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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    SANDUSKY, Ohio – A woman working in her Ohio backyard Sunday evening just happened to be using a knife that would end up saving her life. Julia Parsley was cutting zip ties from the fence of her Sandusky home when she said the neighbor’s pit bull got loose, came into her yard and went after her pit bull, Moo Moo, according to WJW. “My neighbor’s dog got loose out of her yard. It attacked my two dogs and it attacked […]

  • Get paid to eat pizza! Company that makes ovens seeks work-from-home part-timers 🍕

    MILWAUKEE — How would you like to get paid to eat pizza? The cookware company Ooni is hiring multiple pizza taste testers to make and then test the pizzas made in the Ooni ovens. As a freelancer, you’ll work from home, part-time, where you’ll be encouraged to make as many different pizza creations as you can. Pay ranges from $300 to $1,000 per day, depending on experience. You can be based anywhere in the world. Ooni officials said their ovens, […]

  • 2 killed in crash at 14th and Pennsylvania in Sheboygan

    SHEBOYGAN — Two drivers were killed in a crash at 14th and Pennsylvania in Sheboygan on Tuesday, Sept. 18. It happened around 3 p.m. Police said a 56-year-old man and a 49-year-old woman died as a result of the crash — which involved two vehicles and no passengers. Police said a parked vehicle was struck as well. The cause is under investigation, but police said preliminary information indicated a medical issue may have led up to it.

  • Recognize her? Surveillance photos shared after break-in at Three Lions Pub

    SHOREWOOD — Officials at Three Lions Pub in Shorewood on Tuesday, Sept. 18 shared surveillance photos of a suspect after a break-in at the business Tuesday afternoon. They said the suspect broke into the staff room and stole employee belongings. If you know or see the woman pictured below, you’re asked to please contact police.

  • Milwaukee man faces charges after donation jar stolen, deputy led on pursuit

    RACINE COUNTY — A Milwaukee man is facing charges after allegedly stealing a donation jar from a gas station before leading law enforcement on a pursuit on Tuesday morning, Sept. 17. Racine County sheriff’s officials said around 8:30 a.m., a deputy on routine patrol heard a dispatch report of the theft of the donation jar at Kwik Trip near State Highway 20 and the East Frontage Road. The deputy soon spotted a vehicle matching the description of the suspect vehicle, […]

  • 16 more confirmed cases of severe bleeding linked to K2 in WI

    MILWAUKEE — The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) on Tuesday, Sept. 18 confirmed 16 more cases of severe bleeding linked to K2 containing rat poison in Wisconsin. The total number of cases is now 80 — with confirmed cases in Dane, Fond du Lac, Milwaukee, Outagamie and Rock counties. DHS officials said the victims have ranged in age from 16 to over 50. There has been one death in Wisconsin associated with this outbreak. Since March, DHS has been investigating […]

  • Mount Pleasant DPW worker hit by car, suffers life-threatening injuries

    MOUNT PLEASANT — A Mount Pleasant Department of Public Works employee was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries after a crash Monday afternoon, Sept. 17. It happened around 1 p.m. on State Highway 31 near Shirley Avenue. According to police, a vehicle driven by a 55-year-old woman from Mount Pleasant was headed northbound on State Highway 31 when her vehicle collided with the DPW worker, who was outside his truck, wearing reflective clothing. The DPW worker was taken to […]

  • ‘Uber of snow plowing:’ SnoHub, now in Milwaukee, seeks part-time employees

    MILWAUKEE — There are job openings on an app that matches snow plow drivers with customers ahead of another Wisconsin winter. SnoHub officials are looking to provide 1,000 part-time jobs to veterans and others looking for extra income. The company is expanding operations into Wisconsin, starting in the Milwaukee area. CEO James Albis said SnoHub has been described as “the Uber of snow plowing.” “It’s on-demand snow clearing when you want it. It puts you, as the customer, in control. […]

  • Woman accusing Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct comes forward

    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court was thrust into turmoil Sunday after the woman accusing him of high school-era sexual misconduct told her story publicly for the first time. Democrats immediately called for a delay in a key committee vote set for this later week and at least one Republican panel member said he’s willing to hear from the woman, but that the confirmation process must not be derailed. The woman, Christine Blasey […]

  • ‘Disappointing:’ Packers, Vikings matchup, with Rodgers at helm, ends in tie

    GREEN BAY — Wide right, times two. Daniel Carlson missed two field goals in overtime, including one from 35 yards as time expired, and the Minnesota Vikings had to settle for a 29-29 tie with the Green Bay Packers after rallying from a late 13-point deficit on Sunday. The rookie’s final attempt went to the right of the uprights, just like his kick from 49 earlier in overtime. Packers kicker Mason Crosby matched a career high with five field goals, […]

  • Man indicted after threats mailed to Jewish Community Center in Whitefish Bay

    WHITEFISH BAY — A 33-year-old man has been indicted by a grand jury — charged with obstruction and attempted obstruction of the free exercise of religious beliefs after threats were mailed to the Jewish Community Center in Whitefish Bay. It happened on three occasions in May. Justice Department officials said the indictment also charges Grubbs with mailing threatening communications and threatening to injure or destroy property by fire and an explosive. He’s currently in custody on state charges. The FBI […]

  • Police: Mother stole fentanyl, oxycodone prescribed to terminally ill daughter

    TROY, Mo. — A Missouri mother is accused of stealing and using medication meant for her terminally ill daughter. According to police, officers were dispatched to a doctor’s office on Monday, Sept. 10, where they learned of concerns of neglect and drug abuse related to a 20-year-old woman who is terminally ill and receiving hospice care. Police learned her mother and primary caregiver, Carol Ballweg had reportedly not been providing fentanyl and oxycodone prescribed for the woman’s pain. Police said […]