When Katrina Cravy signs off from FOX 6 on Oct. 12, it will mark the end of a 20-year chapter in her life, but another one is about to open. While the 46-year-old anchor, reporter and host has been a fixture at her station for almost 18 years, she's preparing to embark on a career at a media relations consultant, speaker and author.
Jessica Tighe is an appreciative person. While the Elm Grove native has worked in West Virginia, the Quad Cities and La Crosse, now she's home and co-anchoring the morning news on CBS 58. Ask Tighe how it feels and she actually gets goose bumps: "I have family here. I'm invested in this market," she says with a smile.
The lead in, or the show on before the news, is usually considered to be the most important show to help boost the local viewership ratings. But, what's on during late fringe is a close second.
Shelby Croft was following the playbook for most television reporters. She jumped from market to market, position to position, ultimately serving as a main anchor in Salt Lake. But Croft knew there was something more in life than market size. She moved to Milwaukee to get closer to home. She got married, had a daughter ... then got divorced. A single mom with a high-profile job, Croft's story is an interesting one.
Dave Begel has been there. In 1985, he was the managing editor at Channel 12 news when a Midwest Express plane crashed shortly after takeoff from Mitchell Field. In this commentary, he explains the process and some of the dynamics that take place during an event of this kind.
Whether it's behind the anchor desk or standing in a blizzard, WMTJ-4 reporter Melissa McCrady has made a career of being versatile. The Cleveland native is comfortable in any role at her station; it's something her viewers have noticed, too. We recently caught up with McCrady over coffee to talk about star power and prison letters, her favorite Milwaukee restaurants and her decision to stay in town.
If the only Brad Hicks you know is the one you see on FOX 6 news, you're only getting part of the story. Hicks admits he doesn't take his job too seriously, and sometimes, his sense of humor shows. But Hicks has a serious side, too. He came close to competing in the Olympics but a life-changing moment suddenly ended that career, and he is working on several dramatic novels. We delve into Hicks' story in this latest Milwaukee Talks.
Craig Koplien understands the gripes against overblown TV weather coverage. But he's also seen the ratings, which prove that people are tuning in when a chance of flurries sends weathermen into a tizzy.
Should newscasters show their team colors while on the air?
When severe storms hit, like they did last night, we turn to the TV weathermen that we ridicule for much of the year.
FOX 6 anchor and reporter Jake Miller made several stops in TV news before landing in Milwaukee. The Indy native worked his way up to this market, but he's happy he's here -- though the Harley rider moved to town just after the 105th celebration in 2008. We caught up with Miller last week to discuss his career, his hobbies and more in this latest Milwaukee Talks.
When George Mallet left Philadelphia for Milwaukee's WTMJ-4, he knew he was making a career move in the right direction. Not only was Milwaukee love at first sight for the anchor / reporter, but the chance to work at a top station in this city -- versus an understaffed FOX affiliate in Philly -- was too good to resist.
Shari Dunn, the new morning anchor of the CBS 58 morning news, didn't follow a regular career path to wind up working in her hometown. Before the Nicolet and Marquette grad landed a job in TV in Milwaukee, she worked as an attorney here in town, in Washington and in New York. We caught up with her in this Milwaukee Talks.
Veteran journalist Mike Gousha officially returns to Milwaukee TV this Sunday, hosting a news magazine called "UP Front with Mike Gousha" on WISN-TV.
In this latest Milwaukee Talks, we caught up Mike Gousha to discuss his career, his love of Milwaukee, his future plans -- and why he left the most coveted job on local television.