Joanne Williams has been in television for more than half of her life.
Her career began in high school when she hosted the teen talk show on Milwaukee's WAWA. Two weeks after graduating with honors from Northwestern University, she started working for WTMJ. In 1973, Joanne and Pete Wilson started The Morning Scene, the first 30-minute, early morning TV newscast in Milwaukee.
That was followed by several years at WGN-TV in Chicago as a reporter, writer and part-time weathercaster. She covered stories from the death of Mayor Daley to the 1977 blizzard.
She returned as WITI Channel 6's Community Relations Director in 1978, spearheading many projects, including The Disabled Are Able, which was nominated for a daytime Emmy. In 1982, Joanne returned to the WITI newsroom and wore many hats as reporter and anchor during her tenure. Over the years, Joanne hosted live call-in programs, town hall meetings, and participated in thousands of community events on behalf of FOX6.
Today, she is the host and segment producer for Milwaukee PBS' Black Nouveau which won awards from the National Association of Black Journalists in 2012 and won the Bronze award from the Milwaukee Press Club for Best Documentary or news special for the program "Harry Kemp: The Photography Man".
Joanne was a regional director on the board of the National Association of Black Journalists, a founding member of the Wisconsin Black Media Association, past president of the Milwaukee Press Club and has served on many boards and committees of agencies in Milwaukee and nationally including the Milwaukee Tennis and Education Foundation and the Foundation board of Ten Chimneys. She is a member of the Milwaukee Press Club Hall of Fame and a Silver Circle honoree in 2009.
At her retirement party, her son said he and his brother would miss FOX6 because they felt like they grew up in a television station as much as at home. They are both in college now, studying Television Production at MATC and Digital Culture (Film) at Arizona State University.