Coverage of the Great American Solar Eclipse ☀️ set to occur Monday, August 21st

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
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    MILWAUKEE — On August 21st, the sun will disappear for a short time. For a swath of the country from Portland, Oregon, to Charleston, South Carolina, it will feel like someone just turned off the sun in the middle of the day. Here in Wisconsin, a portion of the sun will partially disappear. It is being called the “Great American Eclipse,” and it hasn’t happened in 99 years. The total solar eclipse on June 8th, 1918, crossed the States from Washington […]

  • Read it: Lawmaker reaction to passage of Foxconn incentive bill by Assembly

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  • “Memory Cafe” opens at 27th and Wisconsin in Milwaukee to serve dementia patients

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  • Kris Zocco, charged in 2013 death of Kelly Dwyer during “violent sex act,” appears in court

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  • Man seriously hurt when his vehicle struck another, before hitting a tree in Milwaukee

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  • Police: During standoff, man poured gasoline onto home, threatened to light it on fire

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  • Sheboygan police seek 2 known suspects in connection to shooting near 19th and Broadway

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  • “I set my sister on fire:” Man accused of taking life of sister with cerebral palsy set for trial

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  • Anastasia the tortoise, taken from zoo in Oshkosh, has been returned

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  • Police caught up with couple accused of sex at State Fair hiding in basement of West Allis tavern

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  • Brookfield police seek suspects after break-ins at Sprint, Verizon on Bluemound

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