NEWaukeean: Danielle Stobb
Where do you work and what makes your role awesome?
I work as a producer at a local news station. I select, arrange and write each story the anchors read in a one-hour newscast. I’ve always loved the idea of being a life-long learner; working in news gives me the opportunity to learn something new every day.
My role is challenging, but extremely fulfilling. I work on a deadline, so there are moments I feel rushed to finish writing or editing content before we hit air, but I get to leave each day knowing I created an informative show from start to finish.
How long have you lived in MKE and what brought you here?
I moved in 2012 to attend UW-Milwaukee. I didn’t know anyone at the time, so I pushed myself to join school activities to keep busy and meet people. That’s when I fell in love with broadcast journalism. Three years later, I decided to stay and pursue my master’s degree. One thing led to the next, and I accepted my first full-time job here in spring 2017.
What does your ideal MKE weekend look like?
My weekends are fairly relaxing. I love starting my day with coffee! My friends might say what I actually love is sugar, because I usually order something overly sweet and creamy. In the summer I like going to Brewers games and exploring festivals. When my sister comes to visit, we usually browse home décor shops and dream about decorating our homes to the nine!
What’s your biggest hope for this city?
While I was in grad school, I taught an undergraduate media writing course. A majority of my students attended area high schools before coming to UW-Milwaukee. I couldn’t help but notice the performance gap between students from Milwaukee and students from outside of the city. There’s a lot that goes into these differences: family income, class size, school resources and segregation. My biggest hope for this city for all students to safely attend and earn a quality high school education.
What is one word you would use to describe MKE?
That’s two words, but it’s the best answer. I was diagnosed with a gluten intolerance almost four years ago, and my life flipped upside down. (I loved eating bread and making baked goods!) Thankfully, I was living in a city that gave me safe options to eat out with friends, grocery shop affordably, and feel as normal as I could on a limited diet.