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‘Public Schools Suck!’ Says Reporter Who Won Emmy for Public School Report

WITI reporter Meghan Dwyer recently took home an Emmy for “Scared at School,” her report about Milwaukee public schools not taking bullying seriously.

Dwyer started her acceptance speech by saying, “This is for all the kids that are bullied. Seriously, public schools suck. They’re horrible. They need to be held accountable.”

John LaPorte, VP of news for the Milwaukee FOX affiliate, told TVSpy, “We are proud of the work Meghan has done at FOX 6. Her comments during an acceptance speech for one of two Emmy awards she won were unfortunate and misplaced.”

LaPorte went on to say, “We have spoken with Meghan at length and she has made it very clear that she misspoke as she was caught up in the excitement of the evening.”​

Before awkwardly walking off stage after the crowd began turning against her, she softened her stance a bit by saying, “I love public schools my kids will go there, but they need work.”

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WITI Investigation Helps Prove False Arrest, Sparks Federal Lawsuit

Milwaukee FOX affiliate WITI is being credited for helping a woman prove she had been falsely accused of drunk driving by a Milwaukee County Sheriff’s deputy.

WITI reports, Tanya Weyker recently filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke and four of his deputies. Weyker’s lawyer said WITI discovered a key piece of evidence proving police were in the wrong.

The lawsuit comes two months after a FOX6 investigation showed Sheriff’s Deputy Joseph Quiles T-boned Weyker’s Toyota Camry and then lied about who caused the crash.

Weyker admitted to having a few sips of a friend’s drink that night — and nothing more.

Her injuries were too severe to perform field sobriety tests.

Sheriff’s Deputy Scott Griffin arrested Weyker anyway — and cited her for driving drunk, even though blood tests would later prove Weyker had no alcohol or drugs in her system. Read more

Weather and Crime: It’s What They’re Watching in Milwaukee

tv_304Milwaukee Journal Sentinel TV critic Duane Dudek watched the first 10 minutes of his local stations’ newscasts then broke each down into five categories of what they reported: violent crime, other crime, weather and accidents.

All stations aired variations of the same stories Monday night, but in different order and with different running times. All stations’ lead story involved the night’s frisky storm front and footage of a Nebraska tornado. Other stories included discovery of human remains at N. 13th St. and W. Juneau Ave.; increased police presence after a shooting at a convenience store, and interviews with the young girl injured in the shooting; and several traffic accidents.

The stations came out heavily weighted towards violent crime. According to Dudek, FOX affiliate WITI won the night and also led the other stations in violent crime reporting with 50.5 percent of its first ten minutes devoted to the subject. Connection? Who knows. Interesting? You bet.

WDJT-TV (Channel 58)

Violent crime: 45.6%

Other crime: 11.8%

Weather: 11.1%

Accidents: 6.8%

Other: 23.8%

Followed by: 2-minute, 44-second weather segment

Story no one else had: School drug-testing policy

Lead story after weather: Human remains found

See the other stations after the jump. Read more

Anne State Leaving Milwaukee FOX Affiliate

state witiAnne State is leaving Milwaukee FOX affiliate WITI.

According to Milwaukee Journal Sentinel media writer Duane Dudek, news director John LaPorte told WITI staffers State’s last day will be July 30. She’s reportedly headed to the West Coast.

State started at WITI in September 2010. She previously worked at WBBM in Chicago and KNSD in San Diego.

KCTV Meteorologist Leaving for Milwaukee

tom wachsKCTV meteorologist Tom Wachs is leaving the Kansas City CBS affiliate to work for WITI in Milwaukee.

According to The Kansas City Star, Wachs said the chance to work with WITI chief meteorologist Vince Condella was “a dream come true for me.” He wrote on his facebook page, “I have the amazing opportunity to work with my mentor growing up, and the guy who I imitated when I was 6 years old.”

