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!

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  • Mason Crosby

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  • Pedestrian struck by vehicle near 27th and Capitol

    MFD: Pedestrian struck by vehicle near 27th and Capitol

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  • Kevin Brodzik

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    RACINE COUNTY — A Palmyra man who was a science teacher at Fox River Middle School in Waterford was sentenced to probation Monday, Sept. 16 after he pleaded guilty to theft charges. Prosecutors said he admitted to stealing medication belonging to students at the school — replacing tablets he took from prescription bottles in the locked nurse’s office. Charges were filed in June against Kevin Brodzik, 40. On Monday, Brodzik pleaded guilty to three counts of theft of movable property, […]

  • 150 Wisconsin National Guard soldiers set to deploy to Middle East this fall

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  • The Lumineers (Getty Images)

    ‘Ho Hey:’ The Lumineers to perform at Fiserv Forum March 11

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  • Police: 28-year-old man shot, wounded on Vel Phillips Avenue near Vienna Avenue

    MILWAUKEE — A 28-year-old Milwaukee man was shot and wounded on Vel Phillips Avenue near Vienna Avenue Monday afternoon, Sept. 16. It happened around 4:30 p.m. Police said the victim was taken to a hospital by a private party, where he had surgery. He was expected to survive his injuries, police said. The circumstances leading up to the shooting were under investigation.

  • 6-year-old girl struck by vehicle near 12th and Villa in Racine

    Police: 6-year-old girl struck by vehicle near 12th and Villa in Racine

    RACINE — A 6-year-old girl was struck by a vehicle in Racine Monday afternoon, Sept. 16. It happened around 4:15 p.m. near 12th Street and Villa Street. Police said the child was taken to the hospital for treatment. The extent of injuries wasn’t immediately clear. According to police, the striking driver was cooperating with the investigation.

  • Fatal hunting incident (PHOTO: WMTV)

    DNR: Man fatally shot brother while squirrel hunting in Dodge County

    DODGE COUNTY — A man fatally shot his brother as they hunted squirrels on state property near Mud Lake in Dodge County Tuesday, Sept. 17, officials with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources said. DNR officials said the brother who fired the fatal shot, a 61-year-old man, saw movement and fired, striking the victim, a 65-year-old man. An investigation was ongoing, with assistance from the Wisconsin State Patrol and Dodge County authorities.

  • Milwaukee Police Department

    Police: 1-month-old boy, 20-year-old woman hurt in shooting near 107th and Fond du Lac

    MILWAUKEE — A 1-month-old boy and 20-year-old woman were hurt in a shooting near 107th Street and Fond du Lac Avenue Monday afternoon, Sept. 16. It happened around 2:30 p.m. Police said the victims suffered graze wounds, and they were seeking the shooter(s). An investigation was ongoing.

  • Annastasia Evans

    ‘Endangered missing person:’ Officials seek woman last seen in May in Wisconsin Dells

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  • Fatal stabbing near 71st Street and Becher Street in West Allis

    Police seek man, woman after fatal stabbing of 33-year-old Onalaska man in West Allis

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