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Rob Starbuck

Published On: Apr 20 2012 01:02:25 PM CDT
Updated On: Apr 22 2014 01:29:21 PM CDT

Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio

High School: Birmingham Groves

College: Ripon College

Other Journalism Experience: Radio news in Appleton, Green Bay, Springfield, Illinois and TV news in Green Bay, The Fox Valley and Madison.

Started at WISC-TV on: August 28, 1990

What is your favorite part about living in Madison?

The great diversity Madison offers in recreation, food, entertainment and people. There’s no place like it.

What is the biggest news story that you’ve covered?

The "butter fire" in Cottage Grove in the early 1990s. The fire had us in around-the-clock coverage for a while and attracted national attention.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I spend a good part of my free time practicing yoga and riding my bike around the many miles of trails in Madison and Dane County.

What is your family life like? Significant other, married, kids?

I'm married to Joy Cardin who’s on the air each morning on Wisconsin Public Radio when I'm working on television. We share our place with a dog named Lady and her cat buddy, Ray.

What is your favorite kind of ice cream?

I kind of like the green tea flavor at the ice cream shop near our house. There’s also the mint ice cream at Wilson’s in Door County.

What is the funniest thing that’s ever happened to you?

We laugh a lot at our house. I can't think of anything in particular right now. Stay tuned.

What is your favorite place to vacation?

Joy and I return to Door County quite a bit. I’d put that as my favorite place.

What was your favorite band when you were in high school?

The Temptations, James Brown, The Four Tops and Stevie Wonder. Motown!

What is your favorite sport to play or watch?

Enjoy watching the Packers and Brewers as well as the football and basketball Badgers.

If you could possess one superhuman power, what would it be?

To leap tall buildings at a single bound? I really don’t know. I’m just grateful that I’ve got my health and try to enjoy each day as it comes.

What are you really bad at that you’d love to be great at?

I can't dance.

What is your most memorable travel experience?

It was a two week trip with my wife through Europe a few years ago.

What is the worst job you have ever had?

I haven't really had a bad one. Each job brought valuable experience.

Who would you most like to interview alive or dead, and why?

It'd be cool to sit and talk with Bruce Lee. He was well ahead of his time on the subjects of fitness and martial arts. And, he was great philosopher in his own right.

What is your favorite tradition around the holidays?

It's to spend time with family.

What is your favorite song of all time?

I was once a disc jockey. I have many favorites.

What is your favorite movie of all time?

There are so many.

What is your favorite book of all time?

There are so many.

What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?

Keep it simple. Also, just look like you know what you're doing.

If you could relive any moment...what would that be?

The afternoon Joy and I were married.

Where were you when September 11, 2001 occurred?

I was at work at Channel 3. We had just finished the morning show when the first planes hit the twin towers.

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