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My name is Katie, and I am the night-side web producer with the FOX6Now.com 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
  • Police: Man approached child walking to school in West Milwaukee; boy was able to get away

    WEST MILWAUKEE — West Milwaukee police are investigating a report of an attempted abduction involving an elementary school student. The boy’s mother told FOX6 News her son was on his way to school Tuesday morning, Dec. 11, walking near 51st and Greenfield when a white box truck/van stopped, and a man got out. The boy ran away — eventually making it to a friend’s house in the area. Police confirmed officers responded to the elementary school when the child reported […]

  • Suspect wanted after 15+ firearms stolen in at least 5 daytime burglaries in Fond du Lac County

    FOND DU LAC — Officials with the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office are investigating at least five daytime burglaries involving unlocked homes and the theft of firearms and cash. They are seeking a suspect, believed to be in the Fond du Lac area. Sheriff’s officials said Matthew Britton is believe to be “a prime suspect” in several of these burglaries. They said he has an active warrant for possession of drug paraphernalia — and should be considered armed and […]

  • ‘Ran out the back door:’ Jonathan Pogreba, fugitive for the 2nd time, arrested at Mukwonago hotel

    MUKWONAGO — Jonathan Pogreba, 43, was arrested Tuesday, Dec. 11 after more than four weeks on the run — a fugitive for the second time, after officials said he cut off his GPS monitoring device he was required to wear after a domestic incident in Eagle in June. Pogreba was taken into custody at a hotel in Mukwonago Tuesday morning. Taylor Warner, a hotel clerk, said law enforcement officials came to the front desk. “They were armed. I only saw […]

  • Man faces charges for allegedly stealing vehicle belonging to Jason Killips, killed in Kenosha

    KENOSHA COUNTY — Charges have been filed in connection with the homicide of Jason Killips, 36, a Carthage College student found dead in a Kenosha apartment on Nov. 30. Daniel Vanderpool, 39, faces one count of operating a vehicle without the owner’s consent, repeater and one count of felony bail jumping, repeater. Prosecutors said Vanderpool took Killips’ vehicle, which was missing after the homicide. A criminal complaint said on Nov. 30, Killips’ father contacted police to check the welfare of […]

  • Police: 2 arrested after pursuit reached speeds of more than 100 miles-per-hour

    MILWAUKEE — Two young men were arrested after a pursuit that ended near 21st and Hopkins early Tuesday, Dec. 11. Police said shortly before 3 a.m., officers spotted a silver Acura being driven recklessly near 7th and Center. A traffic stop was attempted, but police said the Acura fled, and a pursuit ensued, reaching speeds of more than 100 miles-per-hour. The pursuit lasted for more than four miles, before the driver, a 17-year-old boy, took off on foot near 21st […]

  • ‘He betrayed everything:’ Plea deal could mean 20 years max for coach who recorded girls

    WIND LAKE — A gymnastics coach accused of possessing and recording pornographic video of students has reached a plea deal in the case against him. Some of his victims and their parents said they’re not happy he won’t stand trial, and won’t face a lengthier sentence. James Kivisto, 50, of Wind Lake, on Monday, Dec. 10 pleaded no contest to 16 of the 46 charges filed against him. He was convicted on three counts of possession of child pornography, three […]

  • 9 members of West Bend High School boys bowling team involved in crash between bus, truck

    KEWASKUM — Nine members of the West Bend High School boys bowling team (eight students and a coach) were on board a bus involved in a crash with a pickup truck Monday evening, Dec. 10. It happened around 6:30 p.m. on Highway 45 and County Highway V, just north of Kewaskum. The boys were being checked for injuries, but Washington County sheriff’s officials told our partners at the Washington County Insider none appeared hurt. The bus driver was being transported […]

  • 9Lives Protein Plus cat food recalled because it could contain low levels of Vitamin B1

    MILWAUKEE — Two varieties of 9Lives Protein Plus cat food have been recalled because the wet cat food might contain low levels of Vitamin B1. FDA officials announced the recall on Friday, Dec. 7 by the J.M. Smucker Company. The FDA alert said no illnesses have been reported, and this recall is out of an abundance of caution. The products being recalled are: 9Lives® Protein Plus® With Tuna & Chicken 7910021549 4 pack of cans, 5.5 oz each Mar. 27, […]

  • 2nd driver dies after crash on I-94 near Elmhurst Road in Delafield

    DELAFIELD — Officials with the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department on Monday, Dec. 10 announced a second person died as a result of a crash that happened on I-94 near Elmhurst Road on Friday, Dec. 7. The victims have been identified as Sean Scherer, 30, from Madison and Freddie Johnson, 58, from Brookfield. It happened around 1:30 p.m. on Friday. Sheriff’s officials said a vehicle driven by Scherer was headed eastbound on I-94 when he lost control, crossed the center median […]

  • Former MPD assistant chief named chief of Marquette University Police Department

    MILWAUKEE — Edith Hudson, a former assistant chief with the Milwaukee Police Department has been named the chief of the Marquette University Police Department — set to take the reins on Dec. 17. According to a news release from Marquette officials, Hudson served MPD for 25 years in progressive leadership roles before she retired from active duty in good standing in November 2015. During her time with MPD, Hudson also served as the commander of the District 5 police station; acting […]

  • Man prosecutors say confessed to drugging, raping his girlfriend pleads not guilty

    WAUKESHA — A 20-year-old man accused of drugging and raping his own girlfriend has pleaded not guilty. Edgardo Nieves was in court Monday, Dec. 10 for his preliminary hearing, which he waived before entering the not guilty plea. He faces four felony charges: False imprisonment, administering dangerous/stupefying drug, second degree sexual assault/intoxicated victim — two counts. Nieves was bound over for trial, and a hearing was set for Jan. 3. According to prosecutors, Nieves walked into the Waukesha Police Department […]

  • Case dismissed against Village of Butler trustee in gas station altercation caught on camera

    WAUKESHA COUNTY — A misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge filed against at Village of Butler trustee has been dismissed by the court, after the man successfully completed community service. The charge was dismissed on Monday, Dec. 10, after an altercation at a gas station near 124th and Hampton on Jan. 28. The incident was caught on camera at the Fuel Stop gas station. A Brookfield man, Eddie Williams Jr., also faced a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge which was dismissed in May. […]