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Emily Kumlien

Published On: Apr 20 2012 01:48:43 PM CDT   Updated On: Apr 24 2014 04:06:27 PM CDT

Contact Info

Hometown: Verona, Wisconsin

High School: Verona Area High School Class of 2004

College: University of Wisconsin Class of 2008 - double major in Journalism and History

Other Journalism Experience: Worked at WKBT (CBS Affiliate in La Crosse, Wis.)

Started at WISC-TV on: I interned in the sports department from September of 2005 to August of 2008. I came back in August of 2009.

Twitter: @EmilyKumlien

What is your favorite part about living in Madison?

It's my hometown. It's an honor to cover the sports teams I grew up watching.

What is the biggest  story that you've covered?

I covered two Rose Bowls and when the Badgers beat Duke in 2009 for the ACC Big Ten Challenge I haven't seen the Kohl Center like that since.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Nap and watch sports. (Kidding, kinda) I enjoy hanging out with friends and family as well.

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

I have a beautiful niece; Lexi-Mae Miner. She was born September 1st 2011 (The day Russell Wilson made his debut with the Badgers. I love being her Auntie Em!

What is your favorite kind of ice cream?


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

Not sure if this is the funniest, but post- game interviews for Badger football games are held in the weight room. A few years ago I was waiting for some players to come out and I wasn't paying much attention and I turned right into the bar on the bench press. I had a huge bruise on my arm and everyone saw. I had a good laugh. (and so did everyone else!)

What is your favorite place to vacation?

Chicago because that is where my sister, brother in law and niece live.

Who is your hero and why?

My parents. They are bold, caring and strong willed people. I've learned a lot from them. Also my dad taught me all about sports growing up. We spent a lot of time in front of the TV. It was great!

What is your favorite sport to play or watch?

Football and basketball are my favorites.

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

The ability to fly.

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

I can't sing at all. My mom has a great voice but apparently it skipped a generation.

What is your most memorable travel experience?

Going to southern California for two Rose Bowls with my awesome teammates at channel 3. Lots of laughs and great memories.

What is the worst job you have ever had?

None really. I've mostly worked in TV. I worked at Pasquals in Verona when I was in high school.

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

John Wooden. I've read all of his books and he’s one of the all-time greats. The world lost a good one when he passed away.

What is your favorite tradition around the holidays?

Family, food and football.

What is your favorite movie of all time?

Absolute Power.

What is your favorite book of all time?

Harry Potter and Game of Thrones. (love the TV series too!)

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

"Think before you speak" - my mom.

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

My sister's wedding.

Where were you when September 11, 2001 occurred?

I was 15 and just starting my sophomore year in high school at Verona. I walked into the commons and saw the news all over the TVs. I spent the rest of the day watching the news coverage.