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My name is Katie, and I am the nightside 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 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!


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    Washington County man in his 50s who died from COVID-19 was a Waukesha County employee

    WASHINGTON COUNTY — Officials with the Washington Ozaukee Public Health Department on Monday, March 30 confirmed a Waukesha County employee who died as a result of COVID-19 complications was a resident of Germantown in Washington County. Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow announced the man’s death on Sunday. This was Washington County’s first coronavirus-related death, health officials said in a news release. The man, who was in his 50s, had underlying health conditions, officials said, noting that they were diligently working […]

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    Kenosha-based Jockey donates ‘critically needed’ PPE on national, local level in fight against COVID-19

    KENOSHA — Officials with Kenosha-based Jockey International, Inc. on Monday, March 30 announced plans to support first responders and heath care workers across the country by donating critically needed personal protective equipment on a national and local level in the fight against the coronavirus. Jockey officials laid out their plans in news release Monday: Kenosha support On a local level, Jockey will supply the Kenosha Fire Department with 10,000 N95 masks and 10,000 Level 1 surgical masks. Two-thousand units of […]

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    MILWAUKEE — Officials with Milwaukee Area Technical College on Monday, March 30 donated personal protective equipment to six Milwaukee-area hospitals amid the coronavirus pandemic. Officials noted in a statement the PPE was divided equally among the six health care facilities in Milwaukee County and Ozaukee County, and six ventilators and one bipap machine (breathing apparatus for patients with sleep apnea) were already loaned to Aurora Sinai Medical Center, Aurora West Allis Medical Center and Froedtert Hospital. Donations made Monday included […]

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  • Cedarburg School District hosts food drive while connecting students with e-learning essentials

    Cedarburg School District hosts food drive while connecting students with e-learning essentials

    CEDARBURG — School children in Cedarburg who came to pick up materials for online classes Monday, March 30 also helped those in need. The Cedarburg School District partnered with Family Sharing to collect food pantry items. Families with kids in grades 5K through fourth were asked to make donations when they came to pick up their Chromebooks at Cedarburg High School. “We are feeling stressed and overwhelmed we know others are, as well,” said Superintendent Todd Bugnacki. Officials planned to […]

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    MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers on Monday, March 30 announced a new public-private partnership among Wisconsin industry leaders to increase Wisconsin’s laboratory testing capacity for COVID-19. According to a news release from the governor’s office, prior to this announcement, the Wisconsin State Lab of Hygiene and the Milwaukee Public Health Lab were leading the Wisconsin Clinical Lab Network labs in performing testing — performing the majority of testing along with private labs. The new partnership includes laboratory support from Exact […]

  • Police seek 4 in shots fired incident before crash that killed grandmother driving with granddaughter

    Police seek 4 in shots fired incident before crash that killed grandmother driving with granddaughter

    MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee police on Monday, March 30 released surveillance images in their search for four individuals who were in a vehicle from which shots were fired before a fatal crash that happened Sunday afternoon, March 29 near Appleton Avenue and Keefe Avenue. The crash, which happened around 12:30 p.m., killed a 64-year-old woman, who died Sunday while driving with her teenage granddaughter. Before the crash, police said shots were fired from a dark four-door Jeep Cherokee with four people […]

  • Alderman suggests ‘water, power shut off to nonessential businesses’ not complying with orders

    MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee Alderman Khalif Rainey in a statement Monday, March 30 said he reached out to Milwaukee Health Commissioner Jeanette Kowalik, asking that she “create a process” where power and water could be shut off at nonessential businesses not complying with the state and local stay-at-home orders amid the coronavirus. Alderman Rainey spoke of a similar order issued by the mayor of Los Angeles. His statement is below: “Last week the Mayor of Los Angeles issued an order to […]

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    GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. – Dollar General is providing all medical personnel, first responders and activated National Guardsmen with a 10% discount on qualifying purchases starting Monday, March 30, officials announced in a press release. Individuals can present their employment badge or ID at more than 16,300 stores to receive the discount. “At Dollar General, we are deeply appreciative for the ongoing and brave work that our medical professionals, first responder communities and National Guard activated continue to perform during these unprecedented […]

  • Kohl’s extends temporary store closures ‘until further notice’ to stop the spread of COVID-19

    MENOMONEE FALLS — Kohl’s officials on Monday, March 30 announced the extension of the temporary closure of stores nationwide to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. Due to the significant impact to the business, Kohl’s is taking additional actions to strengthen its financial flexibility during this time, company officials said in a news release. “These are unprecedented times as our communities around the country come together to support the nationwide efforts in slowing the spread of COVID-19. At Kohl’s […]

  • Fatal shooting near 9th and National

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    MILWAUKEE — A male victim was fatally shot near 9th Street and National Avenue Sunday afternoon, March 29, and an arrest was made, police said. The shooting happened around 1:30 p.m. The circumstances surrounding the shooting were under investigation.

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