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
  • West Allis man faces disorderly conduct charge, accused of pulling shotgun on roofers

    WEST ALLIS — A man accused of pulling a gun on roofing contractors in West Allis is now facing charges. 53-year-old Gary De Jong of West Allis faces one count of disorderly conduct, use of a dangerous weapon. According to a criminal complaint, on July 10th, police responded to the area near 94th and Lapham for a complaint of a subject with a gun. They spoke with a man who indicated he was with a roofing crew, working on a […]

  • Police: 32-year-old shot multiple times inside school gym in Milwaukee during basketball game

    MILWAUKEE — A 32-year-old was shot multiple times inside a school gymnasium in Milwaukee Wednesday night, July 19th — during a basketball game. It happened shortly before 9:00 p.m. at Hickman Academy Preparatory School near 51st and Hope. Police say the shooting happened after a fight erupted during a Rec League basketball game. The suspect retrieved a handgun and shot the victim multiple times. An officer was on scene very quickly and applied a tourniquet while awaiting medical personnel. The […]

  • Police: 1 arrested after weapon found in vehicle near MLK and Keefe

    MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee police on Wednesday, July 19th arrested one man after finding a weapon in a vehicle that crashed. It happened near MLK and Keefe Wednesday afternoon. We’re told other suspects fled on foot. The investigation is ongoing.

  • 75+ mph, no license, no seat belt: Medical examiner IDs man killed when car slammed into tree, split in half

    MILWAUKEE — Officials with the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office on Tuesday, July 18th identified a 19-year-old man killed in a crash Monday near Fond du Lac and Roosevelt. His vehicle struck a curb and then a tree, and was split in two. Police said speed was a factor in this crash, which happened around 4:00 p.m. Daryl Brown was the sole occupant of the vehicle. He was partially ejected when his vehicle slammed into the tree, and pronounced dead […]

  • “We gotta help:” Bella Vita Banquet in Burlington sets fundraiser to benefit flood victims

    BURLINGTON — After severe flooding in Kenosha, Racine and Walworth Counties, the owner of a business that had been planning to help a pair of high school students get to the Junior Olympics needs some help himself. Water damage at Luisa’s Pizza in Salem caused them to throw out thousands of dollars worth of food and supplies.   The restaurant will likely be closed for awhile, and a fundraiser for the student-athletes has been canceled. The students have since been […]

  • Prosecutors: 2-year-old survives after mother allegedly locked toddler in vehicle for more than 8 hours

    GREENSBORO, North Carolina — Prosecutors say a North Carolina mother left her child locked in a car for more than eight hours. According to WGHP, a press release from Guilford County sheriff’s officials indicates they received a report of child endangerment on Sharon Donna Drive near Youngs Mill Road in Greensboro, North Carolina. An investigation revealed Dimanche Kome allegedly left her two-year-old child strapped in a car seat in a locked vehicle — unattended from 11:00 p.m. on July 17th […]

  • Police seek 28-year-old woman, missing after fight with ex on Fourth of July

    MILWAUKEE — The search is on for a missing Milwaukee woman who disappeared on the Fourth of July. The family of 28-year-old Audrey Scott says she was at McGillycuddy’s on July 4th when she got into a fight with her ex-boyfriend, and left. Police say witnesses last saw Scott in the area of 92nd and Sheridan on July 14th. Family says that is an unconfirmed sighting and the only last solid time someone has heard from her was on July 4th. […]

  • Police: 4 shot, wounded near 39th and Burleigh, including kids ages 9, 5

    MILWAUKEE — Four people were shot and wounded, including two children, near 39th and Burleigh Tuesday evening, July 18th. It happened around 6:30 p.m. PHOTO GALLERY Police said a 40-year-old man, a 20-year-old man, a nine-year-old girl and a five-year-old girl were taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries not believed to be life-threatening. MPD is working to sort out the circumstances and develop suspects. Monitor FOX6 News and for updates.

  • “It’s awful:” 14-year-old boy drowns at Atwater Park Beach in Shorewood

    SHOREWOOD — A 14-year-old boy drowned in Lake Michigan after jumping into the water from the breakwall Tuesday evening, July 18th. It happened around 6:00 p.m. Officials with the North Shore Fire Department said crews were dispatched when a 911 call came in indicating the boy had not resurfaced after jumping in. North Shore Fire personnel donned water-rescue suits and two members were deployed into the lake from the area the victim was last seen to initiate a search. Shortly […]

  • Wauwatosa police issue warning after 4 armed carjackings in 4 days

    WAUWATOSA — Wauwatosa police are issuing  warning after a recent rash of carjackings — four in four days! They happened along W. North Avenue, generally in the area near Tosa Liquor. Police said in each incident, the suspects were described as two black males and a black female. The incidents remain under investigation. Wauwatosa police shared details about the four carjackings taking place between Friday, July 14th through Monday, July 18th with officials with Historic East Tosa, and they shared […]

  • “He died under their watch:” Family demands answers after inmate found unresponsive at Illinois correctional center

    *WARNING: This story contains graphic content that may be disturbing to some. Viewer discretion is advised.* CHICAGO — The family of an inmate who died after he was found unresponsive at the Menard Correctional Center in Menard, Illinois is speaking out and claims the 27-year-old was murdered. According to WGN, Michael Jefferson was serving time for a gun charge. His mother, Janel Charles, said he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder as a child. On  July 11th, Charles received a call from […]

  • Hog wild! Pigs everywhere after semi crashed in Watertown, spilling 83 of the animals

    WATERTOWN — Several dozen pigs were loose in Watertown Tuesday, July 18th after a semi crash. The semi tipped, taking out a power line, and spilling the pigs — 83 of them! A dozen of the pigs died as a result of the crash. It happened Tuesday morning on County Highway A in Jefferson County. The below photos were shared with FOX6 News by John Turner, a viewer who lives nearby. You can see, pigs were everywhere! PHOTO GALLERY We’re […]