Kathryn Merck


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Hometown: Chicago, IL

Other journalism experience: I worked at KOMU-TV, the NBC affiliate in Columbia, Missouri for four years. I was an anchor, reporter, and producer while also attending the Missouri School of Journalism, where I graduated in May of 2022. M-I-Z!

Started at News 3 Now: June 8, 2022

Why did you decide to come to Madison? Madison has everything I could possibly want. As soon as I started looking for jobs, I fell in love with it. It’s a thriving city filled with young people, surrounded by rooted families who spend their entire lives there. The news in the market allows me to tell stories I’m passionate about covering, featuring a state capitol and Big Ten college. There’s good beer, an abundance of cheese, endearing accents AND it’s only a two-hour drive away from the people that mean the most to me back home in Chicago. It was the perfect fit, and I’m so excited to be here!

What’s the biggest or most memorable news story you’ve covered? At KOMU-TV, I uncovered the mysterious story of congressional candidate who managed to win the Democratic primary for Missouri’s 3rd Congressional District in 2020 despite largely refusing to engage with voters or appear in public. I was able to find critical information for my viewers ahead of the general election in Missouri that year, making my job feel extremely beneficial and important to my community. The best part of this job is seeing your work make an impact.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? “It’s only weird if you make it weird!” This was told to me by my mentor in college. While on the job as reporter, you can often find yourself uncomfortable situations that aren’t normal for many jobs. I try to live by this advice while out shooting my stories and take on all the new things that come my way with a positive outlook.

What do you like to do in your spare time? I love trying new foods at local restaurants, spending time with friends and family, and being outdoors.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be? I would choose the power to teleport! It would make going back home to Chicago so much easier.

What was your favorite band or musical artist in high school? I was a huge musical theatre fan in high school and got a minor in Theatre while in college. This means some of my most played songs on Spotify are still Broadway showtunes. Some of my favorite music comes from Stephen Sondheim, Alan Menken, and Jason Robert Brown. If there are any musical theatre performances in town, make sure to let me know about it!


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