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

‘We are ready for this’: Area leaders, public health officials respond to confirmed coronavirus case in Dane County

Arrest made in connection with fire that closed Barn Restaurant in Baraboo

Common council denies Silk Exotic’s liquor license request for Visions location

‘We’re constantly learning’: MMSD Board of Education hears update on Behavior Education Plan

Attendance, sales up at Camper and RV Show as warm weather approaches

'It's really special to us': Father remembers late son as UW music room named in his honor

Police seek security footage, tips while investigating car shooting in ‘very quiet neighborhood’

MMSD offers support to families involved

City considers tightening Airbnb regulations, annual permit requirement

Madison residents express concern over planned Amazon delivery facility

‘He gave us hope’: Civil rights activist shares story with Madison, hopes to keep MLK legacy alive

‘Let’s lower the crime’: Neighbor asks for community help as police investigate west side homicide

‘It will change lives’: Firefighters lobby for PTSD bill, paramedics hope to be included

Bill covers police, firefighters but not EMS workers

Swan rescue, death shows impact of lead in environment

‘Book your flights’: Travel agent shares strategies, prices for Packer fans planning trip to NFC Championship game

‘It’s addicting to watch this team’: Packer fans back team through playoff win

‘It’s building a connection’: Opioid grant funds MPD addiction resource officer, peer support specialist

City accepts $1.2 million U.S. Dept. of Justice Grant for Pathways to Recovery Madison & Dane County initiative

While shots fired incidents decrease, Madison police say gun violence still major issue

Council votes to remove Edgewood master plan, restrictions on home games

More than a practice: Meditation offers benefits to police officers, victims

Officer Matthew Kenny takes role as meditation teacher in years following fatal shooting

‘It’s such an asset’: MPD stands out for high percentage of female officers

Local shops plan for dip in sales after holiday boost

‘A little disappointed, maybe a little cheated’: Badger fans in Wisconsin feel Rose Bowl loss

Humane Society seeks donations after severely sick kitten found on desolate road

‘Bring in 2020’: Workers ring in New Year ready to respond to emergencies

‘It works’: Law enforcement shares tried and true travel suggestions for safe New Year’s Eve

Madison protesters on Capitol steps join pro-impeachment rallies nationwide

‘I knew it would be ambitious': Australia man attends every Packer, Badger football game

After Instagram threat, classes to resume in Middleton high schools Thursday

‘Today is a great day for Wisconsin': Badger football fans celebrate Rose Bowl invitation

‘We take it very seriously': District responds to BB gun found in Madison middle school

‘Completely in shock': After instrument burglaries, student hopes for return of $10,000 violin

Police report second student victim hit by BB

‘I was scared': Student hit by BB, father hopes BB gun incident incites change

'Unbelievably moving': Special Honor Flight sends veterans with dementia, terminal illness to D.C.

As Badger fans eye potential Rose Bowl bid, travel expert recommends planning trip now

‘Blowing my car all over the place': Windy, snowy weather impacts busy holiday travel day

‘It's a big win': Animal advocates praise new federal animal cruelty law

Sheriff: Certain crimes may be easier to prosecute

'Our modern mental health institutions': Number of attempted suicides at Dane County Jail rises

Sheriff: New tower will be 'enormous help'

'We need the strength out on the road': Record-breaking class of MPD recruits begin field training