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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    GREEN BAY — One of the best of the Packers backers passed away this week. 84-year-old Packers Fan Hall of Famer Richard “Ike” Eisenhauer passed away at home on Monday, September 18th. The Marine Corps. veteran was a Packers fan his entire life. He told FOX6 News his first game was at State Fair Park nearly 70 years ago. Many recognized his binoculars — a pair he took to 50 years worth of Packers games. He even met his wife […]

  • Charges filed: Taser used on Madison man, ending 9-mile pursuit; 2 deputies hurt

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  • “Totally disgusted:” Kenosha shelter cares for kitten apparently doused with chemicals, left to die

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  • Federal trial begins Monday for Joseph Jakubowski; fugitive for 10 days, accused of stealing guns

    MADISON — The federal trial begins Monday, September 25th for Joseph Jakubowski after a 10-day manhunt in April, after he allegedly stole 18 guns and mailed a manifesto to President Donald Trump. Jakubowski appeared in federal court Wednesday afternoon, September 20th to prepare for trial. He’s charged with stealing firearms and silencers and being a felon in possession of firearms. Jakubowski has pleaded not guilty to the charges alleging he stole 18 firearms and two silencers from Armageddon Supplies in Janesville on […]

  • Man accused of carjacking 68-year-old woman in Pick ‘n Save parking lot; leading police on pursuit

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  • Prosecutors: Man comes foward after fatal hit-and-run; he said he “thought he hit a deer”

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  • “Never thought I’d be in a hurricane:” South Milwaukee couple stuck in Puerto Rico as Maria approaches

    PUERTO RICO — Puerto Rico, where more than 45,000 homes and businesses are still without power after Hurricane Irma, braced Tuesday night, September 19th for an even more powerful blow as Maria headed directly for the US territory. Many of its 3.4 million residents live on the eastern half of the island, which forecasters worry will endure the brunt of the most powerful hurricane ever to hit Puerto Rico. A South Milwaukee couple is stuck in Puerto Rico — directly […]

  • Zoning board gives initial go-ahead to turn former MPS school into Extended Stay hotel

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  • Official White House Christmas tree will head to Washington, D.C. from Wisconsin! 🎄

    SHAWANO COUNTY — The official White House Christmas tree is coming from Wisconsin! According to WLUK, Jim, Diane and David Chapman, owners of Silent Night Evergreens in Endeavor, Wisconsin were crowned the winners of the National Christmas Tree Contest. Therefore, they’ll be working with Hanauer’s Christmas Tree Farms in Shawano to provide the tree. The tree will be selected Monday, September 25th, and it’ll eventually be displayed in the Blue Room of the White House. Officials say since White House […]

  • Suspect in custody following “active shooter” incident at Bayshore Town Center

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  • Child neglect charges filed against school bus driver after 3 kids left home alone

    MILWAUKEE — Child neglect charges have been filed against a mother after three children, ages six, one and five months were found alone in a home in Milwaukee. According to the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were serving papers at a home when they found the children had been left alone. The baby was in a crib, and the other two were sleeping on a couch. The 29-year-old mother returned home from work as a school bus driver and said a man […]

  • “So much pain and suffering:” Investigation underway after dog found with burns all over her body

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