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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  • MPD District 2 Captain Paul Lough

    ‘We need to support our officers:’ Neighbors meet new MPD District 2 Captain Paul Lough

    MILWAUKEE — Officials with Milwaukee Police Department’s District 2 and the community welcomed Captain Paul Lough to the south side. All were invited to the “Crime and Safety Meeting” Wednesday, Aug. 21 to meet the new captain and bring any questions they might have. Community members said they’re looking forward to working with Captain Lough. “There’s a lot of adults out there acting, just, reckless, and it’s unacceptable, and I think with this communication, with this meeting, it helps build […]

  • Tyrice Creed

    2 years after son’s drowning in Browns Lake, mother hands out arm wing floaties for free

    RACINE COUNTY — Two years after her son drowned, a mother on Wednesday, Aug. 21 continued her mission to prevent other families from dealing with a similar tragedy. Tyrice Creed, 4, drowned on Aug. 21, 2017 at Browns Lake in Racine County. Two years later, Nichole Creed, his mother, was at the Kids Cove Playground near Racine’s lakefront handing out water wing arm floaties to kids. Creed said they quite possibly could’ve saved her son’s life. “I believe that that […]

  • Rep. Bryan Steil serves customers at Lou Perrine's in Kenosha

    ‘A real great opportunity:’ Rep. Bryan Steil serves customers at Lou Perrine’s in Kenosha

    KENOSHA — A recognizable face was behind the counter at Lou Perrine’s in Kenosha Wednesday, Aug. 21. United States Congressman Bryan Steil engaged with employees and customers, and talked about the importance of small business. “The opportunity for me to spend a couple hours down at these local businesses, and get a behind-the-scenes view of what everybody sees as a customer is just a real great opportunity, so I took advantage of it today,” said Rep. Steil. Steil replaced former […]

  • School supplies collected during Bronzeville Sleepover for Education donated to Carver Academy

    School supplies collected during Bronzeville Sleepover for Education donated to Carver Academy

    MILWAUKEE — A shipment of school supplies was delivered to Carver Academy Wednesday, Aug. 21. The supplies were donated during the fourth annual Bronzeville Sleepover for Education during Bronzeville Week 2019. Alderwoman Milele Coggs said the school supplies would immediately be used by students. Alderwoman Coggs thanked the community and the sponsors who made this happen. PHOTO GALLERY

  • Man out on bond in drug cases faces new charges after officer-involved shooting

    MILWAUKEE — A Milwaukee man out on bond in drug cases faces new charges after he was shot by an officer on Wednesday, Aug. 14 near 21st and Townsend. Police said it happened after officers responded to a ShotSpotter alert, and Jamel Barnes turned toward them while armed with a gun. Barnes, 29, faces the following charges, filed Friday, Aug. 16: Intentionally point firearm — law enforcement officer, etc., use of a dangerous weapon Felony bail jumping — four counts […]

  • Kelly Rainey

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    RACINE COUNTY — An alleged drug dealer stands accused of offering to pay a confidential informant to kill a Kenosha County sheriff’s deputy after he “lost” a federal lawsuit. According to prosecutors, Kelly Rainey, 55, of Racine, offered the CI $500 to help with legal paperwork and for the completion of the killing of the deputy. Rainey faces the following charges, filed on Wednesday, Aug. 21: Conspiracy to commit first degree intentional homicide, repeater Threat to a law enforcement officer, […]

  • Lori Long

    Prosecutors: Woman accused in Thiensville stabbing claimed her friend was ‘trying to kill her’

    THIENSVILLE — A Milwaukee woman stands accused of stabbing her “friend” multiple times in Thiensville Saturday night, Aug. 17. According to prosecutors, Lori Long, 50, claimed the victim attacked her, and the stabbing was self-defense. Long faces one count of aggravated battery. According to a criminal complaint, just before 11 p.m., police responded to the area near Laurel Lake Road and Heidel Road, off of Cedarburg Road/Main Street, and a neighbor directed police to Apartment 4. Police were met by […]

  • Police seek women who stole credit cards at Planet Fitness in Burlington

    Recognize them? Police seek women who stole credit cards at Planet Fitness in Burlington

    BURLINGTON — Burlington police need your help identifying two women accused of using credit cards stolen from Planet Fitness. Police said on Monday, Aug. 19, just before 8 p.m., a woman wearing a stripped shirt and khaki pants entered the facility claiming she forgot her cellphone in the locker room. While she was in the locker room, two people were victimized. Several credit cards were taken from one of the victims. The two women police need help identifying then went […]

  • Man prosecutors say blackmailed boy to perform sex act in MPD restroom pleads no contest

    MILWAUKEE — A Milwaukee man prosecutors said blackmailed a teen to perform sex acts on him in a police restroom reached a plea deal Wednesday, Aug. 21 in three open cases filed against him. Terrell Harris, 20, entered a no contest plea to one count of child sexual exploitation — employ, use, induce, by person under 18 years of age, filed in May 2018. He also pleaded guilty to one count of battery to injunction petitioner filed in November 2017. […]

  • Sentencing delayed until October for Jordan Fricke, convicted in shooting of Officer Rittner

    MILWAUKEE — The sentencing date for Jordan Fricke, 27, of Milwaukee, convicted in the February shooting death of Milwaukee Police Officer Matthew Rittner, was pushed back to October on Wednesday, Aug. 21. Fricke was in court Wednesday for a status of counsel hearing, during which the court discussed the new attorney just appointed for Fricke. The defense requested a new sentencing date, and the state did not object. The sentencing date was moved  from Aug. 29 to Oct. 18. On […]

  • Mexican Fiesta

    ‘We have plans for a safe Fiesta:’ Police investigate threat of shooting at Mexican Fiesta

    MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee police confirmed they’re investigating a threat against Mexican Fiesta, Aug. 23-25 at Maier Festival Park, but organizers said they’re not letting it get in the way. “We’re taking this seriously, but we are continuing the event, and want to make sure that everybody knows that everything is being done to have a safe event,” said Ruben Burgos, Hispanic Scholarship Foundation of Wisconsin. The message that was shared online came to the attention of organizers on Saturday. It […]

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