KCTV news director Larry Perret told The Kansas City Star he’s already looking for Wach’s replacement even though the station has four meteorologists on staff.

Wachs started at KCTV in June 2008. He has also worked in Johnson City, TN, and at KNOP in North Platte, NE.

Jessob Reisbeck Joins WITI as Morning Anchor

Jessob Reisbeck has joined Milwaukee FOX affiliate WITI as morning anchor. Reisbeck replaces Shawn Patrick who left the Milwaukee FOX affiliate Friday, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Reisbeck, who worked at Fresno, CA, FOX affiliate KMPH, gained fame as the reporter whose interview with Kai, the hatchet wielding hitchhiker, went viral. Kai is now facing murder charges in New Jersey.

The Journal Sentinel reports Reisbeck’s first broadcast on WITI will be Wednesday. Reisbeck signed off from KMPH June 2, telling viewers he was returning to his roots in Wisconsin. You can watch the video of his goodbye after the jump. Read more

Reporter Henry Rosoff Joins KIRO From WITI

After three years at WITI in Milwaukee, Henry Rosoff is joining KIRO in Seattle, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel‘s Duane Dudek.

“I don’t want this to be seen as me fleeing Milwaukee,” Rosoff told Dudek. “I would have been happy to stay. Since the beginning, (WITI) put me on out front . . . in so many big stories. I would have had no fears about staying. It would have been the safe move.”

Rosoff starts today at CBS-affiliated KIRO, where he will be a general assignment reporter.

‘Bad Dancing & Bad Judgement’: WITI Pulls Promo With Reporter Dancing at Fire Scene

On Monday we told you about a WITI promo video that included a clip of a reporter dancing at the scene of a fatal fire. It seems that station management agreed with 84 percent of our readers that thought the promo video should be taken down. Shortly after we posted our poll yesterday, the video disappeared from the WITI website.

“Bad dancing & bad judgement,” one reader wrote.

“Yes morning shows are lighter fare but for this woman to be dancing at the scene of a fire where three children died is an example of a perfect embarrassment,” another reader said. “Where did common sense and good judgement go?”

“Either the news director or the promotions director has got to be axed,” another wrote.

“Morning shows have to get a little silly so people will watch. They can’t make the whole show somber every time somebody dies. People die EVERY DAY on the news. Do you think reporters just sit and cry between live shots when the story is sad?” a dissenting reader wrote. “Lighten. Up.”

WITI Criticized For Promo Showing Reporter Dancing at Scene of Fatal Fire

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel TV critic Duane Dudek takes note of a recent WITI promotional video, noting the “thin line between news and entertainment got a little thinner” at the Fox affiliate last week.

The promo, which is of WITI‘s morning anchors and reporters doing the “Dougie,” includes one clip of reporter Angelica Duria dancing at the scene of her live shot Friday. The problem? She was reporting from the scene of a fire that resulted in the death of three children. (Watch the promo online here; WITI’s video player does not allow embedding.) >Update: the promo has been removed from WITI’s website.

“We have been working to make parts of FOX 6 Wake Up more fun and spontaneous — especially near the end of the show as we transition into ‘Real Milwaukee.’  We have tried to involve all of the crew and staff,” WITI general manager Chuck Steinmetz said in a statement. “While I personally received multiple positive comments from viewers about the segment — one person specifically thanking us for getting their day off to a fun start before going to work — we never intended to offend anyone. If we did we certainly apologize.”

What do you think? Should the station take down the promo? Vote below.

‘It’s Snowing and It Sucks Here.’ Milwaukee Reporter Sums Up Live Shot

WITI reporter Angelica Duria let everyone in the FOX Milwaukee affiliate’s viewing audience know what she really thought about doing a live shot in the falling snow.

Speaking with the anchors of “Real Milwaukee” who were warm and dry in the studio, Duria started slipping into “uh-oh” land after responding to anchor Nicole Koglin talking about what Duria was eating. Read more

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