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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
  • Will St. Louis Lambert Airport go private? Mayor submits preliminary application to FAA

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – Will Lambert Airport go private? A release from St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay says that the city has submitted a preliminary application to the Federal Aviation Administration’s Airport Privatization Pilot Program. The FAA says that the program is designed to allow, “Select U.S. airports to generate access to sources of private capital for airport improvement and development. The results aim to improve operational efficiencies, allow for private sector innovation, and free up airport revenue for […]

  • High speed police chase winds from St. Louis County to downtown

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Suspects in a stolen vehicle are leading police on a high speed chase through St. Louis. Officers from Bel Ridge are in pursuit of a gray Chevy Malibu on I-70 reportedly travelling at 90mph. The chase started in St. Louis County and the suspects went eastbound on I-70 to downtown. The chase then wound around side streets. The police pursuit ended at West Florissant and Riverview. All suspects are in custody. There is no word on […]

  • Endangered person advisory issued for missing Ferguson teen

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – The Ferguson Police Department has issued an Endangered Person Advisory for a 17-year-old girl. They say Willow Lynn Canaday went missing at around 8 p.m. Monday. She lives in the 1500 block of Starlight Drive. Canaday went to bed at around 7 p.m. after an argument with her parents. She wasn’t in her room when her parents went to check on her; they found a suicide note. Police say that Canaday suffers from ADHD, depression, […]

  • Legendary Rock ‘n Roll Musician Chuck Berry dies at 90

    ST. CHARLES, MO (KPLR) – Police say that legendary rock n’ roll musician Chuck Berry has died at the age of 90-years-old. First responders were called to a medical emergency on Buckner Road at about 12:40pm Saturday. They found an unresponsive man inside the home. They started administering lifesaving techniques. St. Charles Police say he could not be revived. Berry was pronounced dead at 1:26pm. St. Charles Police sat they have confirmed the identity of the man to be Charles […]

  • German flight diverted to St. Louis; 192 passengers deplane

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – A flight from Germany made an unscheduled landing at St. Louis Lambert Airport Wednesday afternoon. The Condor airlines 767 was travelling from Frankfurt to Cancun Mexico when a fuel leak was reported. The plan landed safely in St. Louis. All 192 passengers have been taken off of the flight and are now going through international customs at Lambert. Condor does not fly out of St. Louis. It is not clear if the plane will stay […]

  • Police arrest wanted man at Collinsville hotel

    COLLINSVILLE, IL (KPLR) – There was heavy police presence at the America’s Best Value Inn in Collinsville Tuesday morning. The SWAT Team and several officers were stationed in front of hotel rooms with guns drawn. Two people came out of two rooms. One of them surrendered to police. A robot was sent into the room to investigate. Collinsville Police tweet, “CPD in cooperation with ILEAS took a wanted felon into custody this morning at America’s Best Inn. No one injured. No shots fired. All […]

  • Missing Chesterfield teen jumped out of window

    CHESTERFIELD, MO (KPLR) – Police are looking for a missing 16-year-old boy who is bipolar, autistic, and has ADHD. Wesley Naylor’s mother tells KPLR 11 that he jumped out of his bedroom window at around noon Sunday. He has not been seen since. Wesley is described as a white male, 5’9″ tall, 130 lbs, with dirty blonde hair, and hazel eyes. He was wearing a black Under Armour shirt, blue jeans and a blue/green/light blue plaid hoodie. A report with Chesterfield […]

  • St. Louis man charged with making threats to Jewish Community Centers nationwide

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – A federal judge has charged a St. Louis man with making bomb threats against Jewish organizations across the country as part of his efforts to harass his ex-girlfriend. Juan Thompson, 31, is charged with cyberstalking. Prosecutors say he tried to intimidate a woman by threatening JCCs across the country. The cyberstalking charge means Thompson faces a maximum sentence of 5 years in prison. The FBI and US Attorney’s Office in New York began investigating a […]

  • Daylight reveals extent of tornado damage near Perryville

    PERRYVILLE, MO (KPLR) – Meteorologist Chris Higgins was on the scene shortly after strong winds blew cars and trucks off I-55 near mile marker 135 at around 8 p.m. Tuesday. He is still in the area early Wednesday morning to survey the damage in the daylight. The severe storm left one person dead. The victim of the fatal crash during a tornado on I-55 has been identified as Travis M. Koenig, 24, from Perryville. According to Missouri State Highway Patrol, Koenig’s car […]

  • Nelly grabs Mike Piazza after St. Louis food snub

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – Major League Hall of Famer Mike Piazza may be the best hitting catcher to ever play the game. But it’s his shot at St. Louis that has our attention this morning. During an interview about his recent purchase of a soccer club in Italy he was asked about MLS expanding to St. Louis. “I’d rather be poor in Italy than based in St. Louis. You can’t get a good meal there!” said Mike Piazza. He […]

  • Police say there were 45 arrests at Mardi Gras in St. Louis

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – Thousands of people descended on Soulard last weekend to celebrate the 38th annual Mardi Gras. The pre-Lent party is the second largest in the United States. St. Louis police say that there were a total of 45 arrests this Saturday. There were 52 summons issued on Saturday. St. Louis City police released these totals: Minor in Possession – 38 summonses issued False Identification – 8 summonses issued General Peace Disturbance – 2 summonses issued Selling […]

  • Wife of slain St. Louis County officer to attend President Trump’s address to congress

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – The widow of murdered St. Louis County Police Officer Blake Snyder is headed to Washington DC. Elizabeth Snyder posted to Facebook last week that she has been invited to sit in house chambers Tuesday for President Trump’s address to congress. Snyder says she’s honored and cannot wait to find out what the President has in store, especially for law enforcement. Elizabeth Snyder writes in a post to Facebook: “A week from tomorrow President Trump will […]