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 — Milwaukee police pledge to write more traffic citations this Memorial Day weekend. It’s an effort to not only curb crime but also save lives. Milwaukee Police Chief Flynn said in a news conference the holiday weekend is when the Milwaukee Police Department (MPD) historically kicks off its traffic violation initiatives. “It is our hope and expectation that enhanced enforcement will reduce the amount of driving behavior that’s resulting in crashes, deaths and injuries,” Chief Flynn said. Flynn announced extra […]

  • Doe delivers fawn “a little early” on the side of the roadway after crash near Waupun

    WAUPUN — Officials with the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday, May 25th shared photos on social media after a bittersweet incident near Waupun. According to sheriff’s officials, a deputy was dispatched to the scene of a crash Thursday on Highway 49, north of Waupun. Upon arrival, the deputy found something precious — a fawn lying next to her mother, who had unfortunately died from injuries suffered in the crash. The fawn was delivered during the impact — […]

  • Homing pigeon busted with pouch filled with nearly 200 ecstasy pills!

    KUWAIT — A homing pigeon in Kuwait found itself on the wrong side of the law! Police there busted the bird with nearly 200 ecstasy pills! Kuwaiti Customs seized a pouch full of ecstasy wrapped around the pigeon. The agency tracked the little guy as he flew in from Iraq and caught him above a building near Customs. There’s no word as to whether the pigeon will face any charges.

  • Police: Man dies after Tasers deployed on him at West Milwaukee apartment building

    WEST MILWAUKEE — An investigation is underway after a man stopped breathing and died as he was being monitored by police after Tasers were deployed on him early Thursday morning, May 25th in West Milwaukee. West Allis and West Milwaukee police said in a joint statement around 5:00 a.m., a report came in regarding a suspicious male in a building near 54th and Greenfield. Initial dispatch reports indicated the man was naked, speaking incoherently and flooding his apartment. West Milwaukee […]

  • 5 hurt during fight at Webster Middle School; 3 arrested

    MILWAUKEE — Five people were hurt during a fight between several students at Webster Middle School near 53rd and Green Tree, officials with the Milwaukee Fire Department said. An adult and two students who were injured were treated at the scene. Two others were taken to the hospital for treatment of “very minor injuries,” according to MFD. Police said it happened around 12:30. According to police, during the fight, additional students became involved and struck several staff members. A student was cut during […]

  • After fight at school, rumors on social media, Oak Creek H.S. principal sends letter to parents

    OAK CREEK — The principal of Oak Creek High School on Thursday, May 25th issued a letter to parents after a fight Monday, May 22nd in the school’s cafeteria that apparently spilled into the Pick ‘n Save parking lot across the street. The principal’s letter says three students were arrested for disorderly conduct. He noted that these students were not involved in physical contact. Those involved in the physical altercation on school grounds were suspended from school for multiple days, […]

  • Probation for third of 3 women caught on camera stealing from residents at assisted living facility

    OZAUKEE COUNTY — The third of three women, former employees of the McKinley Place senior living community in Cedarburg — accused of stealing from residents at the facility, has been sentenced. 60-year-old Joan Walton Wentz in March pleaded “no contest” to a charge of theft – movable property – special facts. Two other theft charges were dismissed but read into the court record. In court on Wednesday, May 17th, she was sentenced to serve two years and six months in […]

  • 3 years probation for pregnant mother who overdosed on heroin with kids in her car

    MILWAUKEE — A pregnant mother who overdosed on heroin while in the car with two young children learned her fate Thursday, May 25th. 37-year-old Natalie Reszczynski in April pleaded guilty to two counts of neglecting a child — misdemeanor charges. In court on Thursday, Reszczynski was sentenced to serve three years probation. She’s been ordered to take parenting classes and maintain absolute sobriety. Good Samaritans on January 17th called 911 when they spotted Reszczynski experiencing symptoms of a heroin overdose at […]

  • 6 sex offenders sue City of Milwaukee over 2,000-foot sex offender residency ordinance

    MILWAUKEE — The City of Milwaukee is the focus of a federal lawsuit, with six sex offenders suing the city. They’re suing over the 2,000-foot buffer zone around schools, parks, playgrounds, day cares and other places children can be found. Milwaukee’s sex offender ordinance says they cannot live in those areas. For a year, FOX6 News has been spotlighting concerns about the 2,000-foot ban. There are only a few dozen addresses in Milwaukee where sex offenders can live, and most […]

  • Second of 2 suspects convicted after fatal shooting during drug deal near Bugline Trail

    MENOMONEE FALLS — The second of two men charged in connection with a shooting that happened near the Bugline Trail in Sussex following an alleged drug deal in May of 2016 has been convicted. 23-year-old London White on Thursday, May 25th, the fourth day of his jury trial, was found guilty by the court of two charges: First degree intentional homicide, use of a dangerous weapon, and one count of possession of THC with intent to sell, as party to a […]

  • On National Missing Children’s Day, AG Brad Schimel unveils new AMBER Alert website

    MADISON — On Thursday, May 25th, National Missing Children’s Day, Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel unveiled a new AMBER Alert website. “On National Missing Children’s Day, we renew our commitment to finding the missing and exploited in our state,” said Attorney General Schimel during a “Missing Persons Remembrance Ceremony” at the Capitol. “Whether there is an abducted child, a grandparent who is confused and walked away from their home, or an exploited victim of human trafficking, Wisconsin DOJ will be […]

  • Grand reopening: Mars Cheese Castle celebrates expansion, 70 years in business

    KENOSHA — Mars Cheese Castle is celebrating a grand reopening, and 70 years in business this Memorial Day weekend. Thursday, May 25th marked day one of the grand reopening celebration. Officials at Mars Cheese Castle are celebrating the completion of a major expansion. According to a news release, construction on the 24,000 square foot (now over 46,000 square foot) expansion began in September of 2016. New features include: Brand new cheese and deli department space with charcuterie section. Brand new guest […]