My name is Katie, and I am the nightside 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 phone. 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 Warhawks football games, and it was great to see our athletes achieve so much! (And the legacy of Warhawks 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!

Recent Articles
  • Man charged after 117 cats found in Oak Creek home: ‘It’s a situation that got way out of hand’

    OAK CREEK — Charges were filed Monday, Nov. 18 against an Oak Creek man after prosecutors said 117 cats were found in a home he used to live in on Burdick Avenue near Drexel Avenue in Oak Creek in September. More than half of the animals had to be euthanized. Ryan Ross, 36, faces four felony counts of mistreatment of animals. FOX6 News spoke with Ross’ aunt — who lives just two doors down. “I had no idea that there […]

  • Chippewa Falls police: Driver arrested for 4th OWI crafted license plates out of Hamm's boxes (PHOTO: Chippewa Falls Police Department/Facebook)

    Chippewa Falls police: Driver arrested for 4th OWI crafted license plates out of Hamm’s boxes

    CHIPPEWA FALLS — A driver arrested for OWI, fourth offense crafted fake license plates out of beer boxes, according to the Chippewa Falls Police Department. Police on Monday, Nov. 18 shared video showing an officer holding the license plates, which appeared to look like typical Wisconsin license plates. The officer flipped them over, revealing they were, instead, Hamm’s beer boxes. Officers at the scene first noticed the plates did not match the vehicle, and soon learned the plates were not […]

  • Fire on Frank Avenue near 6th Street in Racine

    7 displaced by fire sparked by woman using lighter on box spring in Racine

    RACINE — Seven people were displaced after a young woman used a lighter to burn loose strings on a box spring at a Racine home on Tuesday morning, Nov. 19. It happened shortly before 11 a.m. on Frank Avenue near 6th Street. Officials with the Racine Fire Department said the 19-year-old woman was using the lighter on the box spring in a bedroom on the second floor when fire got inside the box spring and quickly grew out of control. […]

  • Lawmakers discuss bill that would require š¯“¬š¯“¾š¯“»š¯“¼š¯“²š¯“暯“® education in Wisconsin schools

    MADISON — Lawmakers in Madison on Tuesday, Nov. 19 discussed a Senate bill that would require cursive writing education in schools. Lawmakers said many schools have stopped teaching it. Supporters say cursive is a basic skill that’s beneficial for young brains, while opponents say schools have been forced to cut cursive for more essential learning because of a lack of funding. “It comes off as us looking down our nose from an ivory tower and saying, ‘Here’s what you oughta […]

  • ‘No recollection of the incident:’ 15 months in prison for woman convicted in stabbing of MCTS driver

    MILWAUKEE — A Milwaukee woman convicted in connection with an attack on a Milwaukee County Transit System bus driver on May 15 near 76th Street and Appleton Avenue was sentenced Tuesday, Nov. 19 to 15 months in prison. Betty Roberts, 24, entered an Alford plea Tuesday — a guilty plea of a defendant who proclaims (s)he is innocent of the crime but admits that the prosecution has enough evidence to prove that (s)he is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. In […]

  • Michael Radtke

    Waukesha police announce release of convicted sex offender now living on Main Street

    WAUKESHA — Waukesha police on Tuesday, Nov. 19 announced the release of a registered sex offender living at 1104 E. Main Street #2. Police said Michael Radtke, 51,Ā was convicted in 2004 of repeatedly sexually assaulting a 4-year-old female relative, and exposing the victim to harmful material. Prior to his release on Tuesday, he submitted to face-to-face registration with law enforcement. He is to have no unsupervised contact with minors, cannot visit taverns/bars/liquor stores, cannot have contact with his victims, cannot […]

  • West Allis Police Department

    Police: 82-year-old man killed in single-vehicle crash near 108th and Oklahoma in West Allis

    WEST ALLIS — An 82-year-old man lost his life in a crash near 108th Street and Oklahoma Avenue in West Allis on Monday afternoon, Nov. 18. It happened around 3 p.m. Police said an initial investigation revealed the man was headed south on 108th Street when his vehicle crossed over the center median into northbound traffic, and onto the east sidewalk — striking a fire hydrant and two trees. The man, who was from Greenfield, was the sole occupant of […]

  • Police seek woman who stole Milwaukee heated jackets from Neu's

    Recognize her? Police seek woman who stole Milwaukee heated jackets from Neu’s

    MENOMONEE FALLS — Menomonee Falls police need your help identifying a woman who stole four Milwaukee brand heated jackets from Neu’s Hardware on Falls Parkway on Monday afternoon, Nov. 18. The theft happened just before 1 p.m. Police described the woman as white, in her 50s, wearing glasses, a scarf, a black jacket, and black pants. She got away in a black four-door Ford Focus with no plates — driven by a man, white. Anyone with information was asked to […]

  • Police look to identify 2 men who stole saws from Neu's in Menomonee Falls

    Police look to identify 2 men who stole saws from Neu’s in Menomonee Falls

    MENOMONEE FALLS — Police need your help identifying two men who stole saws from Neu’s Building Center on Falls Parkway Monday, Nov. 18. It happened around 4:30 p.m. Police said the men selected two Stihl concrete “Cutquik” saws and left without paying — getting away in a dark, four-door sedan driven by a woman. Anyone with information was asked to please contact Menomonee Falls police orĀ Waukesha County Crime Stoppers at 1-888-441-5505, through the website at , or through the […]

  • Police: 13-year-old boy struck by vehicle near 24th and North; driver remained on scene

    MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee police said a child was struck by a vehicle near 24th Street and North Avenue on Monday afternoon, Nov. 18. It happened just before 2 p.m. and involved a 13-year-old boy. Police said it appeared the boy ran out into the street and was struck. According to police, the striking driver remained on scene. That person was not driving recklessly, police said, and had a valid driver’s license. The boy was taken to the hospital for treatment […]

  • Jeremaya Gross, Roy Mendez -- Hit-and-run near 23rd and Greenfield

    Arraignment set for man accused of killing Roy Mendez in hit-and-run near 23rd and Greenfield

    MILWAUKEE — Jeremaya Gross, 21, charged in connectionĀ with a hit-and-run crash on Oct. 19 that took the life of Roy Mendez, 68, who died less than two weeks later, was in court Monday, Nov. 18, where he waived his preliminary hearing. A single felony count of hit-and-run – resulting in death was filed Nov. 8 against Gross. The hit-and-run crash happened around 7 p.m. on Oct. 19 at the intersection of S. 23rd Street and W. Greenfield Avenue. The incident […]

  • Emma Mertens

    Emma Loves Dogs: 8-year-old Hartland girl with inoperable brain tumor has passed away

    HARTLAND — Emma Mertens, an 8-year-old girl from Hartland battling a rare brain tumor, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 17, according to a post on the “Emma Loves Dogs” Facebook page. FOX6 News introduced you to Emma Mertens in February after her family requested letters and photos from dogs to raise the young girl’s spirits after she was diagnosed with a DIPG brain tumor. She received more than 75,000 letters from 50 countries. In March, she received an extra special […]

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