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
  • 4 juveniles, dog hit with ‘high-powered pellet gun’ while walking Hank Aaron Trail

    MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee police are investigating a recklessly endangering safety incident involving a pellet gun after four juveniles and a fifth person’s dog were struck by pellets near 35th and Canal on Wednesday night, July 18. The juveniles were shot while walking the Hank Aaron Trail near Three Bridges Park in the Menomonee Valley, with the shots coming from a building above the bluff. The victims suffered injuries not believed to be life-threatening. They were all taken to the hospital. We’re […]

  • 7 months in House of Correction for man convicted of stealing baby tortoises ‘to pay for drugs’

    MILWAUKEE COUNTY — A Milwaukee man convicted of stealing five Sulcata tortoises from Pet World has been sentenced. Gary Kaczynski, 33, on June 22 pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of retail theft, intentionally taking less than $500. In court on Thursday, July 19, he was sentenced to serve seven months in the House of Correction, with credit for 134 days time served. He was ordered to pay $1,289.94 in restitution to PetWorld on S. 108th Street, This case was […]

  • Man pleads guilty in case in which girl, 12, was dragged to home by her hoodie, raped

    MILWAUKEE — A registered sex offender on GPS monitoring accused of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl inside a home near 27th and Burleigh in Milwaukee has reached a plea deal in the case against him. Collins Jacobs, 39, on Monday, July 16 pleaded guilty to one count of first degree sexual assault of a child — sexual contact with a person under the age of 13. He will be sentenced on Sept. 28. According to a criminal complaint, police spoke […]

  • Man faces homicide charge after Army veteran died from injuries suffered in crash on I-43 on Fourth of July

    MILWAUKEE — Cornelius McShane, 65, of Freeport, Ill. now faces one count of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle after a Fourth of July crash on I-43. This, after the victim, an Army veteran and beloved junior ROTC advisor, Stephen Randall, died as a result of injuries suffered in the crash. McShane previously faced one count of injury by intoxicated use of a vehicle and one count of second degree reckless injury. He was in court Thursday, July 19 for […]

  • Cudahy man arrested for OWI, 4th offense after high-risk traffic stop at Milwaukee/Racine County line

    MILWAUKEE COUNTY — A Cudahy man, 26, was arrested for OWI, fourth offense early Thursday, July 19. It happened around 1 a.m. According to the Wisconsin State Patrol, a trooper observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed on I-94. It took several miles for the trooper to catch up, and the vehicle to yield. Upon stopping just north of the Racine/Milwaukee County line, the driver immediately exited his vehicle and ignored verbal commands from the trooper. Deputies […]

  • Prosecutors: Man said he ‘fell asleep’ before crashing into tree, killing son after celebrating his birthday

    PEWAUKEE — A Pewaukee father is facing charges, accused in connection with the death of his 3-year-old son, which happened Sunday, July 15 in Pewaukee — where the vehicle he was driving struck a tree. The child died at the hospital. Prosecutors say the father told investigators he “fell asleep” after celebrating his son’s third birthday at a campground over the weekend. Nicholas Dischler, 25, of Pewaukee, faces one count of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle, one count […]

  • Sheriff says authorities are ready for 130,000 visitors in Kenosha County during 4-day Country Thunder

    KENOSHA COUNTY — The Country Thunder Music Festival rumbles into Kenosha County this weekend, and 130,000 people are expected to attend the four-day event. Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth said Wednesday, July 18 authorities will be ready. “Most of our deputies that come out here took vacation to come out here and help these people have a fun four or five days. If we have to take action on someone that’s acting extremely inappropriately — they revert to exactly what […]

  • Owner of several Milwaukee gas stations accused of forcing Indian woman to work pleads guilty to federal charge

    MILWAUKEE — The owner of several Milwaukee-area gas stations, accused of forcing and threatening an Indian woman to work between September of 2009 and April of 2011 has reached a plea deal in the federal case against him. According to federal court documents, Harshinder Bhatia agreed to plead guilty to a federal charge of “harboring an alien for financial gain,” the first count in a three-count indictment. The remaining two counts were dismissed as a result of the plea deal. […]

  • 2 years probation for boy, 17, charged in connection to Snapchat threat that shut down Indian Trail Academy

    KENOSHA — One of two teenagers charged in connection with a threat that was made to Indian Trail High School and Academy in February has been sentenced to probation. Lozamar Alexis Jr., 17, of Kenosha on Wednesday, July 18 pleaded guilty to three amended charges — computer message/threaten injury or harm (as party to a crime), resisting or obstructing an officer and disorderly conduct. He was then placed on probation for two years. If he successfully completes probation, he could have […]

  • Jacquet Metal Service to bring jobs to abandoned industrial park on Racine’s south side

    RACINE — The City of Racine is selling a south side industrial park. Jacquet Metal Service plans to buy eight acres in the vacant industrial park. The French-based company specializes in stainless steel and nickel alloy processing with 42 locations in 21 countries, including one in Racine since 2007. Racine Mayor Cory Mason says the company’s expansion will help bring jobs back to the abandoned area. “With Jacquet’s decision to invest $11 million here today we’re going to see a […]

  • Preschoolers with hearing impairments learn about fire safety: ‘Showing them everything that’s important’

    MILWAUKEE — Firefighters from Milwaukee and West Allis took time Tuesday, July 17 to help preschoolers with hearing impairments learn how to stay safe. They taught the kids at “HEAR Wisconsin” about their gear, and talked about smoke detectors and other safety measures in their homes. Organizers said because the kids have hearing impairments, it was important for them to get a more hands-on experience. “Many times for children who are deaf and hard of hearing, they don’t necessarily overhear […]

  • Prosecutors: Man cooked steak as he trashed Jake’s Roundabout Steakhouse during burglary

    SHEBOYGAN COUNTY — A Sheboygan man, 24, is facing charges in connection with a burglary that badly damaged Jake’s Roundabout Steakhouse in Sheboygan. The restaurant reopened on Wednesday, July 18. PHOTO GALLERY Bobby Lee faces one count of burglary of a building or dwelling and one count of criminal damage to property. Prosecutors say during the crime, he cooked himself a steak and ate it while sitting on top of the bar. He made his initial appearance in court on […]