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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
  • Watch: Cold front brings storms, heavy rain, leading to flooding in some areas

    MILWAUKEE — A cold front brought thunderstorms with heavy rain to southeast Wisconsin on Monday afternoon and evening, June 18. With the rain coming down fast and heavy, there was street flooding in many areas. The National Weather Service says you should never drive through floodwaters. Instead, it’s recommended that you turn around and get to higher ground. PHOTO GALLERY Near 35th and Capitol, one driver said she had to swim to safety Monday evening! Kenady Beamon said her vehicle […]

  • ‘Working in unity:” MPD, Northcott Neighborhood House officials reveal plans for Juneteenth Day

    MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee police and officials with the Northcott Neighborhood House came together Monday, June 18 to lay out the plans to keep Milwaukee’s Juneteenth celebration fun and safe. The annual Juneteenth Day parade and festival takes place Tuesday, June 19. Juneteenth commemorates the day the last of the slaves learned they had been freed after the Civil War in 1865. In Milwaukee, Juneteenth is celebrated with a street festival which includes a job fair. Organizers promoted the event as […]

  • West Bend man accused of sexual assault, threatening woman pleads not guilty

    WEST BEND — A 42-year-old West Bend man, facing multiple charges for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman at a cabin in the Town of East Troy was in court Monday, June 18 for his preliminary hearing and arraignment. As part of this investigation, when authorities showed up at Littel’s home, 400 animals, including snakes, mice and small reptiles were seized. As Jason Littel of West Bend appeared in court, probable cause was found for further proceedings, and Littel was bound […]

  • Lightning strike sparks fire at home in New Berlin; firefighter taken to hospital

    NEW BERLIN — Fire officials said a lightning strike is believed to have sparked a fire at a home on Grange Avenue in New Berlin Monday, June 18. One firefighter was taken to the hospital due to smoke inhalation and heat exhaustion. He was treated and released. The fire happened shortly before 4 p.m. at the home near Moorland Road. Police said the fire was contained to the upper portion of the two-story residence. Everyone inside was able to get […]

  • Health officials: Confirmed case of salmonella linked to Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal in WI

    MILWAUKEE — There is one confirmed case of “salmonella mbandaka” in Wisconsin linked to Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal, officials with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services said Monday, June 18. DHS officials and Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) and local health departments are working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to investigate the multi-state outbreak of salmonella mbandaka infections linked to the cereal. To date, there have been a total of […]

  • ‘We’re thrilled:’ Professional Bull Riders bring ‘Toughest Sport on Dirt’ to new Bucks’ arena in October

    MILWAUKEE –The Professional Bull Riders will bring “The Toughest Sport on Dirt” to the new Milwaukee Bucks’ arena in downtown Milwaukee in October. Shows will take place at the Wisconsin Entertainment and Sports Center on Saturday, Oct. 6 and Sunday, Oct. 7, for the 25th PBR: Unleash The Beast, Milwaukee Invitational. Tickets  start at $15 and are on sale now. They can be purchased here or by calling 800-732-1727. “We’re thrilled to have one of the toughest and most action-packed […]

  • City leaders kick off MKE Plays initiative, aimed at rebuilding rundown playgrounds

    MILWAUKEE — City leaders on Monday, June 18 kicked off the “MKE Plays” program at City Hall. The initiative is meant to help Milwaukee residents create parks that are reflections of the neighborhoods where they’re built. So far, nearly $1.7 million in donations has been raised to help rebuild rundown playgrounds across the city. By the end of the year, the third for MKE Plays, more than 13 playgrounds will have been transformed as part of this program.

  • From deep-fried turducken to s’mores beer float: Your 2018 State Fair ‘Sporkies’ finalists revealed

    WEST ALLIS — Officials with the Wisconsin State Fair on Monday, June 18 revealed the list of items that will be a part of this year’s “Sporkies” competition at the Wisconsin State Fair. According to a news release from fair officials, vendors will compete for one of four Golden Spork trophies as part of the sixth annual competition. Eight finalists have been selected from 31 entries, and a panel of local celebrity judges — with some help from fairgoers — […]

  • No injuries after fire at home near 82nd and Mill

    MILWAUKEE — There were no injuries after a fire at a home near 82nd and Mill. It happened shortly before 5 p.m. Firefighters were able to bring the fire under control. It impacted a one-story, wood-framed ranch-style home. The cause of the fire is under investigation. PHOTO GALLERY

  • FDA: Pre-cut melon linked to salmonella outbreak sold at Costco stores in Wisconsin

    MENOMONEE FALLS — Officials with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection and Wisconsin Department of Health Services on Monday, June 18 issued a news release — indicating pre-cut melon linked to a multi-state salmonella outbreak was distributed at stores in eight Wisconsin cities. At this time, officials said no cases of salmonella linked to the pre-cut melon have been identified in Wisconsin residents, but the recalled products were sold at Costco stores in these cities: Bellevue (Green Bay) […]

  • Milwaukee man faces OWI charges after rollover crash on I-94 that injured 3 children in his vehicle

    RACINE COUNTY — A Milwaukee man is facing charges in connection with a crash that happened on I-94 on Sunday evening, June 17. He is accused of driving under the influence, with unrestrained children in his vehicle. It happened just after 6 p.m. near Mile Marker 328.6, and involved two vehicles. Both rolled off the interstate and came to rest near the East Frontage Road. According to Racine County sheriff’s officials, a preliminary investigation revealed a blue Hyundai sedan struck […]

  • 2 dozen Wisconsin National Guard members head to Arizona to assist in securing border

    ARIZONA — Approximately two dozen Wisconsin National Guard members are headed to the southwest border to assist the Arizona National Guard and U.S. Customs and Border Patrol. According to a news release from Wisconsin National Guard officials, Arizona officials requested the state’s support in securing its border with Mexico, and Wisconsin troops will work with the Arizona National Guard as it supports the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol. The release states in April, President Donald Trump directed the Department of […]