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!


Recent Articles
  • Officer, 2 bank employees, attorney killed in string of shootings near Wausau; suspect in custody

    WESTON — Officials with the Wisconsin Department of Justice said Thursday, March 23rd a 45-year-old Weston man is in police custody at the hospital after a series of shooting incidents Wednesday near Wausau. A police officer and three others — two bank employees and an attorney were killed. DOJ officials said in a statement the shootings were motivated by a domestic incident involving the suspect’s wife, who wasn’t hurt. The suspect’s name has not been released at this point. DOJ officials […]

  • Sources: 5 in custody, arrested just HOURS after city housing inspector gunned down on the job

    MILWAUKEE — Sources close to the investigation tell FOX6 News five suspects are in custody for questioning in connection with the murder of a Milwaukee housing inspector near 23rd and Cherry Wednesday, March 23rd. 64-year-old Greg “Ziggy” Zyszkiewicz, a City of Milwaukee Department of Neighborhood Services “Special Enforcement Agent” was gunned down on the job in broad daylight, and he may have been the target of a carjacking, sources say. At least two of the suspects were out on bail/bond at the time. […]

  • Gov. Walker orders flags at half-staff for Greg “Ziggy” Zyszkiewicz

    MILWAUKEE — Governor Scott Walker issued the following statement Thursday, March 23rd on the tragic death of Greg “Ziggy” Zyszkiewicz and ordered the flags of the United States and State of Wisconsin to half-staff as a mark of respect. “Tonette and I were deeply saddened to learn that Greg “Ziggy” Zyszkiewicz was shot and killed while carrying out his duties in Milwaukee. On behalf of the State of Wisconsin, I am lowering the flags to half-staff as a mark of respect for Mr. […]

  • “Sweet day for Kenosha Co.:” HARIBO to build 1st North American manufacturing facility in Pleasant Prairie

    MADISON — A whole bunch of gummy bears are coming to Kenosha County. Governor Scott Walker on Thursday, March 23rd announced HARIBO Gummy Candy, a German-based confectionary company and maker of the popular “GoldBear” gummy candies is set to build a manufacturing facility to Pleasant Prairie, bringing 400 jobs. It’ll be the company’s FIRST North American manufacturing facility. Haribo is one of the largest candy companies in the world. Walker said the facility will cost $242 million. “On behalf of the state, I […]

  • “He was a great man; the best man:” Wife, children speak out after housing inspector murdered

    MILWAUKEE — Greg “Ziggy” Zyszkiewicz’s wife and three children are turning to each other for support as they grieve the tragic loss of their husband and father. 64-year-old Zyszkiewicz, a City of Milwaukee housing inspector, was murdered while on the job, in broad daylight on Wednesday, March 22nd near 23rd and Cherry. Zyszkiewicz was a DNS employee for 33 years. He was found shot to death in his vehicle near 23rd and Cherry around 2:00 p.m. Wednesday. He was in the area at […]

  • Parents charged: 8-WEEK-old infant abandoned in parking lot; rescued by stranger

    KATY, Texas — Parents accused of leaving their eight-week-old baby boy in a car seat on the ground in a parking lot appeared in court Thursday morning. The infant was rescued by a stranger. “He said ‘I found this baby, and I don’t know where the parents are.’ I was crying because I couldn’t believe it was happening,” Dee Griffin-Stevens said. Griffin-Stevens held the baby boy tight, and kept him warm until first responders arrived. “I’m holding him and I’m thinking […]

  • Brett Favre to TMZ: “I could still make throws. If they promise they won’t hit me, I’ll play”

    GREEN BAY — Green Bay Packers legend Brett Favre told TMZ Thursday, March 23rd he knows he “still has the arm” to compete in the National Football League, but he “doesn’t want to get hit anymore.” “I could still make throws. If they promise they won’t hit me, I’ll play,” Favre told TMZ Sports, saying he’s flattered by Atlanta Falcons CB Robert Alford’s remarks that Favre could make a comeback after their workout in Louisiana this week. According to TMZ, Favre went […]

  • Probation for alleged accomplice in violent attack: Woman tied up, tortured, injected with heroin

    MILWAUKEE — A woman prosecutors say helped a man break into his girlfriend’s home before helping to tie up and torture her has reached a plea deal in the case against her, and the main actor in this case is set for sentencing. Both were wanted by U.S. Marshals as part of Wisconsin’s Most Wanted. 19-year-old Ariella Webb on March 15th pleaded guilty to one count of false imprisonment, as party to a crime. Two other charges were dismissed as […]

  • Acquitted of murder: Milwaukee man found NOT guilty in April 2015 shooting of Trevon Harris

    MILWAUKEE — A 23-year-old Milwaukee man on Thursday, March 23rd was acquitted of murder in a case involving the death of Trevon Harris in April 2015. One count of first degree reckless homicide was filed against David Harris in connection with the shooting that happened on April 23rd, 2015 at Teutonia and Capitol Drive. A jury trial began on March 20th, and on Thursday, the jury delivered their verdict, finding Harris NOT guilty in this case. A criminal complaint filed against […]

  • “Father Bob,” long-time priest accused of sexually assaulting girl at Wauwatosa school pleads not guilty

    WAUWATOSA — A long-time priest, accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting an elementary school aged girl in Wauwatosa has pleaded not guilty. 75-year-old Robert Marsicek, charged with three counts of first-degree child sexual assault – contact with a child under age 13 was in court Thursday, March 23rd for his arraignment. He is charged in connection with events that allegedly took place at St. Pius X Grade School in Wauwatosa. The alleged molestation took place from 2007 through 2010. In December […]

  • “Messed up:” Housing inspector with 33 years experience shot, killed near 23rd and Cherry

    MILWAUKEE — A 64-year-old City of Milwaukee Department of Neighborhood Services employee who has worked with the department for 33 years was shot and killed near 23rd and Cherry in broad daylight on Wednesday, March 22nd. “This is a very, very, very, very horrific event, and a very, very difficult time for (the victim’s) family. It is a difficult time for the City of Milwaukee. It’s the most difficult day I’ve had as mayor to go through this, and see what […]

  • “Buzz Cuts for Cancer:” Students at Shorewood High School raise money for MACC Fund

    SHOREWOOD — Students at Shorewood High School are raising money for a good cause. The students collected donations from friends, family members and business owners in exchange for them buzzing off their hair! The event was called “Buzz Cuts for Cancer.” Shorewood students have raised more than $300,000 for the MACC Fund since 1987.