Winter storm WARNING for Sheboygan and Fond du Lac Counties from 1pm Monday – 6am Tuesday
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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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    Snow in the forecast! Winter Weather ADVISORY takes effect Monday afternoon

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — A Winter Weather ADVISORY will take effect at 1:00 p.m. Monday, November 24th — and will remain in effect through 6:00 a.m. Tuesday. The Advisory includes the following counties: Dodge, Jefferson, Kenosha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Walworth, Washington and Waukesha. The National Weather Service has also issued a Winter Storm WARNING for Sheboygan county from 1:00 p.m. Monday, November 24th to 6 a.m. Tuesday. Three to five inches of snow is expected to fall in these counties Monday afternoon […]

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    “Why can’t this be delivered when I’m actually home?” “Doorman” can protect your packages from thieves

    CALIFORNIA (CNN) — It is a growing problem, especially during the holiday season: Thieves swiping packages from doorsteps after they’re delivered. A San Francisco tech startup has developed a solution. You’ve likely seen the surveillance video showing strangers walking up to doors — making off with merchandise. It’s a crime we see a lot during the holiday season. All those packages left on doorsteps become huge gifts for thieves. The root of the problem is simple, really. The post office […]

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    Admirals fall to Wild in shootout

    DES MOINES (WITI) – Goalie John Curry stopped 33 shots to lead the Iowa Wild to a 2-1 shootout win over the Milwaukee Admirals Sunday night, November 23rd. It was Milwaukee’s first loss in Des Moines since losing to the then-Iowa Chops February 28, 2009. The lone goal in the shootout for either team was scored by Iowa’s Zack Phillips. The loss was the first blemish on Admirals goalie Magnus Hellberg’s record this season. He fell to 6-0-1 on the season. […]

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    18-year-old man arrested following pursuit on I-43 involving stolen vehicle

    SHEBOYGAN (WITI) — Sheboygan County Sheriff’s officials say an 18-year-old man was arrested on Sunday, November 23rd following a high-speed pursuit on I-43 involving a stolen vehicle. Shortly before 5:00 p.m., the Sheriff’s Office received a report of a vehicle on I-43 southbound operating erratically and without headlamps. Deputies located the vehicle on I-43 southbound near the Village of Oostburg. Deputies soon learned through checking the vehicle’s registration that it was listed as stolen. Deputies attempted to stop the vehicle […]

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    “I killed that baby:” Elderly woman admits to killing infant son 53 years ago, blaming it on another son

    MICHIGAN (WITI) — An elderly woman has admitted to killing her infant son 53 years ago — and blaming it on another son. The Battle Creek Enquirer reports 77-year-old Janice Summerfield, who now lives in a nursing home told the paper: “I killed that baby. My mind wasn’t right. I killed that baby. I didn’t know what I was doing.” In September, one of Summerfield’s daughters (Paula Gastian) contacted authorities after Janice Summerfield admitted to smothering William Earl Summerfield III […]

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    Sheriff’s Office: 11 drunken drivers, two repeat offenders arrested during Operation Drive Sober patrols

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Eleven drunken drivers, two of them repeat offenders, were arrested during this weekend’s Operation Drive Sober initiative. One of the first-time offenders drove the wrong way, and was involved in a crash on NB I-794, according to Sheriff’s officials. At the start of last year, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke ordered an aggressive weekend Driving Under the Influence initiative to rid the Milwaukee County freeway system of drunken drivers. This weekend’s initiative began Friday, November 21st at 4:00 […]

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    Just add water (or milk!) Northern Brewer offers beer, cheese-making kits in time for the holidays

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Beer and cheese reign in Wisconsin! Milwaukee is nicknamed “Brew City” — and Wisconsinites are “Cheeseheads” — and there’s a reason for those nicknames. So why not honor Wisconsin when you’re looking for gifts this holiday season? James Jordan with the Northern Brewer appeared on FOX6 WakeUp News on Saturday, November 23rd — showing off some home-brewing kits! The beer making kits come in one-gallon and five-gallon options — and include everything you need to make a […]

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    Adopt-A-Pet: Elton, the two-month-old kitten, looking for his “furever” home

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — “Elton” is a two-month-old kitten currently living at the Wisconsin Humane Society’s Milwaukee campus — hoping he’ll find his “furever” home in time for the holidays! Elton is a “buff”-colored kitten who loves to play and is very affectionate. He is neutered, microchipped and ready to go home! CLICK HERE to learn more about the cats available for adoption at the Wisconsin Humane Society.  

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    Don’t feel like cooking and cleaning? Iron Horse Hotel offering a Thanksgiving buffet!

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — If you’re not a great cook, and perhaps you’re looking for somewhere to go to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner, the Iron Horse Hotel is an option! The Iron Horse Hotel is offering a Thanksgiving buffet on Thursday, November 27th — an opportunity to have that family togetherness without having to worry about cooking or cleaning. The buffet will offer traditional Thanksgiving favorites like turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and mashed potatoes — but also, some special dishes, like lobster […]

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    Pup’s Picks: Packers vs. Vikings — Who will Hugo, the Terrier mix pick?!

    It’s the Packers vs. the Vikings this week — so who will the pup pick?! Hugo is a three-month-old Terrier mix. He has been neutered, microchipped and vaccinated, and he’s available at the Wisconsin Humane Society. We’re told Hugo is a big Packers fan! So who did Hugo pick?! WATCH: CLICK HERE to learn more about the dogs available for adoption at the Wisconsin Humane Society!

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    Six people displaced after fire breaks out at home near 35th and Meinecke

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Milwaukee firefighters on Thursday evening, November 20th responded to a house fire at a 1.5-story bungalow in the 2400 block of N. 35th Street. Fire officials say the fire started on the rear porch, and spread into the walls. No one was injured. Six people who lived in the home were displaced, and the American Red Cross is assisting them. Fire officials are investigating what caused the fire.

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    A very sweet surprise! Wife flies across the country to greet husband, home from Afghanistan

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