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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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    Lanes of northbound I-55 closed near downtown St. Louis after semi crash

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Several lanes of northbound I-55 at 7th street are closed after a serious accident. Several tractor trailers were involved in the crash. Traffic is backed up near downtown St. Louis. There is no word on injuries at this time. It appears that crews are trying to rescue a driver from the cab of one of the trucks. There are several emergency vehicles at the scene of the accident. One lane of traffic is getting by […]

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    St. Louis tops list of, ’25 Most Dangerous Cities in America’

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – The Gateway to the West tops the list of the most dangerous cities in America. “24/7 Wall St.” released a ranking of 25 cities based on the FBI’s 2015 Uniform Crime Report. Information from the FBI study analyzed by 24/7 Wall St. says that: Including 188 homicides, there were 5,762 violent crimes in St. Louis in 2015. Adjusting for population, the city’s murder and violent crime rates, at 59 murders and 1,817 per 100,000 city […]

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    Report of a creepy clown with a knife in Jefferson County may be a prank call

    JEFFERSON COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – Pevely Police were called to the Pevely Point subdivision for a report of a person in a clown mask with a knife. Police arrived on the scene quickly and found nothing. Investigators are concerned that these are prank calls. On September 21st, the Granite City Police Department posted information on its Facebook page about creepy clown sightings around town. Police said they’ve responded to at least five calls and were unable to find the pranksters. […]

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    ‘I won the debate’ – St. Louis’ Jenna Fischer tweets from the Magic House’s Oval Office

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Who won the first 2016 presidential debate? St. Louis native and “Office” star Jenna Fischer says she did. The actress tweeted a picture of herself from the Oval Office located at the Magic House in Kirkwood. I won the debate. I'm the President! #ovaloffice #StLouisMagicHouse pic.twitter.com/JTPd8hsDGR — Jenna Fischer (@jennafischer) September 27, 2016 Monday night was the most-watched debate in American history. More than 80 million people tuned in to see Hillary Clinton and Donald […]

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    Kidnapped Edwardsville mother and infant found in West Virginia; suspect in custody

    EDWARDSVILLE, Ill – Police say that a teen mom and her infant son have been found in rural West Virginia. Katherine Derleth and the infant child Christopher R Derleth have been located. They are in law enforcements custody at this time. They were located in a rural mountain area of West Virginia. Christopher M. Derleth is also in custody. Investigators in southern Illinois say they are concerned about health of a teenage girl and her newborn son who they believe […]

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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 – 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. “We are asking for assistance from authorities from here all the way to the East Coast,” said State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons. “We believe […]

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

    FRANKLIN COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – 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 (KTVI) – 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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    St. Louis football fans get sweet deal after Rams loss

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Many St. Louis football fans are celebrating a loss today. The newly minted Los Angeles Rams had an embarrassing game against the San Francisco 49ers Monday night; losing 28-0. One area Dairy Queen is sweetening the schadenfreude. They’re offering cones for $1 after the loss. The Facebook group “Bring The NFL Back to STL” posted this photo of a Dairy Queen sign in Arnold. A representative from the fast food restaurant tells the St. Louis Post-Dispatch […]

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    Workers rupture 2″ natural gas line in downtown St. Louis

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Firefighters were at the scene of a gas leak in downtown St. Louis. They were working with Laclede Gas crews near the intersection of Dr. Martin Luther King and North Tucker. Workers ruptured a 2″ line. Laclede Gas Tweets that their crew has safely stopped the flow of gas at around 2:30pm. They are now making repairs. LIVE on #Periscope: #NaturalGas leak Dr. MLK & N. Tucker https://t.co/gc6Tn9Yo2D — St. Louis Fire Dept (@STLFireDept) September […]

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    ESPN Fantasy football app crashes during first Sunday of NFL season

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Today is the first Sunday of the NFL season. It is also a nightmare for some fantasy football players. It appears that ESPN’s app crashed during the big day. Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill took to Twitter voice her frustration, “Seriously @ESPNFantasy this is not good. Opening day? Really? #fail” ESPN Fantasy sports Tweets, “Seriously @ESPNFantasy this is not good. Opening day? Really? #fail” In a recent press release, ESPN described the updates to the new […]

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    Bomb squad investigating near Richmond Heights City Hall

    RICHMOND HEIGHTS, MO (KTVI) – The Bomb Squad investigating an area near the intersection of Dale and Big Bend. The intersection is located near Richmond Heights City Hall and Interstate 64. Several roads were closed near the intersection as investigators deployed the bomb robot. The roadway was reopened by 3:45 p.m. The City of Richmond Heights says that two men found what they believed to be a pipe bomb at about 2:15pm near a home they were rehabbing. They brought the item […]