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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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    One day after attempted sexual assault, attempted strong armed robbery near UWM campus

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — UW-Milwaukee police say an attempted strong armed robbery occurred near campus on Monday, April 20th — and this crime occurred less than a block away from the scene of an attempted sexual assault that occurred early Sunday, April 19th. Monday’s incident happened just after 1:00 p.m. near E. Linnwood Avenue and N. Cramer Street. The victim, a UWM student, was parking her vehicle in the 1900 block of E. Linnwood Avenue when she was approached on foot […]

  • Milwaukee Police Department

    Police arrest teen boys, accused in armed robbery on Wells St., airsoft gun found at the scene

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Milwaukee police were able to quickly apprehend three teenagers accused in an armed robbery that occurred in the 100 block of W. Wells Street on Saturday, April 18th. It happened shortly after 11:00 p.m. At the scene, police spoke with two female victims who reported they were in a parking lot when three suspects approached them — one with a gun, and demanded their belongings. The suspects took one of the victim’s phones and her purse and […]

  • Milwaukee Police Department

    ShotSpotter alerts officers to shots fired, 44-year-old man arrested on several charges

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — A Milwaukee man was arrested on several charges after police say he admitted to shooting several gunshots into the air on the city’s north side. Officers from MPD’s District 5 were on patrol around 2:30 a.m. Sunday, April 19th when ShotSpotter notified them of shots fired in the 1000 block of W. Chambers Street. A block away, near N. 10th Lane and W. Burleigh Street, officers pulled over a vehicle for a traffic violation. Officers observed a […]

  • Milwaukee Police Department

    Busted: Police respond to report of garage break-in, find two suspects inside victim’s car

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Milwaukee police were able to quickly arrest two suspects accused of breaking into a garage on the city’s northwest side. Police were called out to the 3800 block of N. 60th Street (near 60th and Vienna) around 10:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 19th after a homeowner advised she saw unknown suspects inside her garage. The suspects pried open the garage door, police say, and when officers arrived, the 17-year-old man and 18-year-old man were inside the victim’s […]

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    “Garage,” offering clothing & accessories for young women coming to Mayfair Mall

    WAUWATOSA (WITI) — Mayfair Mall on Monday, April 20th announced the addition of Garage to its lineup of retailers. The new store is scheduled to open this summer and will be located on the upper level in the Boston Store wing. Garage is one of two brands owned by Groupe Dynamite Inc., a Montreal-based company with over 300 stores in Canada, the United States and abroad. Garage is known for its effortlessly stylish clothing and accessories. Expect the season’s hottest denim, the latest […]

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    Business Journal: Sen. Fitzgerald sets Wednesday meeting with key players on Bucks arena funding

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald is organizing a meeting in Madison with key players to discuss funding for a new downtown Milwaukee Bucks arena, the Milwaukee Business Journal reports. The  meeting is set for Wednesday, April 22nd. How the new arena would be paid for remains a big unanswered question. Two weeks ago, Bucks officials unveiled plans for a $500 million arena and $500 million sports and entertainment complex that would transform downtown Milwaukee. Governor Scott Walker’s […]

  • Marco Hilson (driver in 60th & Capitol crash)

    15-year-old Marco Hilson, teen gang member who caused five-vehicle crash at 60th & Capitol has died

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — 15-year-old Marco Hilson, the driver of a vehicle that was stolen during an armed robbery and eventually involved in a crash involving five vehicles near 60th and Capitol last Wednesday, April 15th has died. The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office says Hilson died on Saturday, April 18th just before midnight. He died as a result of multiple blunt force injuries, including a severe traumatic brain injury. Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn said during a news conference following […]

  • Walgreens officer-involved shooting

    Charged: Three men accused in armed robbery of Walgreens store that preceded officer-involved shooting

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Three men have been charged in connection with the armed robbery of a Walgreens store near Fond du Lac and Hampton that preceded an officer-involved shooting last Wednesday morning, April 15th. Those charged include: 20-year-old Anthony Poorman of Milwaukee 18-year-old Waymon Green of Milwaukee 21-year-old Severian Armstrong of Milwaukee These men each face a felony charge of armed robbery (threat of force) as party to a crime. The incident unfolded shortly before 10:00 a.m. Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn […]

  • Racine Police Department

    Attempted homicide: Called out for cutting incident, Racine police find two victims with serious injuries

    RACINE (WITI) — Racine police are looking for the suspect(s) responsible for an attempted homicide that occurred early Sunday, April 19th. Just after 6:00 a.m., police were called out to the 800 block of Jackson Street for a possible cutting incident. There, they found a male and a female suffering from serious injuries. They were taken to the hospital — where the female is being treated for potentially life-threatening injuries. The victims have been identified as 59-year-old Michael Cunningham and […]

  • Developing story

    Man arrested for reckless homicide after four-year-old child seriously injured at home passes away

    SHEBOYGAN (WITI) — Sheboygan County Sheriff’s officials are investigating a homicide case involving a four-year-old boy who passed away as a result of injuries suffered at his home on Friday, April 17th. The Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call regarding a four-year-old child who had been injured in a home-related accident in the 8500 block of County Highway W in the Town of Mitchell on Friday. The child was seriously injured — and taken to Children’s Hospital via Flight for […]

  • Governor Scott Walker

    State of Emergency: Governor Walker issues executive order due to drought, elevated wildfire risk

    MADISON (WITI) — Governor Scott Walker on Monday, April 20th issued Executive Order #157, which declares a State of Emergency in Wisconsin due to an increased likelihood of wildfires as a result of abnormally dry weather conditions throughout the state.  The risk of significant large fires is expected to extend at least through the end of May. “Much of our state is in a moderate drought at this time, and we’re not expecting that will improve very soon,” Governor Walker said.  […]

  • Wisconsin National Guard

    “We must act quickly:” Governor Walker authorizes National Guard to help deal with bird flu

    MADISON (WITI) — Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker on Monday, April 20th signed Executive Order #156, authorizing the Wisconsin National Guard to assist authorities in the response to the avian influenza virus affecting Jefferson, Juneau and Barron Counties. “We must act quickly and efficiently to contain the outbreak and protect domestic poultry,” Governor Walker said.  “It is important to note, however, there is no threat to humans with the avian flu outbreak.” According to the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection […]

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