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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!

Recent Articles
  • Ground broken: Warner Grand Theater being transformed into ‘Milwaukee Symphony Center’

    MILWAUKEE — Members of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra swapped their instruments for shovels on Thursday, June 21. Ground was broken on a new venue — with the Warner Grand Theater on 2nd and Wisconsin being transformed into the Milwaukee Symphony Center. Officials said the theater emerged as the most ideal venue for the MSO because of its size, location, acoustics and rich history. The goal is to open in 2020. CLICK HERE to learn more about the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.

  • FPC audit of Sterling Brown arrest delayed because there could be more discipline against officers

    MILWAUKEE — Officials with the City of Milwaukee’s Fire and Police Commission said Thursday, June 21 there could be additional discipline of Milwaukee police officers in connection with the January arrest of Milwaukee Bucks’ guard Sterling Brown, and for that reason, an audit of the case requested by the FPC has been postponed. This, after a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday, June 19 brought to light social media posts made by an officer involved in the arrest who was not one […]

  • On 1st day of summer, MFD kicks off ‘Warm Up Winter’ campaign to buy coats for kids

    MILWAUKEE — On Thursday, June 21, the first day of summer, Milwaukee firefighters had winter on the mind. MFD officials kicked off their 2018 “Warm Up Winter” campaign — asking people to help fill the boot. The money will be used to purchase brand new winter coats for children in need. “This is our big fundraiser for the year — to get the money for the coats for these kids, so it’s a good thing for the kids of the […]

  • 3 years in prison for former UW student in string of sexual assaults involving 11 victims

    MADISON — A former UW-Madison student was sentenced to three years in prison and five years of extended supervision on sexual assault charges, according to FOX6’s sister station WMTV. Alec Cook was also sentenced Thursday, June 21 to three years of probation for strangulation and suffocation, and stalking charges which will be consecutive with the first three counts. Cook pleaded guilty in February to five felonies — three counts of third degree sexual assault, strangulation and suffocation and stalking charges. […]

  • Funeral Saturday for Army paratrooper, DJ from Milwaukee found dead in barracks in Italy

    MILWAUKEE — Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 23 in Milwaukee for an Army paratrooper found dead in his barracks in Italy on June 1. A visitation will be held for Staff Sergeant Krasean Clayborn from noon until 1 p.m. at Cross Lutheran Church near 16th and Vine. Clayborn will be buried at Wisconsin Memorial Park. A repast will be held at the Dr. Martin Luther King Community Center near 17th and Vliet. There were no signs of foul play when […]

  • Repeat offenders: Deputies arrest driver allegedly drinking Corona, motorcycle operator

    MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee County sheriff’s deputies arrested two alleged repeat drunk drivers in less than 12 hours, and noted in a news release there have been 98 repeat offenders arrested year-to-date. The first arrest took place around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 20, when deputies responded to a call about a driver deviating from lanes on -94 eastbound near State Fair Park — while drinking a Corona. A deputy stopped the vehicle at 60th and Pierce after it exited the freeway […]

  • Competency exam ordered for Racine man accused of beating 10-month-old puppy with pipe

    RACINE — A competency examination has been ordered for a man facing charges in connection with the alleged beating of a dog now under the care of the Wisconsin Humane Society. WHS officials said in an update Thursday, June 21 Rocky will be up for adoption Friday! Terrence Howard, 43, of Racine, faces one count of mistreatment of animals/causing death. He was in court on Thursday, where he waived his preliminary hearing. A competency hearing was scheduled for July 17. […]

  • Not guilty plea from man accused in crash that killed retired MPS art teacher in Wauwatosa

    WAUWATOSA — A Milwaukee man charged in connection with a crash that killed an 85-year-old retired Milwaukee Public Schools’ teacher and artist at 82nd and North in Wauwatosa on June 1 has pleaded not guilty. Marcedes Craigs, 23, was in court Thursday, June 21 for his preliminary hearing, during which Wauwatosa police testified, and a motion to dismiss the case by the defense was denied. Probable cause was found for further proceedings, and Craigs was bound over for trial. He […]

  • Police: 16-year-old girl suffers stab wounds during family fight near 42nd and Fond du Lac

    MILWAUKEE — An arrest was made in connection with an incident in which a teenager suffered stab wounds in Milwaukee. It happened shortly before 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 20 near 42nd and Fond du Lac. Police were called out to investigate a domestic violence related battery incident between two individuals when a 16-year-old girl, a family member of the suspects, attempted to intervene and was cut in the chest. She had to have stitches after suffering the injury not believed […]

  • Jonathan Pogreba retains attorney, initial appearance scheduled for Thursday

    WAUKESHA COUNTY — The Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department was notified on Wednesday, June 20 that Jonathan Pogreba has retained an attorney — and that attorney has scheduled an initial appearance on Thursday afternoon, June 21. According to the attorney, Pogreba is expected to be in court. FOX6 News asked Pogreba’s attorney Donna Kuchler on Wednesday whether Pogreba is in the Waukesha County area. She declined to comment. The initial court appearance is scheduled for 1:15 p.m. Thursday. Kuchler said she expects […]

  • Police investigating after unloaded revolver found in cart at Muskego Walmart

    MUSKEGO — Police are investigating after a gun was found in a Walmart shopping cart in Muskego. The unloaded revolver was found Tuesday, June 12 in an empty cart in the foyer area at the store. A man notified police and turned it in, and investigators are trying to track down its owner using surveillance video. Police believe the gun was mistakenly left in the cart. Anyone with information about the owner is asked to contact police.

  • Common Council bans e-cigarettes on city property, in public spaces where smoking’s banned

    MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Common Council on Wednesday, June 20 voted unanimously to ban e-cigarettes on city property and in public spaces where smoking is prohibited under state law. According to a news release, this legislation is the latest in a three-prong effort to increase public health related to tobacco use. The first item increases fines for those who sell tobacco to minors. It also increases the fine for retailers selling single cigarettes, known as “loosies” to $691. The fine for […]