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
  • 2nd man charged in shooting death of 13-year-old Sandra Parks pleads guilty, sentenced to prison

    MILWAUKEE — The second man charged in connection with the death of 13-year-old Sandra Parks pleaded guilty Monday, July 15. Untrell Oden, 28, entered the plea to one count of possession of a firearm by a felon. He was then sentenced to serve two years and six months in prison, and two years and six months’ extended supervision, with credit for 240 days time served. According to prosecutors, Oden helped Isaac Barnes hide his guns after the shooting. Barnes on […]

  • Prosecutors: Man attacked security guard, woman head-butted officer after fights at Kenosha bar

    KENOSHA — A Kenosha man and an Illinois woman are facing charges in connection with separate incidents at a Kenosha bar early Saturday, July 13. Tevin Hoskins, 24, of Kenosha, faces the following charges: Substantial battery, as party to a crime Disorderly conduct, as party to a crime According to a criminal complaint, police were called out to the Red Zone Sports Bar & Grill on Sheridan Road near 49th Street on Saturday morning, July 13, for a fight between […]

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    Attempted homicide: Police say woman stabbed man ‘randomly selected at gas station

    MUKWONAGO — An 18-year-old woman was arrested after police said she stabbed a 59-year-old man Monday morning in Mukwonago. It happened around 9:15 a.m. at North Star Shell on Rochester Street near Veterans Way. Police said it appeared the woman randomly selected the victim, an Illinois man, stabbing him with a large kitchen knife. There was no evidence the two parties knew each other, and there was no confrontation prior to the crime, police said. The man was taken to […]

  • Shooting at MVP Bar in Kenosha

    Kenosha Common Council votes to pull Kenosha bar’s cabaret license after shooting, stampede

    KENOSHA — Chaos was caught on camera after when a shooting and a stampede occurred at a Kenosha bar on June 30. A 28-year-old man suffered a gunshot wound to the neck and had to be taken to the hospital by Flight for Life, where he was listed in critical but stable condition. The owners of the bar spoke with FOX6 News onJuly 7 and promised changes to ensure something like this doesn’t happen again. The incident prompted a Kenosha […]

  • Joe Bohannon, Shantrell Coleman, Montez Mcafee

    2 men plead not guilty in shooting death of Montez Mcafee near 45th and Wright

    MILWAUKEE — Two men charged in connection with a deadly shooting and pursuit were in court Monday, July 15. Joe Bohannon and Shantrell Coleman, each 22, both waived their preliminary hearings, and pleaded not guilty. Scheduling conferences were set for Aug. 6. Bohannon faces four charges: First degree reckless homicide, use of a dangerous weapon, as party to a crime First degree reckless injury, use of a dangerous weapon, as party to a crime Vehicle operator flee/elude officer Felony bail […]

  • Lawsuit says Trinity Lutheran Church fire caused by grinder use on roof; damage estimated at $24M+

    MILWAUKEE — Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church filed suit against the contractor performing work on the roof when a four-alarm fire gutted the church on May 15, 2018. The lawsuit was filed July 1 against Langer Roofing & Sheet Metal Inc. of Milwaukee, and Federal Insurance Company of Indianapolis. The lawsuit said the building, constructed in 1878-1880, has “historic significance,” and is included on the National Register of Historic Places. It was recognized as a municipal landmark in 1967. The lawsuit […]

  • Man with lengthy drug history arrested after hash, mushrooms, meth, crack, MDMA, found in home in Burlington (PHOTO: Racine County Sheriff's Office)

    Man with lengthy drug history arrested after hash, mushrooms, meth, crack, MDMA, found in home

    BURLINGTON — A man on probation in a drug case was arrested Thursday, July 11 after drugs were found when a search warrant was executed at his home on Market Street near Sheldon Street in Burlington. Racine County sheriff’s officials said the search warrant was executed as a result of multiple controlled purchases from the home. In the home, investigators ound 38.6 grams of hash, 94.6 grams of mushrooms,  18.7 grams of crystal meth,  11.1 grams of crack, 3.5 grams of […]

  • Crash on I-41/94 NB at County Highway G (PHOTO: WisDOT)

    Serious crash temporarily closes lanes on I-41/94 NB at County G in Racine County

    RACINE COUNTY — A serious crash closed lanes on I-41/94 northbound at County Highway G Sunday night, July 14 in Racine County. It happened just after 8 p.m. All lanes have reopened. Caledonia police said the crash involved a semi, and police were shutting down access to ramps at County Highway G and County Highway K. Mount Pleasant police were shutting down ramps at State Highway 20. Police asked that drivers avoid the area, and find alternate routes. The scene […]

  • ‘This is beyond my imagination:’ On Giannis Antetokounmpo Day, ‘MVP Celebration’ held at Fiserv Forum

    MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Bucks and Nike scheduled a public celebration of Giannis Antetokounmpo winning his first MVP award — Sunday afternoon, July 14 at Fiserv Forum — and it drew a crowd! Sunday was officially declared Giannis Antetokounmpo Day in Milwaukee County by County Executive Chris Abele. The “Giannis MVP Celebration” took place from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the plaza at Fiserv Forum, giving fans an opportunity to see Antetokounmpo presented with the MVP trophy and to […]

  • Kendall Kalivoda

    ‘Wanted to celebrate:’ Young woman with autism hosts graduation party for teachers, mentors

    ELKHORN — There was a celebration Saturday, July 13 for a group of men and women who made a difference in a young girl’s life. “Today we are hosting, well, yeah, hosting a party for my teachers,” said Kendall Kalivoda. Kalivoda, 18, couldn’t have been more excited to graduate from high school. After years of trouble finding the right school to attend with her high-functioning autism, she found teachers who were kind, caring, and knew how to help. She and […]

  • Police: Woman struck, killed by vehicle driven by teenage driver in Hales Corners

    Police: Woman struck, killed by vehicle driven by teenage driver in Hales Corners

    HALES CORNERS — A woman, 39, was struck by a vehicle and killed on W. Edgerton Avenue, off of Forest Home Avenue in Hales Corners Saturday night, July 13. It happened just after 9 p.m. Police said the woman was pronounced dead at the scene. The striking vehicle was driven by a teenager, and police said that person was not suspected of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the crash. The investigation was ongoing, […]

  • Search for father in Wisconsin River (PHOTO: WMTV)

    Body recovered of father last seen trying to rescue children from Wisconsin River

    PRAIRIE DU SAC — The body of a father, 53, who was last seen trying to rescue his children from the Wisconsin River below the Prairie du Sac Dam on Saturday, July 13, was recovered by authorities on Sunday, July 14, according to our partners at WMTV in Madison. According to WMTV, the Sauk County Communications Center received a report from boaters regarding a body in the Wisconsin River between Mazomanie and Arena, about 10 miles downstream from the Prairie […]

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