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
  • Jazz in the Park returns Thursdays in Cathedral Square Park beginning May 31!

    MILWAUKEE — Jazz in the Park will return to Cathedral Square Park for its 27th season Thursdays — May 31 through Aug. 30. The lineup was unveiled Monday, March 19. According to a news release from organizers, happy hour drink specials will be available from 5 to 6 p.m. before acts take the stage from 6 to 9 p.m. This year’s diverse music lineup will feature a mix of genres, including jazz, big band, funk, pop-meets soul, Americana, reggae, blues […]

  • Men arrested for 9th, 6th OWI offenses among 18 picked up over St. Patrick’s Day weekend

    MILWAUKEE — There were 18 arrests during St. Patrick’s Day weekend Operation Drive Sober patrols, according to the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office. That includes the arrest of five repeat offenders — one arrested for his 9th OWI offense. A deputy had to draw his weapon in order to take that man into custody, according to sheriff’s officials . Additionally, a man accused of his 6th OWI offense drove the wrong way on Good Hope Rd., and rammed a squad, sheriff’s […]

  • Maryvale magic: Watch as Milwaukee Brewers pay tribute to The Sandlot

    PHOENIX, Ariz. — To celebrate the 25th anniversary of The Sandlot, the Milwaukee Brewers hit the back fields of Maryvale Baseball Park to reenact their favorite scene. It’s video you just have to see! There's heroes and there's legends. Heroes get remembered but legends never die. — Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) March 19, 2018 Go Crew!

  • Garage fire spread to 3 homes in Cudahy; no one hurt

    CUDAHY — A fully-involved detached garage fire in Cudahy spread to three homes, causing minor damage to two of them Sunday, March 18. It happened around 1:10 p.m. near Adams and Hatley. Fire officials said the heavy smoke and flames impacted a home on the south side of the property, and firefighters were able to deploy a hose line in an effort to prevent that home from burning down. Officials said the homes and property surrounding the garage suffered only […]

  • ‘Pets are not luggage:’ Family, leaders, pets demand justice for Kokito at LaGuardia Airport

    EAST ELMHURST, Queens — Local leaders and pets participated in a “dog-in” Saturday, March 17 at LaGuardia Airport, demanding justice for the dog who died on a United Airlines flight on March 12. According to FOX6’s sister station PIX11, Kokito’s family was joined by Sen. Marisol Alcantara (D-N.Y.), the ASPCA, animal rights activists and pets in Queens to protest United Airlines after the death of the 10-month-old French bulldog. “I feel devastated. Every night I cry because it feels really […]

  • Boy, 2, who was the subject of an Amber Alert, dies at the hospital

    EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. — A 2-year-old boy, who was the subject of an Amber Alert died at the hospital after he was located. According to FOX6’s sister station, KDVR, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that Nain Dominguez, 2, has died. The Amber Alert was activated over the weekend for the boy, who was last seen near 1215 Forest Rd. in Colorado Springs, Colo. — wearing a green sweatshirt, grey sweatpants and no shoes. On Sunday morning, at approximately […]

  • Menomonee Falls police seek suspects accused of stealing 100+ scratch-off tickets from Speedway

    MENOMONEE FALLS — Police in Menomonee Falls are looking for three suspects accused of stealing scratch-off lottery tickets from the Speedway gas station on Main St. near Shady Ln. early Saturday, March 17. It happened shortly before 5 a.m. Police say an investigation has revealed a female suspect entered the Speedway and proceeded to talk with the clerk at the rear of the store — creating a distraction by dropping a glass bottle, which broke. Then, two male suspects entered […]

  • Police: Male victim shot multiple times; died at 17th and Scott in Milwaukee

    MILWAUKEE — A male victim was shot multiple times Wednesday afternoon, March 14 and died at 17th and Scott in Milwaukee, police said. It happened around 1:10 p.m. The victim has been identified as 38-year-old Miguel Aguirre. MPD continues to seek suspect(s) — and the investigation is ongoing.

  • Police: 2 shooting victims taken to hospital after showing up at MPD District 5

    MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee police said Wednesday night, March 14 two shooting victims showed up at MPD District 5 (near 4th and Locust). According to police, the two men suffered non-life threatening gunshots wounds while sitting in a vehicle outside of a residence in the area of 24th and Locust. The victims drove themselves to District 5 where medical attention was called. It appears that an argument was behind the shooting, however detectives and officers are continuing to investigate.

  • Police: Suspect shot at by victim while attempting to break into garage with crowbar

    MILWAUKEE — A suspect was shot at while attempting to break into a garage near 11th and Walker Wednesday afternoon, March 14. Police said around 2:40 p.m., a victim heard a noise near their garage and went to see what was going on. The victim was met by a suspect who was attempting to pry open the garage door with a crowbar. When the suspect attempted to attack the victim, police said the victim shot at the suspect, who then […]

  • Victim’s father speaks out ahead of sentencing for teen accused in beatings, at least 5 car thefts

    MILWAUKEE — A Milwaukee teenager accused of beating multiple women during a violent crime spree will be sentenced on March 23, and for the first time, ahead of that sentencing hearing, one of his victim’s family members sat down with FOX6 News on Wednesday, March 14. Corleon Thomas, 18, has reached a plea deal — pleading guilty in January to seven of 12 charges: Robbery with use of force, as party to a crime Attempted armed robbery Second degree reckless […]

  • Former sheriff’s captain accused of sexual assault at assisted living facility convicted by a jury

    PLEASANT PRAIRIE — A former captain with the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department, accused of sexually assaulting a woman at an assisted living facility has been convicted by a jury. Clarence Mielke, 74, on Wednesday, March 14, was convicted by a jury on two counts — second degree sexual assault of a mentally ill victim, and second degree sexual assault by an employee of a child welfare agency or care/service residential facility. He was found not guilty on four other counts. […]