Press Release

Veteran Journalist Joyce Garbaciak Shifts to Co-Anchor ‘WISN 12 News at 6:00 p.m.’ Exclusively


By - Sep 8th, 2023 09:29 am
Joyce Garbaciak. Photo courtesy of WISN 12.

Joyce Garbaciak. Photo courtesy of WISN 12.

MILWAUKEE, WI (September 8, 2023) – Starting September 11, 2023, WISN 12’s Joyce Garbaciak will co-anchor “WISN 12 News at 6:00 p.m.” exclusively. Garbaciak made the decision to transition from also co-anchoring “WISN 12 News at 10:00 p.m.” to allow more time for her family.

“Joyce brings tremendous leadership and expertise to our newsroom every day,” says Jan Wade, president and general manager of WISN 12. “She is the epitome of professionalism and class, and also just a really nice person. We are truly fortunate that Joyce wants to continue serving our community and our viewers on ‘12 News at 6,’ and we also know how excited she is to devote more time to her family. It is truly a win-win,” adds Wade.

“WISN 12 News at 6:00 p.m.” will continue to feature Garbaciak alongside co-anchor Patrick Paolantonio, Milwaukee’s Chief Meteorologist Mark Baden, and Sports Director Dario Melendez. Paolantonio will cover all anchor duties on “WISN 12 News at 10:00 p.m.” until the station identifies a new co-anchor.

“This is a best-of-both-worlds scenario for me. I can continue to be part of Milwaukee’s top news team – producing stories and bringing Milwaukee viewers the news of the day,” shares Garbaciak. “And there are many exciting changes happening on the family front – and this schedule will allow me to have a bigger presence there.” She adds, “I’m grateful for the station’s willingness to make this happen and I’m so excited for what’s next.”

An award-winning journalist with decades of experience in broadcasting, Garbaciak has been a Milwaukee mainstay for more than 30 years. She first joined WISN 12 in 2006 as a contributing correspondent, later shifting to an anchor role in 2014.

Garbaciak has received numerous accolades throughout her storied career, including seven Chicago regional Emmy Awards, a George Foster Peabody Award, an Edward R. Murrow Award, and others. In 2022, she was inducted into the Halls of Fame for both the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association and the Milwaukee Press Club. Garbaciak has also been part of the Silver Circle for more than a decade – a lifetime achievement from the Chicago region of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

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About WISN 12 and Hearst Television

WISN 12, the ABC station in Milwaukee, is owned by Hearst Television, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hearst Corporation. Hearst Television owns and operates 33 television and two radio stations serving 26 media markets across 39 states reaching over 22 million U.S. television households. Through its partnership with nearly all major networks, Hearst Television distributes national content over more than 120 video channels including programming from ABC, NBC, CBS, CW, MY Net, MeTV, Estrella and more. The radio stations are leaders in Baltimore news/talk and rock music listenership. Its Hearst Media Production Group unit produces original programming across linear and streaming platforms for domestic and international distribution. Its Very Local app, free to download on household OTT devices and available across popular streaming services, offers 24/7 access to local news, weather and an array of local and regional programming. Hearst Television is recognized as one of the industry’s premier companies and has been honored with numerous awards for distinguished journalism, industry innovation, and community service. Hearst Television is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hearst.

NOTE: This press release was submitted to Urban Milwaukee and was not written by an Urban Milwaukee writer. It has not been verified for its accuracy or completeness.

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