Stephanie Fryer

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Hometown: I’m from Cissna Park, Illinois. It’s a really small farming town – around 800 people – in the central part of the state.

High School: Cissna Park High School

College: Southern Illinois University Carbondale – Go Salukis! I also did the Public Affairs Reporting program though the University of Illinois Springfield.

Other Journalism Experience: WSIU-TV in Carbondale, Illinois, WNDU-TV in South Bend, Indiana and Illinois Statehouse News

Started at News 3 Now on: December, 2014

What is your favorite part about living in Madison? Madison is a really unique city. There is always something to do – whether that’s stocking up on goodies at the Farmer’s Market or watching the sunset at the Union Terrace. However my favorite place in the entire city is Tenney Park. I love sitting on this giant tree stump there, looking out at Lake Mendota.

What is the biggest news story that you’ve covered? I’ll never forget helping out a TV station in Texas days after Hurricane Harvey hit. I met some truly wonderful people, who showed me nothing but love during their dark time. It was a very moving experience that taught me a lot as a journalist and person.

What do you like to do in your spare time? I have a pretty cool “dog son” named Duncan. We love hitting up the parks in Madison. I also love to swim, read, shop at thrift stores, workout, visit local breweries and wineries and spend time with loved ones.

What is your favorite kind of ice cream? I love anything that has caramel in it! The more caramel the better!

What is your favorite place to vacation? My family has visited the Jersey Shore for years. My mom was born and raised in Philly and would go “down the shore” every summer as a kid. My grandparents continued that tradition with us grandkids. Nothing beats a week with family in Ocean City.

Who is your hero and why? I come from a family of strong women and admire all of them. However, I would not be who I am today without my grandma and mom. My grandma was the kindest woman I knew – someone who found ways to love those who wronged her. And my mom is very similar. She’s positive and loving and just so nice.

What is your favorite sport to play or watch? I love to play volleyball but am a die-hard Chicago sports fan. I love my Cubbies and DA BEARS!

Who would you most like to interview alive or dead, and why?  We lost my dad and grandma unexpectedly a few years ago and I would love to just have one more conversation with them. We had some of the best moments sitting on my grandma’s porch, talking over Diet Cokes.

What is the best piece of advice you have ever received? Be Kind!

What is your most memorable travel experience? Travel is something I really value. I’m lucky my parents found ways for us to go on family vacations growing up. I’m a sucker for a beach and good sunset. I also just went to Europe for the first time this past spring. I spent 3 weeks hopping from country to country with friends. I fell in love with Paris and Madrid and hope to visit again soon. If you’ve traveled abroad – I’d love to swap stories, just email me of find me on Facebook!

Articles

Sun Prairie police determine location of fatal shooting after victim dropped off at Madison clinic

Janesville police report drop in crime rate for 2020

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Shooting victim dropped off at Madison clinic dies from injuries

Sun Prairie Police Department leading homicide investigation, MPD will assist

Madison radio station collects 2,000 Lego sets for American Family Children's Hospital

Madison street crews ready to clear melting snow from roads

Court orders signature bond for radio DJ charged with child pornography possession

'I can't believe I threw my life away': Court documents detail child pornography charge against local radio DJ

New Details: Man claims self defense in homicide at Wisconsin Dells hotel

19-year-old found unconscious, lying in the snow on Madison's west side

5-year-old found wandering alone outside apartment complex on Madison's south side

Local radio personality arrested, accused of possessing child pornography

Federal investigators processing site of fatal Rock County plane crash

Dane County woman pleads guilty to looting, vandalism for May protests, given deferred prosecution

2 killed in plane crash near Rock County airport

Woman injured during fight at trampoline park, Madison police say

MPD: Teen wearing GPS monitoring device arrested for stealing purse, SUV

Man flashed gun during argument at far west side convenience store, Madison police say

Man accused of killing Navy veteran found competent to stand trial

Reedsburg teen accused of setting house on fire, arrested in Madison

Thief steals purse from woman outside Madison gym, police say

Vehicle crashes into Stoughton hotel, dispatchers say

Woman knocked down during robbery outside Madison grocery store, police say

Columbus woman arrested in murder-for-hire investigation, faces federal charges

Man arrested in shooting accused of damaging squad car, Beloit police say

Dane County increasing indoor gathering limits under new public health emergency order

Oregon dance studio cited for Nutcracker performance joins existing lawsuit against public health department

MPD releases photo of man wanted in connection to convenience store armed robbery

No injuries reported after fire at 100-year-old farm house

SUV with keys left inside stolen from outside Madison restaurant

MPD responded to 345 of these types of thefts in 2020

Cigarette cartons stolen during burglary at west side Walgreens, police say

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'The screens all look extremely outdated, because they are': DWD pushes to update Wisconsin's unemployment system

Madison man accused of making threats against businesses sentenced to probation in federal court

Former Wisconsin pharmacist to plead guilty in spoiled COVID-10 vaccine case