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
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    Woman accused of stealing thousands in jewelry during Glendale open house pleads not guilty

    MILWAUKEE COUNTY — A California woman accused of stealing thousands of dollars in jewelry from a Glendale home that was up for sale during an open house pleaded not guilty Wednesday, June 12. Janet Barnes, 50, of Selma, Calif. waived her preliminary hearing Wednesday. Probable cause was found for further proceedings, and she was bound over for trial. A bail/bond hearing was set for June 18. Cash bond was set at $10,000 on June 5. Barnes faces a felony charge […]

  • Police: Pedestrian struck by school bus near 44th and Center

    MILWAUKEE — Officials with the Milwaukee Fire Department were called out to the scene of a crash involving a person who was struck by a bus. It happened near 44th and Center Wednesday afternoon, June 12. Police said a school bus struck a pedestrian, who suffered injuries not believed to be life-threatening. The school bus driver remained on scene. The investigation was ongoing.

  • Green Giant survey: Broccoli is America's favorite vegetable for 2019 -- but not Wisconsin's

    Green Giant survey: Broccoli is America’s favorite vegetable for 2019 — but not Wisconsin’s

    MINNEAPOLIS — A Green Giant survey found broccoli is America’s favorite vegetable for 2019 — for the second year in a row. According to a news release, the survey polled 5,000 Americans in honor of National Eat Your Vegetables Day (June 17). While broccoli reigned supreme across most of the United States (39 states in all), it’s not the favorite in Wisconsin, the survey found. In the Badger State, the favorite veggie is corn. Residents in Maine, West Virginia, South […]

  • Wisconsin (Getty Images)

    WalletHub: Wisconsin ranked 6th best US state to live in for 2019

    MILWAUKEE — WalletHub on Tuesday, June 11 released its 2019 report on the best states to live in in the United States — and Wisconsin ranked sixth. According to a news release from WalletHub officials, the report was released during peak moving season, with Americans considering where to settle down. Officials compared the 50 states across 51 key indicators of livability, ranging from housing costs and income growth to education rate and quality of hospitals. Below is how Wisconsin ranked, […]

  • J.J. Watt and Kealia Ohia (Getty Images)

    JJ Watt on wedding planning after engagement to Kealia Ohai: ‘It’s open bar for everybody’

    HOUSTON — Former Wisconsin Badgers and current Houston Texans player J.J. Watt of Pewaukee, Wisconsin on Tuesday, June 11 was asked about wedding planning by a Houston reporter. This, after Watt announced his engagement to Houston Dash soccer forward Kealia Ohai on May 26. According to a tweet from Jake Asman, a Houston radio host, Watt said, “It’s open bar for everybody. It’s the only way to make a good wedding.” Watt retweeted the tweet and said, “Being from Wisconsin, […]

  • MPD squad involved in 2-vehicle crash near 22nd and Greenfield

    MPD squad involved in 2-vehicle crash near 22nd and Greenfield; 1 arrested

    MILWAUKEE — A Milwaukee Police Department squad was involved in a crash near 22nd and Greenfield Tuesday evening, June 11. Two officers were transported to a hospital for minor injuries. According to police, the squad was traveling westbound on W. Greenfield, approaching the intersection of S. 22nd Street, when a 2003 black GMC, which was traveling eastbound on W. Greenfield Avenue, conducted a left turn to go northbound in front of the squad, causing the two vehicles to collide. After […]

  • Daniel Murphy

    46-year-old man reported missing, endangered from Town of Lisbon found dead

    WAUKESHA — The Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department released a sad update late Tuesday, June 11 regarding a missing man considered endangered. Sheriff’s officials said Daniel Murphy, 46, was found dead in the Town of Lisbon. “The Murphy family is very appreciative for all the support and assistance they received from the community during this difficult time. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers,” sheriff’s officials said. Murphy was last seen by his family at his residence at approximately 10:15 […]

  • Kalin Sunde

    ‘Don’t make me stab the dog:’ Kalin Sunde charged in pursuit, standoff involving stolen van

    WAUKESHA COUNTY — Charges were filed Tuesday, June 11 against Kalin Sunde, 31, of Pewaukee in connection with a pursuit and five-hour standoff involving a stolen minivan on Tuesday, June 4 near I-94 and Highway 67 in the Village of Summit. Sunde faces the following charges: Drive or operate a vehicle without owner’s consent Felony bail jumping Failure to comply with officer’s attempt to take a person into custody, as party to a crime Failure to comply with officer’s attempt […]

  • Living Word Apostolic Church in New Berlin

    Driver died at the hospital after crashing into Living Word Apostolic Church in New Berlin

    NEW BERLIN — A 36-year-old New Berlin man died at the hospital after crashing into a church on W. National Avenue near Crowbar Drive on Tuesday afternoon, June 11. It happened just before 4 p.m. Police said the vehicle left the roadway and crashed into the side of the church. When officers arrived, the driver was unresponsive, and life-saving measures were initiated. He was taken to Froedtert Hospital, where he died. The cause of the crash and death were under […]

  • 1 taken to hospital following stabbing near 23rd and Michigan

    1 taken to hospital following stabbing near 23rd and Michigan

    MILWAUKEE — One person was taken to the hospital after a stabbing Tuesday afternoon, June 11. It happened around 2:30 p.m. near 23rd and Michigan. Officials with the Milwaukee Fire Department said one person was stabbed in the back, and transported to Froedtert Hospital. According to Milwaukee police, the two people involved were in a romantic relationship. One person was taken into custody.

  • Marquette University will become ‘test optional’ in fall 2020

    MILWAUKEE — Marquette University officials on Monday, June 10 announced the university would become test optional, offering domestic and international undergraduate applicants the choice to include standardized test scores as part of their application. The policy of no longer requiring ACT and/or SAT scores from all applicants is effective for students applying for entry in fall 2020, according to a news release. “Our Catholic, Jesuit mission calls on us to keep a Marquette education accessible to a diverse population of […]

  • Terry and Tequila (PHOTO: Wisconsin Humane Society)

    WHS helps man facing homelessness with free services for his dog so she can stay at shelter

    MILWAUKEE — Officials with the Wisconsin Humane Society on Tuesday, June 11 shared a heartwarming story about Terry, a man facing homelessness, and his dog, Tequila. According to a WHS social media post, officials at an emergency housing shelter reached out to WHS regarding Terry and Tequila — indicating they were willing to allow Tequila to stay with Terry in the shelter, but recommended she be vaccinated, spayed, and microchipped. WHS officials said Terry wanted Tequila to receive the care […]

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