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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
  • This video of a St. Louis area man meeting Santa will warm your cold heart

    O’FALLON IL – A video of a local man with a rare genetic disorder meeting Santa Claus is going viral. Andy went to Frieze Harley-Davidson in O’Fallon to meet Kris Kringle. His reaction will melt your heart. Andy’s mother, Jennifer Pallone, shared the sweet video to Facebook and the nation took notice. The video has been seen over a million times. The 24-year-old has a chromosomal abnormality called 15Q24. He has developmental delays and other health issues as a result […]

  • This funny Missouri reporter has Midwesterners answer ridiculous questions from the coasts

    ST. LOUIS, MO — America’s Midwestern “foreign correspondent” is taking questions from viewers on the coasts. He is “embedded” in the area to explain the region to the rest of the country. Many people don’t really understand what happens in the middle of the nation. FOX 5’s Jeff Houghton got some wild questions from the east and west coasts. The people in the nation’s heartland set the record straight with some humor. Watch the video to see all of the […]

  • Injured Arnold officer undergoing lifesaving surgery Thursday

    ARNOLD, MO – Police are asking for your prayers. The Arnold Police Department shared this update on Facebook about an officer critically wounded in a shooting, “As of 1:00 PM today, Officer O’Connor is still very critical and is undergoing another surgery in an attempt to save his life. We are praying, we would like for you to do so as well.” Arnold Police Officer Ryan O’Connor continues to fight for his life at St. Anthony’s Hospital. At last report, […]

  • Former Cardinals pitcher Anthony Reyes fighting fires in southern California

    LOS ANGELES COUNTY, CA – Former Cardinals pitcher Anthony Reyes is fighting fires in southern California. Cardinals magazine tweets, “Please keep former #STLCards starter Anthony Reyes in your thoughts as he is on the front lines fighting the California wildfires. Was expecting 70mph gusts on his shift tonight.” Reyes is best known in St. Louis for his performance during game 1 of the 2006 World Series. Albert Pujols told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that it was probably the game of […]

  • Arnold officer shot Tuesday in critical, but stable condition – long road to recovery

    ARNOLD, MO – Police say the officer injured in Tuesday’s shooting is in critical, but stable condition. The medical staff tells Officer Ryan O’Connor’s family that he has a long road to recovery. His condition could change by the hour. There are two different ways to donate to Officer O’Connor and his family. The first way is an online donation link: https://www.gofundme.com/support-arnold-po-ryan-oconnor The second way is an “in-person” donation to Fortune Bank, 3494 Jeffco Blvd, Arnold, MO 63010. The phone […]

  • Arnold Police say ‘Thank You’ in message to Facebook fans

    ST. LOUIS, MO — Arnold Missouri Police Department shared this message of thanks with their Facebook fans.  The message is going viral with over a thousand likes and hundreds of shares. A police officer was shot in the neck by a suspect Tuesday.  The burglary suspect in handcuffs and under arrest when he produced a gun and shot officer Ryan O’Connor. O’Connor is undergoing surgery for his life threatening injuries and is in critical condition. The suspect, Chad Klahs, has […]

  • Arnold officer shot by man in custody; suspect dead

    ARNOLD, MO – Sources with law enforcement confirm that a police officer has been shot near the Arnold police department. Officer Ryan O’Conner, 44, was rushed St. Anthony’s hospital. Police say the officer was shot once in the neck or head. They say he was taken to surgery, is still alive, and in critical condition. The suspect is identified as Chad Klahs, 28.  He was pronounced dead at around 2:40pm.  Police say he died from a self inflicted gunshot wound. […]

  • Suspect charged after Imo’s delivery driver kills robber during shootout

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. _A man has been charged in connection with a fatal shooting involving an Imo’s Pizza delivery driver. The Circuit Attorney’s Office issued warrants for one count of Murder 2nd and one count of Robbery 1st against Montel Smith, 24, of the 1400 block of Hoage. His bond was set at $500,000 cash only. The delivery driver shot and killed a man who tried to rob him in south St. Louis on Thursday, November 30. Officers were dispatched […]

  • Body found under I-255 overpass in Cahokia; Major Case Squad activated

    CAHOKIA, Ill. – The Major Case Squad was activated in Cahokia Friday after the body of a man was found by a driver earlier that morning. Authorities said the young man found dead was identified as 20-year-old Javon Gibson from Cahokia. He ‘d been shot several times. Gibson’s body was found on Doris right under Interstate 255. Investigators said a passerby spotted the victim about 7 a.m. as she drove by on Doris. She turned around, discovered the man was dead, […]

  • St. Louis pizza delivery driver kills robber during shootout

    ST. LOUIS, MO — An Imo’s pizza delivery driver shot and killed a man who tried to rob him in south St. Louis Thursday night. Police say they were called to the 4600 block of Spring at around 11:30pm for a report of a shooting. The victim, a 41-year-old caucasian man, tells police that he was in the process of delivering food when two men attempted to rob him. One of the suspects struck the man in the head with […]

  • Blues to wear sparkling warm up jerseys for 11-year-old cancer victim

    ST. LOUIS, MO — The Blues will be wearing warm up jerseys that sparkle before Friday night’s game against the Los Angeles Kings.  The jersey is in honor of a 11-year-old fan named Arianna Dougan who lost her life to cancer. The team tweets, “It’s about more than a game tonight. #HockeyFightsCancer” The Blues Power Play Goals for Kids campaign opens Friday. Ameren Missouri and Blues for Kids will donate $200 each time the Blues score a power play goal this […]

  • Major Missouri Democratic fundraiser accused of using slurs, firing gun at businesses

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. — A major Missouri Democratic fundraiser is facing charges after directing racial slurs at people and firing shots at two St. Louis area businesses Tuesday. According to court documents, 38-year-old Matt Lieberman was charged with several counts of unlawful use of a weapon and armed criminal action, with officers reporting that Lieberman’s “conduct and use of racial epitaphs indicate his actions to be motivated by race.” Lieberman has worked to raise funds for several St. Louis area politicians. […]