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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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    Manhunt underway after baby abduction triggers amber alert

    OVERLAND, MO (KPLR) –  Police are searching for two men after a 9-month-old was abducted in north St. Louis County. Police say the child’s non-custodial father took him Sunday morning.  According to Overland Police Brian Pullen, 40, is a convicted felon and a registered sex offender. He was armed with a shotgun at the time of the abduction. The Amber Alert  for 9-month-old Brian Scott Pullen has been cancelled. He has been found safe in South St. Louis County.  Overland Police […]

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    Homicide detectives investigating fatal shooting of 6-year-old

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – Police are investigating the death of a 6-year-old girl after her body was found early Monday morning. The shooting victim has been identified as Mi’Kenzie Bostic. Homicide detectives have taken over the case as they try to sort out exactly how that tragedy happened. Police say that at around 1:30am the young girl was found shot in the head and had died on the floor in a bedroom. This all unfolded at the 6300 block […]

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    Protesters ‘March to the Arch’ to oppose Trump immigration order

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – Several hundred protesters are gathering in downtown St. Louis Saturday afternoon to “March to the Arch.” CAIR Missouri organized the protest as a, “response to the Trump Administration’s announced Muslim ban.” Protesters have gathered in front of the federal court house in downtown St. Louis at 1:00pm. They are holding a rally and then marching several blocks to the Gateway Arch. CAIR St.Louis is an organization whose mission is to, “enhance understanding of Islam, encourage […]

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    Teacher uses personalized handshakes to connect with each of his students

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — One North Carolina teacher is doing whatever it takes to connect with his students. Fifth-grade teacher Barry White Jr. created personalized handshakes for each of the students in his three literacy classes — and he remembers them all. “The most critical component is the relationship, the rapport you build with your students because sometimes it can go underrated or overlooked,” White told WCNC. “Before I’m able to deliver a substantial amount of content to them, they have to invest […]

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    Slay endorses Alderwoman Lyda Krewson for mayor

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay has endorsed 28th Ward Alderwoman Lyda Krewson. According to our partners at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Slay made the announcement via Krewson’s YouTube account. He believes the candidates are good people who want the best for St. Louis. But he says Lyda Krewson “has what it takes to do the job.” Slay says Krewson understands the complexity of balancing a million-dollar budget. He described her as a leader who is not afraid to make tough […]

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    Madison County parents charged in infant death after deplorable home conditions

    MADISON COUNTY, IL (KPLR) – The parents of a New Douglas baby are facing charges after the infant was found dead Tuesday morning. Timothy and Amy Elkins, 35, face charges of involuntary manslaughter, felony child endangerment, and misdemeanor child endangerment.  Bond for each of the parents is set at $125,000. Deputies with the Madison County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of 2-month-old Matthew. Emergency crews were called to the 400 block of N. Main Street at […]

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    Budweiser releases St. Louis Super Bowl ad – ‘Born the Hard Way’

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    Amended St. Louis Major League Soccer stadium passes after initial defeat

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    Fire at Giovanni’s restaurant on the Hill

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – A fire at Giovanni’s restaurant on the Hill has done heavy damage to the second floor. The St. Louis landmark is located in the 5200 block of Shaw. Firefighters said that two electricians were working in the building before the fire started. St. Louis Fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson said that the fire seems to have been caused by an electrical wiring. The 1st alarm fire started at around 3:45pm Wednesday on the 2nd floor of […]

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    ‘Only in St. Louis’ – Facebook video shows backwards driver on Kingshighway

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – A driver caught someone doing the unthinkable on Kingshighway last Friday and posted the video to Facebook. The clip posted by a user named Demond Champion posted a clip of someone driving backwards down the busy road last Friday morning. He headlined the post with the comment, “Only in St. Louis.” The clip has gone viral with nearly 5,000 shares and over 1,000 likes. The Riverfront Times picked up on the viral video. They say […]

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    St. Louis Jewish Community centers evacuated for bomb threat

    CREVE COEUR, MO (KPLR) – The Jewish Community Centers in Creve Coeur and Chesterfield were evacuated for bomb threats Wednesday. According to Officer Benjamin Granda, a spokesman for the St. Louis County Police Department, an unknown person called the JCC on Millstone Campus Drive around 10 a.m. and informed the staff that a bomb was on the property. St. Louis County police had a K9 unit conduct a sweep of both JCC buildings Wednesday afternoon. They did not find any explosive […]

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    Fatal truck crash and fire causing massive delays on I-270

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – A fatal crash involving three vehicles and a semi truck on southbound I-270 just south of Clayton happened at around 8:40 a.m. Southbound lanes of the highway were closed for over six hours. The highway reopened at around 3 p.m. A van pulling a trailer lost control while driving southbound on I-270. The van crossed lanes, first hitting a tow truck, then a passenger car, forcing it into the median. A semi tractor-trailer tried to avoid the accident but was unable […]