Madalyn O'Neill

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Hometown: Columbus, Wisconsin

High School: Columbus High School

College: UW-Madison

Other Journalism Experience: 2 years in La Crosse at WKBT, internship here 

Started News 3 Now on: March 19th, 2018

What is your favorite part about living in Madison? I love being near my family, and Madison just feels like home.

What is the biggest news story that you’ve covered? Either a big murder trial in La Crosse (Todd Kendhammer), or when Joseph Jakubowski, the man at the center of a nationwide manhunt, was found in a rural area outside La Crosse.

What do you like to do in your spare time? I love running (casually – don’t expect to see me run a marathon) and reading anything I can get my hands on. I’m also a huge fan of escape rooms.

What is your favorite kind of ice cream? Ice cream is one of my favorite foods, so this is hard, but my all-time favorite is probably Cold Stone’s cake batter ice cream with fudge, caramel, brownies and nuts.

What is your favorite place to vacation? Either Puerto Vallarta or honestly, I love taking 2-day trips to the Wisconsin Dells with my boyfriend and friends, especially during the times of the year when it’s not super crowded. I love that it’s just a small city based around having fun.

What was your favorite band when you were in high school? Either Green Day or Fall Out Boy. I can say not much has changed.

What is your favorite sport to play or watch? I’m very uncoordinated, but I enjoy watching football. Brett Favre was one of my heroes growing up.

If you could possess one superhuman power, what would it be? It might not be as handy as being able to become invisible or transport or something, but I’ve always known I’d choose being able to fly.

What are you really bad at that you’d love to be great at? Probably singing. I’d be in a rock band in another life.

What is your most memorable travel experience? I’d say either the first time I went to Puerto Vallarta and I couldn’t believe how beautiful it was, or the first time I landed in Las Vegas on the trip from the airport to our hotel on the strip. It was nighttime, and everything was so lit up and alive.

Who would you most like to interview alive or dead, and why? I would love to interview Rod Serling, host of the original Twilight Zone series. I’m so interested in all of the concepts the show dove into that still hold up 50+ years later.

What is your favorite song of all time? I love Lazy Eye by Silversun Pickups.

What is your favorite movie of all time? My favorite movie is It’s a Wonderful Life. I watch it every year around Christmas. I think the final scene is the best movie scene of all times.

What is your favorite book of all time? That is probably the hardest question for me, but for sentimentality’s sake/simply how many times I’ve read them, I have to go with the Harry Potter series. I’ve gotten really into the Throne of Glass series lately, though.

What is the best piece of advice you have ever received? As far as life advice, I’d go with follow your gut. My intuition rarely leads me astray.

For specific career advice, a wise coworker from my previous job told me, “Don’t speak faster than you can think.” That helped me immensely during live shots

Where were you when September 11, 2001 occurred? I was in my third grade classroom. I recall it was my teacher’s birthday, but everyone was very somber. I remember not fully understanding its importance until later, when my dad called me to ask if I heard what happened.

Articles

'Enough is enough': Family of murder-suicide victim speaks out against domestic violence

'In tune with life': Chorus brings those with Alzheimer's back into community

Amazing Grace Chorus visits Madison

Record number of visitors get last look at Yerkes Observatory before closing

Final tours Saturday

Putting together pieces of Middleton shooter's past

Concertgoers await The Sylvee's first show

Immigration lawyer: Recent ICE arrests highlight need for more legal representation options

‘I felt so belittled': Police video shows stop that has black candidate speaking out

'We train on it, but we lived it yesterday': Fire department looks forward after shooting

'It's a lot of work right now': Schwoegler's rebuilds as state flood repair loans become available

State offers loans for businesses, homeowners

A Greater Madison Vision Survey seeks input on region's future

‘They'll miss you by inches:' Pedestrians worry about safety in busy Northside intersection

Temporary speed signs added at Packers, Schlimgen

'Nobody's happy up here': Cell tower's planned location prompts concern

Company working to select new site

Can video games change your brain? UW research suggests games can build empathy

Columbia County man faces 3 counts of child abuse, admits to shooting children with needle darts

Atwood Barbershop offers free haircuts, school supplies for fresh start to school year

Sauk County residents hope for dry weather as officials look toward flood recovery

Donated organs power Wisconsin competitors in Transplant Games of America

Navigating after flood waters recede: Resource Center opens for Western Dane County flood victims

‘A race against time:' As lake waters rise, Monona prepares for potential flooding

Pride Parade marches on without police participation

'It's beyond rare:' Waunakee shooting hits close to home for next-door neighbor

WORT radio station works to get back to normal after shooting as suspect remains unidentified

Boys and Girls Club seeks city funds to create Sun Prairie center

'She's all I have left': Woman searches for lost dog after husband's death

'Getting stronger every day': Sweating for Sun Prairie workout raises money for disaster funds

"I'm pro-gun, change my mind": NCCPA activists hold rally at capitol

Big cat sanctuary plans big move to Lake Delton

Sanctuary and campground planned

Apartment complex ends temporary no-guest policy

Rethke Terrace had imposed 30-day visitor ban

‘Save Glarner Park' group pushes back against site chosen for new library

‘This is unreal': Family surprises grandpa with fixed-up Trans Am

‘Our hearts ache for these folks': Middleton responds to mass layoffs at West Corporation

'It makes no sense': Janesville community angry after Humane Society break-in

Wisconsin DPI announces grants, seeks tenfold increase in mental health funding for students

Enthusiasts show off hovercrafts on Wisconsin River

Patching up a community: Sun Prairie woman honors Capt. Cory Barr

Dozens of fire departments sending patches

Full-body sketch brings new hope of identifying man found dead 23 years ago

Sketch shows John Clinton Doe's clothing

‘This is a community that doesn't just sit back': Suicides prompt Mt. Horeb public meeting

'It was built to last, and it will:' Following explosion, owners to restore Old City Hall

UW-Whitewater quadruples parking without a permit fine