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Stacey Wendt-Kaisler

Published On: Apr 20 2012 01:27:56 PM CDT
Updated On: Apr 23 2014 01:19:28 PM CDT

Hometown: New London, Wisconsin

High School: New London High School

College: University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, BA in Communications with a Print Journalism emphasis

Other Journalism Experience: 10 years at WLUK in Green Bay, 8 months at WKOW in Madison, 2 ½ years at Discover Mediaworks in Madison

Started at WISC-TV on: March 1, 2010

Twitter: @Madtown_StaceyK

What is your favorite part about living in Madison?

I love the diversity and culture. There's always something to do here - the Farmers' Market, great festivals, going to see live music at one of the city's beautiful entertainment venues, dining at fabulous restaurants, kayaking on the lakes, or taking day trips to visit wineries or go hiking. It's a great city to live in!

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I love photography - I like to think that I take good pictures, but in reality I should take some classes. I love to be outdoors - hiking, kayaking, camping. Music is a passion of mine (listening, not playing), so I go to lots of concerts. And I always love to curl up with a good book.

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

I've been married to Steve since 1999, and we have one dog - an English Springer Spaniel named Tia.

What is your favorite place to vacation?

Anywhere, as long as I'm on vacation! I love Colorado - can't get enough of those mountains. And New Orleans has a very special place in my heart.

Who is your hero and why?

My longtime friend, Dan Peterson, who was recently killed in a horrible accident. Dan was an inspiration to everyone who met him. He lived every day to the fullest, he was good to every person who crossed his path, he always had a smile on his face, and he loved with his whole heart. We should all be more like him.

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

R.E.M.

What is your favorite sport to play or watch?

To watch – football, preferably the NFL (I'm a HUGE Packer fan - my family has season tickets). To play - tennis.

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

I'd really love to be able to sing.

What is your most memorable travel experience?

I'd have to say my honeymoon. My husband and I were young and didn't have a lot of money, so we drove to the Poconos in Pennsylvania. The day before we were supposed to leave there was a freak wind storm and a tree fell on my car, which I had only had for about six months, and totaled it. Because we weren't old enough to rent a car, we ended up having to take a Greyhound home. 24 hours on a bus - not a fun way to end your honeymoon.

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

Ethel Kennedy. Everyone’s always intrigued by Jackie, but to me Ethel is the most fascinating of the Kennedy wives. And I'm sure she'd have some amazing stories to tell.

What is your favorite song of all time?

"Imagine" by John Lennon; "Just Breathe" by Pearl Jam

What is your favorite movie of all time?

"Say Anything"

What is your favorite book of all time?

"Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl." I first read it in fourth or fifth grade, and it really stuck with me. I've read it dozens of times since, and still have my original, battered copy.

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

My wedding day, although I'd probably make a few tweaks to some of the details since I'm older and more confident of my tastes and preferences!

Where were you when September 11, 2001 occurred?

I was working as a producer for "Good Day Wisconsin" at Fox 11 in Green Bay, and I was actually in the control room when it happened. We were doing a live, in-studio interview when our Assistant News Director called me to say a plane had flown into the World Trade Center, and we should take the live video. We tossed to our other anchor and I fed her as much information as I could, which at that time wasn't much. I'll never forget the hollow feeling I had as I watched the second plane hit, live on our air. One of our anchors said something like, "Folks, I believe we are under attack." Soon after that we tossed to Fox News, as they could cover what was happening much better than we could, and we all gathered in the studio to watch.

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