Milwaukee Talks: FOX 6 anchor and reporter Nicole Koglin
The last time OnMilwaukee.com profiled FOX 6 anchor and reporter Nicole Koglin, the Menomonee Falls native was about to get married. A mere year and a half later, she's pregnant and co-hosting the new and successful morning talk show, "Real Milwaukee," in addition to her continuing duties on the "WakeUp" newscast.
The personality-driven show that is "Real Milwaukee" has proven to be the perfect vehicle for Koglin, 32, who admits that she doesn't have a good poker face: what you see is what you get from the UW-Madison graduate, animal lover and soon-to-be mom.
We caught up with Koglin last week (over decaffeinated coffee, of course) to discuss her changing career, her official postal stamp and putting photos of her womb on live TV. Enjoy this latest Milwaukee Talks.
OnMilwaukee.com: Not everyone gets a second Milwaukee Talks in just two years, but given all the changes in your life, it seems like it was time for an update.
Nicole Koglin: I know!
OMC: I mean, really. Married, pregnant, doing "Real Milwaukee."
NK: So what you're saying is that the article ruined my life? No, I'm just kidding. I'm kind of a black-and-white person. When I decide to do something, I'm not going to do it until I'm ready. I didn't jump into the marriage thing. I took my time with the guy. It sounds like we're rushing things, but we dated for six years. Now I'm 32; I could've pushed off the baby thing for five more years, but I hear it doesn't get easier the older you get. I'm in a good spot, but you're right. It's all or nothing for me.
OMC: "Real Milwaukee" didn't even exist the last time OnMilwaukee.com talked to you, which is interesting, because you have already projected a lot of personality into your "WakeUp" show, anyway. But now, it's all personality, all the time.
NK: Be sorry what you wish for, right? Yeah, this is a neat opportunity because I've always brought that – good or bad. I've always been who I am on the air. That's why the morning show works for me.
OMC: In my research for this interview, I saw a video of you having a wardrobe malfunction. Your necklace falls off, you throw it to this side and keep going without missing a beat. And this was during the news. I found it typical of how you approach your job.
NK: Two things about that. First, that actually happened on New Year's Day, so there were probably two people watching, one of which was sober. And two, the same thing happened at my wedding. Walking down the aisle, I hugged my dad, and my necklace fell to the ground.
OMC: I talked to your colleague Katrina Cravy about the concept of "oversharing" on TV. Well, you just took it up a notch by recently showing a photo of the inside of your womb.
NK: That was a new high, or low, depending on whichever way you want to look at it. Having a kid, people are so nice and genuinely happy for me. It's really very fun. It was something we talked about doing. I didn't want it on the "Real Milwaukee" Facebook page after the fact, though.
OMC: So you just wanted to your womb only on live TV?
NK: What I didn't expect when I showed it, and I have a pretty tough skin, is that I didn't want anyone to insult (my unborn child).
OMC: Is it hard for you to turn on a time, to go from hard news to say, your womb?
NK: I'm off the desk for only a half an hour, so yes, it's difficult, and it's something I struggle with every day. It's probably the hardest part of the job, flipping that switch daily.
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