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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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    Missouri State University Quarterback cited for animal cruelty

    SPRINGFIELD, MO – Missouri State University quarterback Breck Ruddick has been cited for animal abuse after a health department investigation. He’s ticketed for animal cruelty and letting a dog roam at large. Ruddick is accused of beating Luca, an Australian Shepherd he was dog-sitting. Veterinarians found Luca’s jaw was broken and her molars fractured. After a four-hour surgery, Luca had to have six teeth removed and her mouth stitched up to repair the damage. The Springfield-Greene County Health Department released […]

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    Fans post horrible Facebook reviews of Rams’ stadium in Los Angeles

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – The Rams now call the LA Coliseum home after spending 20 years in St. Louis. They played their first regular NFL season game there on Sunday and many fans are not happy with the venue. Facebook reviews of the stadium are filled with concerns over, fights, the excessive heat, crowded concourses, and poor service. Fights broke out in the stands during preseason games at the Coliseum. Police were called in to break up a fight […]

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    Angelina Jolie files for divorce from Brad Pitt – TMZ

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – “Brangelina” is over. TMZ reports that Angelina Jolie is filing for divorce from Brad Pitt over, “irreconcilable differences.” Sources tell TMZ that Jolie’s decision to file for divorce has to do with Pitt’s parenting style. She is very upset with his methods. Jolie is asking for physical custody of the couple’s six children. She does not want Pitt to have joint physical custody, only joint legal custody. The date of separation as listed as September […]

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    Nationwide arrest alert set for Edwardsville man accused of kidnapping teen and infant

    Update:  West Virginia state police report a sighting of the green 1997 Mercury Villager minivan in Charleston on I-77 South. EDWARDSVILLE, IL (KPLR) – Police are still looking for a man who they suspect abducted his 13-year-old stepdaughter and her 2-week-old son. Investigators say Katherine Derleth and her son Christopher Ray Derleth are believed to be with Katherine’s stepfather, 39-year-old Christoper Derleth. Christopher Derleth has been charged with aggravated kidnapping, a class X felony. It refers to the removal of the baby from the […]

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    Two Good Samaritans wrestle Franklin County crook from ATV and take his shotgun

    FRANKLIN COUNTY, MO (KPLR) – Two Good Samaritans stopped a man accused of stealing a shotgun and an ATV. Sheriff Gary Toelke tells FOX 2 that the men captured the criminal after he crashed through a work zone Tuesday afternoon. The entire incident was caught on video. Police say that Leslie Rector, 21, stole an ATV and a shotgun from his father’s Franklin County home. He is accused of being involved in a domestic dispute at the home located  in […]

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    St. Louis Cardinals to open 2017 season at Busch Stadium

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – The Cardinals have announced their 2017 regular season schedule. The team will open the 2017 at home for the first time since 2011. The Cards will be playing the Cubs on Monday, April 3rd. The April 3rd season opener with the Cubs will be the first game of a three-game series with the Cubs and a season-opening six-game home stand that will also include three games against the Cincinnati Reds (April 7-9). The season opener […]

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    Missouri American Water issues boil order for large area of St. Louis County

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – Missouri American Water has issued a boil order for over 32 municipalities and parts of unincorporated St. Louis County.  About 85,000 customers have been affected. They say that a power outage at Chesterfield treatment plant caused water pressure to drop in the area. The area is largely north of I-44.  See the full list of affected areas below.  A detailed map is posted here. The boil order could last into Wednesday afternoon.  The water company […]

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    Police chase north St. Louis County armed robbery suspects into South City

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – A police chase that started in Jennings wound into South City Thursday afternoon. The suspects are wanted for an armed robbery and may still have a handgun.  Police are still looking for the vehicle. The chase started in Jennings and twisted through St. Louis to South City.  The vehicle was last seen near I-55 and Gasconade.  Police gave up the pursuit at that location. Please call 911 if you see a white four door Chevy vehicle with […]

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    Gas leak shuts down I-270 between Olive and Page

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – Police are shutting down I-270 between Olive and Page for a gas leak.  Both directions of the highway are shut down as crews work on restoring service. St. Louis County Police say that the gas leak is at the intersection King Carey and Tempo. The neighborhood is located near the highway.  There have been no reports of evacuations at this point. It is not clear what caused the leak or how long the highway is going […]

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    Soulard Oktoberfest is cancelled for 2016

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – You’ll have to go somewhere else for polka music and bratwurst this October. Soulard is cancelling this year’s Oktoberfest. Festival organizer John McKinstry Jr., who launched the annual party in 2004, had been plagued by financial instability and lawsuits over the last few years. According to reports in The Riverfront Times and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, McKinstry settled a lawsuit with American Express in 2012 on a $57,000 debt spread over three different credit cards. […]

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    Woman shoots, kills man in O’Fallon, MO home invasion

    O’FALLON, MO (KPLR) – A woman in O’Fallon, Missouri, shoots and kills a man inside her home. Police are still at the scene. The initial police call was for a burglary in progress just after 12pm in the 1200 block of Little Brave Drive. That was at 12:10 this afternoon. But neighbors report hearing a series of loud thumps or bangs, like someone beating a carpet at least a half hour earlier. They’re wondering if what they heard was gunfire. […]

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    12-year-old dies after hit-and-run in south St. Louis

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – A 12-year-old struck by a vehicle Tuesday night in a south St. Louis neighborhood has died. Clinton Vorce died from his injuries early Wednesday morning at the hospital. Vorce was walking westbound on Delor around 8:40 p.m. Tuesday. He was struck by a red four door Audi when he tried to cross the street at Gravois. Police said the vehicle was travelling northbound on Gravois at a high rate of speed and did not stop […]