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
  • ‘Yawning’ alleged serial Red Bull thief, caught on camera, pleads guilty in 3 Racine County cases

    RACINE COUNTY — A man prosecutors said was caught on camera yawning during a theft involving Red Bull in Burlington reached plea deals in three cases on Tuesday, March 19. Cory Naber on Tuesday pleaded guilty in connection with three cases filed out of Racine County in July 2018. Naber pleaded guilty to three counts of retail theft-intentionally taking less than $500 and one count of felony bail jumping, repeater. Two counts of felony bail jumping were dismissed but read […]

  • ‘We are going to war:’ Arraignment set for alleged wrong-way driver accused of attacking officers

    BROWN DEER — A woman accused of threatening, attacking and spitting on police officers after driving the wrong way on Brown Deer Road was in court Tuesday, March 19 for her preliminary hearing. Denisha Davis, 26, of Milwaukee faces these charges: Throw/discharge bodily fluid at public safety worker or prosecutor — two counts OWI, second offense Operating while revoked Traffic forfeiture for refusing to take a test for intoxication after arrest Davis waived her preliminary hearing Tuesday and was bound […]

  • ‘Our team is ready:’ Marquette Golden Eagles head to CT to face Murray State in NCAA Tourney

    MILWAUKEE — The Marquette University men’s basketball team on Tuesday, March 19 departed for Hartford, Connecticut ahead of their NCAA Tournament matchup. Marquette, the No. 5 seed, faces No. 12 Murray State Thursday, March 21. The Golden Eagles felt some love before leaving for Connecticut, as students, fans, cheerleaders and the pep band wished them well at the Al McGuire Center. With the stakes raised, players said they felt prepared and confident heading into the NCAA Tournament. “All the regular […]

  • Manitowoc police release video of person of interest in September 2018 double murder

    MANITOWOC — Manitowoc police need your help identifying a person of interest in a double homicide case from September 2018. Police said on Sept. 9, 2018, around 10:30 a.m., officers responded to a home near Dale Street and Forest Circle, where they found 51-year-old Richard Miller and his daughter, 19-year-old Jocelyn Miller, dead as a result of gunshot wounds. Several leads have been developed during the investigation, police said, and they’re looking to identify an individual who was seen in […]

  • Wisconsin man convicted of producing child pornography outside of the United States

    WASHINGTON — A Wisconsin man pleaded guilty Tuesday, March 19 to producing and possessing child pornography in 2015 and engaging in illicit sexual conduct in a foreign place between 2014 and 2015. Jeffrey Ernisse, 61, pleaded guilty to two counts of producing child pornography, one count of engaging in illicit sexual conduct with a minor in the Philippines, and one count of possessing child pornography before U.S. District Court Judge Lynn Adelman. Sentencing is set for July 11, 2019. According […]

  • Police: Man charged with murder sat on 2-year-old boy, leading to his death

    COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa — A man is facing first degree murder charges, accused of sitting on a 2-year-old boy, leading to his death. Council Bluffs police identified the suspect as Larry Murphy, 31, of Omaha, Nebraska. They identified the child as Oakland Oburu. Police said on March 15, around 11:15 a.m., officers were dispatched to Casey’s General Store on 23rd Avenue near 6th Street in Council Bluffs for a report of an unresponsive child. There, police spoke with Murphy and […]

  • Police investigate ‘sudden deaths’ of man, woman in their 70s near Sherman and Stark

    MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee police are investigating the sudden deaths of a man and woman in their 70s. Officers responded to the area near Sherman and Stark just after 11:15 a.m. Tuesday, March 19, and found the 72-year-old woman and 75-year-old man dead inside their home. The investigation into the cause of death for both victims was ongoing.

  • Man prosecutors said tried to fight officers, ran across I-43 while drunk pleads guilty

    BAYSIDE — A man prosecutors said tried to fight officers while drunk along I-43 in Bayside in March 2018 has reached a plea deal in the case against him. Ulysses Washington, 33, of Milwaukee on Tuesday, March 19 pleaded guilty to one count of vehicle operator flee/elude officer (repeater) and one count of resisting or obstructing an officer (repeater). The third charge, resisting or obstructing an officer (repeater) was dismissed but read into the court record. According to a criminal […]

  • Sheriff: Man ‘put down’ dog with roofing hammer, upset it was soiling the house

    COLUMBIA COUNTY — A 31-year-old Portage man is facing charges after sheriff’s officials said he killed a dog with a roofing hammer. Brandon Shearer faces a felony count of mistreatment of animals/causing death, disorderly conduct (domestic abuse) and theft of movable property, less than $2,500. Sheriff’s officials said on Saturday, March 16, a female caller reported Shearer was at her house and had killed her dog. Deputies responded to the Oakwood Estates trailer park in the Town of Lewiston in Columbia […]

  • We Energies: Gas service line struck near Buffum and Keefe in Milwaukee

    MILWAUKEE — We Energies crews were called out to the area near Buffum and Keefe in Milwaukee Monday afternoon, March 18 after a gas line was struck by a third party. The gas was shut off, and crews were making repairs, a spokesman said. The incident involved a gas service line, not a main line. Police said there were no injuries.  

  • Arraignment set for wife of former Twin Lakes police captain, facing drug charges

    KENOSHA COUNTY — Cheryl Linn, 49, the wife of former Twin Lakes Police Captain Dennis Linn, 47, was in court Monday, March 18 for her preliminary hearing, which she waived. An arraignment was scheduled for April 3. Cheryl Linn faces three charges: Possession of narcotic drugs, as party to a crime Possession of THC Possession of drug paraphernalia Dennis Linn faces four charges: Possession of narcotic drugs, as party to a crime — three counts Theft-movable property, less than $2,500, […]

  • Police respond to crash involving semi near 20th and Howard in Milwaukee

    MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee police on Monday afternoon, March 18 responded to a crash near 20th and Howard. It happened around 2:30 p.m. and involved a semi and a pickup truck. Police said a preliminary investigation revealed there were no apparent injuries, and everyone involved stayed on scene. The cause was under investigation.

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