Kathryn Merck

Reporter

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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!

Articles

City of Madison redesigns outlawed ballot dropboxes with artwork, updated voting guidelines

Madison Vegan Fest showcases passion for vegan food, animal rights

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Latino Academy vaccination clinic aims to help to expand vaccine access

What does the identity of ‘The 608’ look like with an additional area code?

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New affordable housing option in Darlington aimed at farm workers

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Janesville’s launch of Bird scooters has some residents concerned

‘It still hasn’t really sunk in fully’: New Mallards GM shares excitement

State Cow Chip throw shows best parts of the state through its “dairy air”

Labor Day Weekend expected to be busy in downtown Madison

Call for Action: Highland Manor residents share concerns over management

Wisconsin Veterans Museum unveils piece of new nuclear submarine

Only on News 3 Now: Car damaged in chase on Madison’s east side had pregnant woman inside; suspect still wanted

WATCH: Video shows stolen truck crash into drivers on Madison’s east side; police searching for suspect

YMCA of Dane County: ‘We had no other options’ to avoid putting some after-school programs on hiatus

Celebrating the rainbow: Magic Pride Festival returns to Madison

‘Team Hope’ annual walk and run in Madison raises awareness for Huntington’s Disease across the state

New business in Janesville aims to help food desert problem on city’s south side

‘It’s a huge win’: ATV rider in Columbia County excited by new ordinance allowing off-road vehicles on some county highways

MMSD holds orientation for more than 300 new teachers amid staffing shortages

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Verona city clerk shares predictions for voter turnout ahead of primary election

Battleground Wisconsin: Which issues are driving Wisconsinites to the polls this primary election?

Janesville City Council proposes allowing deer bow hunting in Rotary Gardens, varying opinions from residents

‘They were wonderful people’: Janesville neighbors left heartbroken after couple dies from lightning strike near White House

Pediatrician recommends flu and COVID vaccinations ahead of back-to-school season

Teacher shortages loom ahead of the new school year. UW-Madison’s School of Education is trying to help.

AtwoodFest returns to Madison for a full weekend after two years away, celebrates 40 years

Disability Pride Festival aims to show what the disability community has to offer

A month from start of classes, Madison Metropolitan School District has nearly 200 teacher openings to fill

‘People are just loving it’: New indoor pickleball facility gives America’s fastest growing sport a new home in Madison

Haircut and beauty industry’s continued fight against economic struggles, inflation