stated a man came into the store attempting to send some electronics equipment back. In doing so, the suspect stated that […]

  • Bobby Butler leads Ads to 4-3 win over Griffins with 2 goals and an assist

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Bobby Butler scored two goals and added an assist to lead the Milwaukee Admirals to a 4-3 win over the Grand Rapids Griffins Wednesday, Jan. 17 at Van Andel Arena. Butler moved into a tie with three other players for the AHL lead in goals with 19. Milwaukee scored three goals in the third period to come away with the victory. Butler scored his second goal of the game at 3:30 of the third period after he […]

  • Sheriff’s officials: 15-year-old last seen in Milwaukee; believed a victim of human trafficking, found safe

    BROWN COUNTY — Brown County sheriff’s officials said Wednesday night, Jan. 17 15-year-old Kasey Vang was found safe. Vang was missing from the Village of Bellevue since Jan. 11. She was last seen in Milwaukee with her younger sister on Jan. 13. Her sister returned home and was speaking to investigators. There was a lot of concern because authorities believed Kasey Vang to be a victim of human trafficking by an unknown man. Again — she has been found safe.

  • Marquette University Police Chief Paul Mascari cited for OWI; placed on leave

    MILWAUKEE — Marquette University Police Chief Paul Mascari has been cited for OWI. It happened while Chief Mascari was off duty, and away from campus. Below is a statement from an MU spokesman, confirming the incident: “We are aware of a police citation issued to our Marquette University Police Chief for operating a vehicle while intoxicated while he was off duty and away from campus. The chief has been placed on administrative leave pending an internal review. Marquette University takes […]

  • Marine with ties to Rock County stabbed to death at Camp Pendleton

    CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — A Marine with ties to Rock County was killed Tuesday, Jan. 16 at Camp Pendleton, Calif. Scott Weberpal told FOX6’s sister station WMTV in Madison that his son, Ethan Barclay-Weberpal, was stabbed to death on the San Diego County Marine base. According to his father, Barclay-Weberpal attended both Parker High School in Janesville and Whitewater High School in Whitewater. A second Marine was taken into custody. The Naval Criminal Investigative Service is handling the investigation.

  • Gov. Walker says he’s waiting for results of investigations into jail before making final decision on sheriff

    MILWAUKEE — The search for Milwaukee County’s next sheriff could take longer than anticipated. Governor Scott Walker previously said he wanted to appoint an interim sheriff around the start of the year. On Wednesday, Jan. 17, he said he’s waiting to see how several different investigations into the Milwaukee County Jail play out. Richard Schmidt has been filling in since August, when David Clarke resigned. Walker said Schmidt is fully capable of running the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office and the […]