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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
  • Lightning strike ignites natural gas fire in Chesterfield neighborhood

    CHESTERFIELD, MO (KTVI) – A lightning strike ignited a natural gas fire in a Chesterfield neighborhood. Monarch Fire Protection District Firefighters and Laclede Gas are at the scene on Sunflower Court. They are asking drivers to avoid the area. Lightning strike started a natural gas fed fire. Monarch crews and Laclede on seen on Sunflower Ct. aAvoid the area pic.twitter.com/nmY8yvOtPX — Monarch Firefighters (@MonarchOutreach) April 26, 2017

  • Wednesday is ‘Giving Day’ for the American Red Cross

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – The American Red Cross is recognizing Wednesday as “Giving Day.” It is the day when the organization asks for donations from the American public. Red Cross workers in communities nationwide have responded to an unusually high number of multi-family fires. There are more than three times the number in 2016. The organization’s President and CEO Gail McGovern says donations are important to the Red Cross’ survival. “Today is Giving Day at the American Red Cross. […]

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

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – 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 […]

  • Nordstrom is selling mud-covered jeans for $425 a pair

    A very expensive pair of jeans are being mocked online. Nordstrom is selling mud-coated jeans for $425 a pair. The ad claims the jeans are “rugged, Americana workwear that shows you’re not afraid to get down and dirty.” Comments online accuse Nordstrom of making fun of the working class. Selling jeans with mud built-in is a thing now, @Nordstrom? Really?#TheLoftusParty #FakeNews #FakePants #FakeJeanshttps://t.co/ikjyrDGbGJ — Rick Canton (@RickCanton) April 25, 2017 @SylviaGam @RickCanton @Nordstrom pathetic. If you want muddy jeans, try […]

  • Fight on school bus leads to serious crash in Mascoutah

    MASCOUTAH, IL (KTVI) – A head-on collision Tuesday near Mascoutah involving a school bus and a box truck sent nine people to the hospital, including eight children. Illinois State Police said the crash happened after the bus driver became distracted from some sort of altercation involving kids on the bus. This all took place just before 8 a.m. on Highway 161 outside of Mascoutah. The Mascoutah school bus was east on 161 while a box truck was west on the highway. […]

  • First responders get $2.5 million ‘thank you’ from St. Louis group

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – A local group is helping the people that help us during emergencies by distributing care packages to first responders. 2,500 care packages were handed out to police, firefighters and EMTs filled with voucher tickets for a Cardinals game, coupons for $1,000 off mortgage fees, free pet food, and thank you notes. A group called The Veiled Prophets Foundation organized the effort. “Our families and the community does not take time to get together and give […]

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

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Police say that three men are dead after a shooting in west St. Louis at around 11:15 a.m. The shooting happened at 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 […]

  • Cardinals announce Lou Brock recently diagnosed with blood cancer

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Former Cardinals left fielder and Hall of Famer Lou Brock is undergoing treatment for cancer. He was recently diagnosed and is currently undergoing treatment for Multiple Myeloma. He has been undergoing treatment in St. Louis. The news broke after Brock cancelled his April 25 Budweiser Bash appearance at Busch Stadium. “I am disappointed that I won’t be able to make the event,” Brock said in a release to the media. “Jackie and I appreciate the […]

  • Teen gunned down during University City drive-by shooting

    UNIVERSITY CITY, MO (KTVI) – 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 […]

  • Major Case Squad: Unconscious Madison man dies after discovery on road

    MADISON, IL (KTVI) – The Major Case Squad has been activated after an injured unconscious man was found lying in the road on April 9th. Nicholas Roberts died from his injuries Wednesday. The Madison Illinois Police Department received a call about a man on Big Bend Road just east of Illinois Route 203 on Sunday after 5am. Roberts was showed signs of trauma and was taken to a St. Louis area hospital for treatment. He was pronounced dead on April […]

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

    ST. JOSEPH, MO (KTVI) – 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 […]

  • Man pulled from car that crashed into River Des Peres

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – A man had to be rescued from a car that crashed into the River Des Peres in south St. Louis Monday. Police were called to the scene about one half mile south of Loughborough around 1:45pm for a partially submerged vehicle in the river. The driver, a 24-year old black male, was pulled from the vehicle and rushed to a hospital. There is no word on that man’s condition.