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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
  • Injured Arnold officer escorted to airport for treatment in Colorado

    CHESTERFIELD, Mo. — Dozens of first responders from Missouri and Illinois drove and stood along the route that Arnold police officer Ryan O’Connor traveled as he was transported from St. Louis University Hospital to Spirit of St. Louis Airport in Chesterfield. O’Connor was wounded in a shooting in December and has since made small but significant improvements. A procession of first responders escorted him from St. Louis University hospital to Spirit of St. Louis Airport at around 10:30 a.m. Monday. Dozens of […]

  • Boil order lifted for many Metro East communities

    BELLEVILLE, IL – Illinois American Water has lifted the boil water order that has been in place since Wednesday for several Metro East service area.  Sale-for-resale (wholesale) communities that purchase water in bulk from Illinois American Water and manage their own distribution systems will notify their customers of the status of their system boil water orders. The extreme cold has been blamed for repeated water main breaks. Ice accumulation in the Mississippi River also caused problems at the intake plant. […]

  • Kind St. Louis Walgreens cashier surprised by Ellen and customers with amazing gift

    ST. LOUIS, MO — A cashier working at the Walgreens at Clayton and Bigbend in St. Louis got a surprise call from Ellen DeGeneres Thursday. Ellen says that Mike Haynes is taking care of his mom and living paycheck to paycheck.  Around 80 of his customers showed up to show their appreciation. Even though Mike has some struggles in life, he continues to spread kindness through the community and his customers think he is amazing. Over 280 donors thanked him […]

  • Will Ferrell riffs on FOX 2 Meteorologist Glenn Zimmerman during silly parade coverage

    ST. LOUIS, MO — Comedians Will Ferrell and Molly Shannon hosted the 129th Rose Bowl parade on New Year’s Day.  According to the Hollywood Reporter the former Saturday Night Live alums were playing the roles of newscasters during the telecast on Amazon Prime.  They occasionally tossed to “reporter” and fellow comedian Tim Meadows who provided more coverage from the ground.  But, many viewers didn’t understand that the banter wasn’t meant to be taken seriously. Amazon’s description of the event says, […]

  • LIVE Video: Police chase carjacking suspect

    St. Louis  – Police chase a carjacking suspect

  • Semi truck and two vehicles involved in crash near Mascoutah

    MASCOUTAH, IL – An accident involving a semi truck and two vehicles is causing a traffic backup on eastbound I-64 near Mascoutah. Illinois State Police are investigating the crash that may have involved a construction crew. Victims are reported to have minor injuries. Traffic is backed up in the area. Illinois State Police say there is a traffic backup in the area.  The Illinois Department of Transportation says eastbound I-64 is closed near Rieder Road.  Accident reconstruction crews are expected […]

  • Interactive map shows the likelihood of a white Christmas

    ST. LOUIS, MO – Are you dreaming of a white Christmas? Well, dreaming of it only gets you so far. We have a way for you to see which cities are most likely to have a white Christmas in 2017. NOAA created this interactive map that guides you through the climatological chances of individual towns seeing snow next Monday. For some the odds are pretty high. There’s a 99 percent chance in Crested Butte, Colorado. For others it is not […]

  • Couple married for 71 years dies within minutes of each other

    MEDINAH, Ill. — An Illinois couple died within minutes of each other, just five days after celebrating their 71st wedding anniversary, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Ruth, 90, and Bob Kretschmer, 92, spent their last days side-by-side in hospice beds at their Medinah home. Ruth, who had Alzheimer’s disease, stopped breathing at about 10 a.m. on Friday. Bob, who was facing lung cancer, died just moments after learning of his wife’s death. “It was as if he was released from […]

  • Several St. Louis area casinos involved in $2.8 billion sale of Pinnacle to Penn National

    ST. LOUIS, MO — Several St. Louis area casinos will have new owners after approval of the $2.8 billion sale of Pinnacle Entertainment to Penn National Gaming. Locally Pinnacle Entertainment owns Ameristar Casino in St. Charles and River City Casino in Lemay. Penn National runs the Hollywood Casino in Maryland Heights and Casino Argosy Alton. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that The Missouri Gaming Commission and the Illinois Gaming Board would have to approve any transfer of control of any […]

  • Over 50 restaurants helping injured Arnold officer

    ST. LOUIS, MO – More opportunities are coming up to support Arnold officer Ryan O’Connor.  He was shot and injured in the line of duty. Walnut Grill is holding a dine-out fundraiser this Wednesday December 20th. The Lindbergh High School alumni association organized the event. That’s where O’Connor went to high school. When dining at any of the three Walnut Grill locations this Wednesday 20 percent of the profits will benefit the O’Connor family. There is a Facebook event set […]

  • Suspect charged in shooting of two St. Louis area officers

    ST. LOUIS, MO — The man accused of shooting two Bellefontaine Neighbors police officers has been charged with two counts of assault and two counts of armed criminal action. Jason Cook, 37, is being held on a $150,000 cash-only bond. Cook is accused of shooting two suburban St. Louis police officers who were saved by their bulletproof vests.  He is hospitalized with a gunshot wound of his own after a lengthy standoff with police. St. Louis County police say Cook […]

  • Two police officers shot in north St. Louis County; Suspect in custody

    ST. LOUIS, MO — Two police officers were shot Thursday at around 7:30am in north St. Louis County. They were hit in the chest. Their bulletproof vest may have saved their lives.  The officers are conscious and speaking. The police shooting happened in Bellefontaine Neighbors at the intersection of Chambers and Bellefontaine roads.   Police took the suspect into custody after he was barricaded inside a home located in the 10100 block of Bellefontaine for over seven hours.  They say he has been […]