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
  • Man accused of threatening to shoot Greyhound passengers held without bond ahead of extradition hearing

    WAUKEGAN, Ill. — A man facing terror charges for threatening to shoot passengers on a Greyhound bus as it left Milwaukee was denied bond and may return to southeast Wisconsin later this week, a judge ruled on Sunday, January 14th. Authorities arrested Margarito Vargas-Rosas, 33, aboard the Greyhound bus late Friday night and said he was in the United States illegally. The arrest happened after a police chase down Interstate 94 that began when passengers made 911 calls to report a man […]

  • Family of young father killed near 41st and Hadley speaks out: “Nobody should be going through this”

    MILWAUKEE — The family of a Milwaukee homicide victim gathered to remember him Sunday, Jan. 14. Roland Cumberlander Jr., 31, was shot and killed near 41st and Hadley Thursday, Jan. 11. Police are still working to determine what led up to the shooting, and identify who was behind it. His family spoke out — saying the violence needs to stop. “There was three shootings Thursday night. All of this needs to stop. Nobody should be going through this. He was […]

  • Milwaukee Wave 12-2 on the season after loss to Monterrey Flash in Mexico

    MONTERREY, Mexico — The Milwaukee Wave lost to the Monterrey Flash Sunday night, Jan. 14 in Monterrey, Mexico. This leaves the Wave 0-2 for the weekend, but 12-2 for the 2017-2018 season thus far. “We treated tonight’s game like a playoff game even though it got away from us near the end,” said Head Coach Giuliano Oliviero in a news release. “At the end of the day, it was a great experience as long as we take away some learning aspects […]

  • Milwaukee Admirals’ 4-game winning streak snapped by San Antonio Rampage

    SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Goalie Ville Husso stopped 29 shots to lead the San Antonio Rampage past the Admirals 3-1 Sunday, Jan. 14 at the AT&T Center. The loss snapped Milwaukee’s four-game winning streak. It also snapped Milwaukee’s nine-game winning streak against San Antonio dating back to Mar. 25, 2015. The nine-game winning streak against San Antonio was the longest in Admirals AHL history against one team. It was Milwaukee’s first loss in regulation to the Rampage since Oct. 20, […]

  • 5 displaced by fire in home near 23rd and Locust

    MILWAUKEE — Five people were displaced by a fire on Milwaukee’s north side. It happened around 6:40 a.m. near 23rd and Locust. Officials with the Milwaukee Fire Department said it started on the second floor of a home in the area, and then spread to the attic. PHOTO GALLERY Two adults and three children were in the home at the time. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

  • TMZ shares first photo taken in public of Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, NASCAR driver Danica Patrick

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — TMZ is sharing “the first photo taken in public” of Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, and NASCAR driver Danica Patrick, amid rumors the two are dating. According to TMZ, Rodgers and Patrick were spotted grabbing a bite to eat Saturday night, Jan. 13 at The Mission Mexican restaurant in Scottsdale, Arizona. Witnesses told TMZ the two sat next to each other, but there was no PDA. Additionally, TMZ was told other patrons recognized them, but left them […]

  • 19-year-old man dies at hospital after shooting in New Holstein

    NEW HOLSTEIN — A 19-year-old man died at the hospital after a shooting in New Holstein Saturday night, Jan. 13. It happened around 11:45 p.m. Officials with the Calumet County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call regarding the shooting on County Highway Q in New Holstein. The victim was taken to the hospital via Flight for Life — where he died. Calumet County sheriff’s officials were interviewing “several” witnesses Sunday. They said the community is not in any danger. The […]

  • 21 years in prison for Milwaukee’s ‘Pimpin’ Paul’ Carter for sex trafficking, forced labor convictions

    WASHINGTON – He’s known as “Pimpin’ Paul” — abusing and sexually exploiting women. Paul Carter, 47, was sentenced to 21 years in prison, reduced by three years for time served, after pleading guilty on Oct. 6, 2017, to four counts of sex trafficking by force, fraud, or coercion and one count of conspiracy to commit forced labor and sex trafficking. Federal investigators say Carter preyed on Milwaukee women, often picking them up off the streets and forcing them into prostitution. According […]

  • 18th Midwinter Gaming Convention takes over Hilton Milwaukee City Center this weekend

    MILWAUKEE — The 18th Midwinter Gaming Convention kicked off Thursday, Jan. 11 with gaming officially beginning at 2 p.m. at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center. Hundreds of people from around the world are expected to visit Milwaukee for this event, which even features a board game room where guests can try out new games. The popular convention has grown from a single-night event to a weekend ordeal: Thursday 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. (Gaming will officially begin at 2 pm) […]

  • Not guilty due to mental disease: Man ordered committed for 31+ years after attack on 13-year-old neighbor

    RICHFIELD — A man accused in connection with a brutal attack on his 13-year-old neighbor in Richfield in August has been ordered committed. Brian Olson, 47, on Jan. 11 pleaded no contest, and was found guilty but not guilty due to mental disease/defect on two counts — mayhem, use of a dangerous weapon and failing to comply with an officer taking a person into custody. He was then ordered committed for 31 1/2 years. He was remanded into jail pending […]

  • No children on board Dairyland school bus involved in crash with semi in downtown Milwaukee

    MILWAUKEE — There were no children on board a Dairyland school bus involved in a crash with a semi near 6th and Wells in downtown Milwaukee Thursday evening, Jan. 11. It happened around 5 p.m. We’re told one driver complained of minor pain, but there were no other injuries. 6th St. is closed north to Wisconsin as police investigate.

  • “People were crying:” Sam’s Club stores across the nation close abruptly; sign posted at West Allis location

    WEST ALLIS — Sam’s Club officials announced on Twitter Thursday, Jan. 11 they’ve “decided to close a series of clubs and better align our locations with our strategy.” Walmart confirmed Thursday that it is closing dozens of Sam’s Club warehouse stores — a move that a union-backed group estimated could cost thousands of jobs — on the same day the company announced that it was boosting its starting salary for U.S. workers and handing out bonuses. The world’s largest private […]