• Follow me on:

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
  • Police search for owner of bag containing infant’s bones

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – Police are asking the public for help to identify the owner of a leather bag. The bag contained the bones of an infant.   If you have information of any kind on the bag, whether it is brand, place of purchase, or potential ownership, please contact the St. Louis County Police Department. The duffle was discovered in a north St. Louis County subdivision lake on April 15th. People fishing behind homes in the 20th block of […]

  • Two Laclede Gas workers and gunman killed in west St. Louis shooting

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – Police say that three men are dead after a shooting in west St. Louis at around 11:15 a.m. The shooting happened a a Laclede Gas work site in the 5900 block of Minerva in the Hamilton Heights neighborhood. Investigators are calling the random shooting a murder suicide. Police say the suspect walked up to one of the workers at a job site and shot and killed him. The other worker came out of the backhoe […]

  • Teen gunned down during University City drive-by shooting

    UNIVERSITY CITY, MO (KPLR) – One teen is dead and two others are injured after a drive-by shooting Wednesday morning. Police are looking for the suspects. Captain Frederick Lemons says police received a 911 call at around 10:30 a.m. about shots fired in the 8300 block of Braddock. Police found a 17-year-old boy lying on the sidewalk, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. They found two other teens in the area with minor injuries. Victims and witnesses tell police that two people […]

  • Missouri River expected to get 16 million gallons of wastewater from St. Joseph

    ST. JOSEPH, MO (KPLR) – The Missouri River is expected to get 16 million gallons of untreated wastewater from the City of St. Joseph next week. The St. Joseph News-Press reports that repairs to a treatment plant are expected to last 48 hours. The waste discharge should start on Tuesday at 6:30 a.m. It isn’t clear when the water will arrive in the St. Charles and St. Louis areas. The city’s assistant director of Public Works and Transportation tells the […]

  • Suspect charged in overnight MetroLink murder

    NORMANDY, MO (KPLR) – Police have charged a man after a fatal shooting on a MetroLink train overnight. It happened around 11:15 p.m. at the UMSL South Station located at 7790 Natural Bridge. The St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office has charged Djion Oates, 18, with second-degree murder, armed criminal action, and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm. Oates is from the 6700 block of Thurston in Berkeley. Court records indicate a prior arrest as an adult. In August, […]

  • Workers wrangle cattle in north St. Louis after slaughterhouse escape

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – Police and personnel from the Humane Society of Missouri spent hours Thursday afternoon trying to capture several cattle after they escaped from a north St. Louis slaughterhouse. Six cattle escaped from the Star Packing Company in the 3800 block of Cote Brilliante Avenue around 1:30 p.m. A handler forgot to latch the trailer and the cattle escaped. The owner said they bring the cattle over from Illinois and house them at their facility in the city for about […]

  • Chuck Berry’s family announces St. Louis funeral arrangements

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – The family of Chuck Berry, has announced his funeral arrangements.  It will take place in his hometown of St. Louis on Sunday April 9, 2017. A is viewing open to the public to pay their final respects. It is from 8:00 am until noon at The Pageant Concert Club located at 6161 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63112. The service celebrating his life will follow, but due to limited seating, will be for family, friends […]

  • Researchers forecast St. Louis as a hotspot for Zika transmission

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – Researchers at Saint Louis University say that the City of St. Louis and St. Clair County, Illinois, are among the areas considered at high risk for transmission of Zika infection following a study to predict high risk areas for Zika transmission. The bulls-eye of predicted Zika transmission is the Mississippi delta. An article in the American Journal of Public Health by Saint Louis University researchers says the virus is also likely to be transmitted in […]

  • 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 […]