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I’m the Emmy award winning Executive Producer of Interactive Content for KTVI and KPLR television. My team runs the top websites and social media in St. Louis. I write a lot of breaking news stories, produce viral videos and manage our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.

During high school I started working at KFXB-TV in Dubuque Iowa as a production assistant. After attending Webster University in St. Louis I landed a job at WRSP/WCCU In Springfield Illinois. Then, I made the move to a larger market at WSTR in Cincinnati, Ohio.

In 2006 I was able to move back to St. Louis to work at KPLR. Eventually I found my niche as the head of KPLR’s web department. I started working as a web producer at KTVI in 2008 after the stations entered a shared services agreement. Now, I am the head of the web department and a member of management at the stations.

Breaking news is now the focus of my attention. My team is often the first to confirm a story and alert our audience through our apps, social media and e-mail newsletters. We work with newscast producers to bridge the gap between online and on-air elements. My work during the protests following the shooting of Michael Brown led to an Emmy for breaking news.

Are you looking for an internship? I manage the program for the stations. We have had many talented students gain experience and go on to careers in broadcast news. Typically our interns work with the web department, help with the 9am newscast and shadow our investigative unit. Apply here.

Experience and experimenting with web content makes my days fly by. We throw a lot of spaghetti at the wall. Sometimes something sticks and goes viral. I enjoy touching so many people’s lives through their phones, tablets, browsers and televisions.

If you’re having a problem with the website I can help you find a story, fix a typo or get you in contact with our assignment desk. Please follow me on Facebook or Twitter to get an insider’s view into a newsroom.

Want to send me a news tip? E-mail: joe.millitzer@tvstl.com


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    Coaches help college basketball player battling terminal cancer check item off bucket list

    PROVO, Utah — Former BYU basketball player Melanie Day went from scoring buckets to making a bucket list after she was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer a year and a half ago. “I was given about two to three years to live,” Day said. After the deadly diagnosis, Day started living every day like it’s her last. “One of my items on my bucket list was to attend the North Carolina at Duke Men’s basketball game,” Day told Fox13. […]

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    Hundreds of area businesses close for St. Louis ice storm

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – Hundreds of area businesses are closed because of the icy weather. All area Dierbergs grocery stores will be closing early Friday. The company posted this statement to Twitter, “Due to inclement weather and icy road conditions, all Dierbergs stores will be closing today at 6:30pm so our associates can get home safely.” Several area malls are closing early on Friday after icy weather moves into St. Louis. Mid Rivers Mall, South County Center and West County […]

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    Stolen vehicle crashes before officer-involved shooting in north St. Louis

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – St. Louis police responded to the scene of an officer-involved shooting in the Lewis Place neighborhood of north city. The shooting occurred around 1 p.m. in the 4500 block of Page Boulevard near the intersection with N. Taylor Avenue. St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson said two officers were patrolling the area with a license plate reader. It identified a stolen vehicle driving near the intersection of GoodFellow and Page. The officers started tailing the vehicle. They […]

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    Endangered person advisory issued for missing 11-year-old from St. Louis County

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – The state of Missouri has issued an Endangered Person Advisory for a missing 11-year-old. The St. Louis County Police Department says that Abreeyon Wilson ran away from an evangelical children’s home in north St. Louis County on Tuesday. Wilson was last seen at the facility located in the 8200 block of St. Charles Rock Road on January 3rd at around 5pm. He is a resident of the “Every Child’s Hope” children’s home. He was last […]

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    ‘Welfare for millionaires’ – Greitens says taxpayers should not pay for St. Louis soccer stadium

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – St. Louis may soon become a Major League Soccer market. The Gateway to the west is a frontrunner in 10 markets competing for four 2020 expansion slots. That is putting a lot of pressure on the city to build a new stadium. Proposals are asking for millions in taxpayer dollars to foot the bill. This has caught the attention of Missouri’s new Republican Governor elect. Eric Greitens posts to Facebook, “I’m opposed to spending taxpayer […]

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    Fire forces evacuation at Missouri S&T campus in Rolla

    ROLLA, MO (KPLR) – A fire on the Missouri University of Science and Technology  campus forced some evacuations Thursday afternoon. The fire was at Emerson Electrical Engineering building. Thick black smoke could be seen billowing into the air. Mary Helen Stoltz with Missouri S&T says that the fire is in the A/C unit on the Emerson building. Power has been shut off to the Emerson building and the surrounding buildings. Those buildings have been evacuated. Classes in those buildings have been cancelled. […]

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    ‘Contact 911’: Missouri woman writes message for help on package

    ROBERTSVILLE, MO (KPLR) – “Contact 911” was the message written on a package being sent from a Franklin County home. A woman gave the package to a delivery truck driver at around 11:20am Tuesday. The driver contacted police and they responded to a home in the 6000 block of Willow Ford Road. The Franklin County Sheriff’s office says a 3-year-old also lives in the home. Deputies spoke with a woman who lives at there. They say that she was cooperative. […]

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    ‘Hatchimals’ arriving at area Wal-Mart stores

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – One of the hottest toys of the season could be in St. Louis area Wal-Mart stores in time for Christmas. A few dozen “Hatchimals,” will be making their way into stores in Festus, Desoto, Farmington, Fredericktown, Perryville and Sullivan. Each store will get a shipment of the popular toy sometime between today and December 19th. Wal-Mart is telling customers to call ahead of time for the toy arrival. Hatchimals are pegged to be this year’s […]

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    Teen charged for using bb-gun to shoot-out car windows in St. Louis city and county

    CLAYTON, MO (KPLR) – A man has been charged with shooting out car windows in St. Louis, Shrewsbury, Maplewood and Clayton. Andre Armstrong, 19, tells police that he and some friends used a bb-gun to damage cars in mid-November. Clayton police tell the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that there was no agenda, they were just having fun. The teen and his friends are accused of damaging 62 vehicles in Clayton on the night of November 13th. A release from the city […]

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    Future First Lady of Missouri speaks about being robbed at gunpoint in St. Louis

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Governor-elect Eric Greitens held a press conference Tuesday morning about several robberies that happened in the Central West End Monday night. His wife, Sheena, was a victim of one of those robberies. St. Louis police say she was sitting in her car, looking at her phone, when a suspect opened her car door and pointed a gun at her. “I am safe. We are incredibly thankful for law enforcement officers and their families; they go out […]

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    Cardinals release 2017 schedule of stadium promotions

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – The Cardinals have released their 2017 promotional schedule. There will be 50 giveaways for ticketed-fans including eight bobbleheads, seven replica jerseys, three replica rings, as well as brand-new items like an adult rhinestone cap (May 21), adult all-over print shirt (June 10), kids baseball glove (June 11) and Mike Shannon Alarm Clock (August 27). More fans will have a chance to take home promotional items. The majority of giveaways will include 30,000 items. Grab your […]

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    ‘Flags of Valor’ from Art Hill available as Christmas gifts

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – Do you want a patriotic gift that also benefits several area charities? Over half of the flags planted on Art Hill this fall to commemorate the 15th anniversary of 9/11 are available. You can get them at 1114 South Brentwood across from the Galleria, along with other memorabilia from November 28 to December 23rd, 2016. The cost? A $60 donation that will benefit military and veteran-related organizations. Each of the 7,000 American flags represents an […]