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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


Recent Articles
  • St. Louis child killed by huge wave while family vacations on Alabama coast

    FORT MORGAN, AL – A 10-year-old child from St. Louis was killed after a large wave knocked a beach log in front of the condo his family was vacationing in. The Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office reports that the log toppled onto the boy, killing him. They arrived on the scene for a possible drowning at around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. The child walked outside the condo earlier this morning during a walk with his family. His father tells investigators that the […]

  • Belleville man identified as suspect in Virginia congressional baseball practice shooting

    ST. LOUIS — Law enforcement reports that the suspect that fired at a Republican staffers and Congressmen at baseball practice Wednesday morning is a man from Illinois. The suspect was identified as James T. Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville. The shooter’s injuries were described as serious. President Donald Trump said Hodgkinson died. Hodgkinson owns a home inspection business. His license expired in November 2016 and was not renewed, state records show. The Washington Post talked to an acquaintance of Hodgkinson.  He tells […]

  • Rockford Beach Park closed following drowning of 14-year-old student

    JEFFERSON COUNTY, MO – Rockford Beach Park is closed until further review following the drowning of 14-year-old Devon Lavelle Cotton. Cotton went missing while swimming in the Big River on Wednesday, May 31. His body was discovered downstream of Rockford Beach near House Springs, MO. The victim’s family tells FOX 2 that two boaters spotted a body and alerted family members who were at the beach. Two of the boy’s uncles boated out and confirmed that the body was Cotton’s. They […]

  • St. Louis begins process to remove Confederate monument from Forest Park

    ST. LOUIS – There were protests at the monument Tuesday night in Forest Park. Wednesday, with no warning, workers set up a barricade around the Confederate monument to create a 50 foot perimeter. Workers then used a bucket truck to take down the Confederate drive street sign. Koran Addo tells FOX 2 that this is the first step in removing the monument. Engineers will need to figure out the best way to take the monument down. This could take weeks to […]

  • Police: Suspect fatally shot after exchange of gunfire with SWAT team in south St. Louis

    ST. LOUIS — Police shot and killed a suspect during a standoff with the SWAT team in south St. Louis. Officers tell FOX 2 that the shooting happened in the 5400 block of south Kingshighway. The 21-year-old white male suspect died from the gunshot wound.  His mother identifies the suspect as Isaiah Hammett. Hammett was part of an investigation into drug sales. They believe the he was involved in criminal activity.  Police say he has a criminal past. They did […]

  • O’Fallon police search for parents after finding toddler

    O’FALLON, MO – Police are searching for the parents of a toddler found in the Country Life Subdivision on Vine Street.  The O’Fallon Missouri Police Department’s Facebook page describes the 2-year-old as having blonde hair with brown eyes. He is wearing a blue and gray striped shirt and orange shorts. An update from police says the child has been identified. They are ow conducting an investigation into the circumstances that led the child to go wandering. Police said that they are […]

  • Teen missing in river at Rockford Beach Park in Jefferson County

    JEFFERSON COUNTY, MO (KPLR) – Emergency crews search for a missing teen in water at Rockford Beach Park in Jefferson County. The 14-year-old male is described as a weak swimmer from the city. He was in the Big River near some rapids and got sucked under. Authorities say there is a cave under the water near where the teen went missing. The current from the river can suck people and objects into the cave. Searchers are in boats dragging lines […]

  • Protecting Missouri trout from flood waters

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – The recent flooding events not only caused major disruptions in everyday life, they also posed a big threat to the trout at the Conservation Department’s Meramec spring hatchery. Hatchery manager Wes Swee talks about special measures staff took to protect the fish. Where is the hatchery located? • In Maramec Spring Park, on Highway 8, 6 miles east of St. James • Park run by the James Foundation • Contains the 5th largest spring in […]

  • Couple charged in toddler’s death after ‘wrestling moves’

    JEFFERSON COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – A woman and her boyfriend have been arrested for the murder of a two-year-old. Police accused the child’s mother, 19-year-old Cheyenne Cook, and 24-year-old Richard Gamache Jr. of torturing the child. They said the toddler, identified as Addie Cook, died days after Gamache performed “wrestling moves” on her. Police responded to the 3800 block of Dorchester Court in House Springs on May 16 to help with EMS. A child was having seizures and was taken to […]

  • Suspect flees from officer after fight turns into shooting in north St. Louis County

    VELDA CITY, MO (KPLR) – The search for a suspect has been called off after an officer involved shooting in north St. Louis County.  Just after 11:00 a.m. Monday, a Velda City police officer responded to a house in the 2200 block of Lucas & Hunt Road for a domestic disturbance. He found that a fight was ongoing in the front yard. The officer saw that one man was hiding an item behind his leg and ordered the suspect to drop it. […]

  • First official Nutella cafe set to open in Chicago

    CHICAGO — The first-ever official cafe dedicated to all things Nutella is coming to Michigan Ave. in downtown Chicago, according to WGN. Owned and operated by Ferrero, the makers of Nutella, the permanent cafe will offer an “array of all-day dishes and go-to options,” the company announced Tuesday. Among the “authentic” menu items inspired by the hazelnut-chocolate spread’s Italian origins will be warm baguettes and gelato, all topped with Nutella. For those who have nut allergies or just want something else there will […]

  • School bus crashes into ravine on I-44 near Lindbergh; many children injured

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – A school bus hit a guardrail and went into a ravine east of the Lindbergh exit on westbound I-44 at around 8 a.m. Thursday. There were at least 7-8 ambulances called to the scene at the time of the crash. First responders called this a mass casualty accident, meaning many children were injured. The bus was traveling from the city of St. Louis to Hanna Woods elementary in Manchester.  The Missouri Highway Patrol says that a white truck and a red car […]