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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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    MILWAUKEE — A search of the Milwaukee River resumed Sunday morning, August 2nd around 8:00 a.m. for a man who apparently jumped into the water from a tour boat. By Sunday night, the effort was being called a recovery mission. The U.S. Coast Guard launched a boat around 7:40 a.m., and one hour later, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources joined the search effort. The Milwaukee Police Department was also involved. Divers went into the water around 11:00 a.m. The […]

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    MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee police say two people were shot and injured during a fight involving multiple people on the street near the George Webb restaurant on N. Oakland Avenue. It happened around 3:30 a.m. on Sunday, August 2nd. Police say the victims are a 20-year-old man and a 19-year-old woman. They were taken to hospitals. The man is being treated for serious injuries. The woman’s injuries are non life-threatening. Police say the male victim is in custody for his role […]

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    TOWN OF DELAVAN — Town of Delavan police say a 49-year-old St. Charles, Illinois man was pronounced dead after officers were called out to a report of a possible drowning on Delavan Lake. It happened around 1:45 p.m. on Sunday, August 2nd. Police say the victim had jumped into the water without a floatation device on in order to retrieve some fishing equipment. After a few minutes, the victim began showing signs of distress, and the victim’s brother-in-law jumped into […]

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    DELAFIELD/WEST MILWAUKEE — Delafield police are looking for a missing 13-year-old girl. Police say Tia Maney was last seen around 2:30 a.m. on Friday, July 31st on Vista Park Court in the city of Delafield. On July 19th, police say a gray 2012 Ford Escape bearing Wisconsin license plates 524-RBT was reported stolen from Vista Park Court. On August 1st, Maney was reported as a juvenile runaway. Maney was reportedly seen in possession of keys to a Ford vehicle. Evidence […]

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    BROWN DEER — Brown Deer police are seeking the suspect responsible for an attempted armed robbery that occurred at the Walmart store near 63rd and West Brown Deer Road on Saturday evening, August 1st. Police say just after 7:15 p.m., officers responded to the Walmart parking lot for a report of an attempted armed robbery. They say a 47-year-old woman was approached by the suspect in the parking lot — with the suspect displaying a handgun and demanding the woman’s […]

  • Surveillance video shows attempted abduction of seven-year-old girl

    25-year-old Milwaukee man arrested in connection with attempted abduction of seven-year-old girl

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  • Shooting scene at 21st and Concordia

    Police: Six people injured in three separate shooting incidents occurring on Saturday evening

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    Sheriff’s Office: Eight people arrested during weekend Operation Drive Sober patrols

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  • I-94 EB closed at Highway 100 for crash

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