NEWSWATCH 12 TEAM
Lane Kimble became news director at Newswatch 12 in November 2017. He came back to the Northwoods in June 2015 after spending two years as a general assignment reporter with CBS-58 News in Milwaukee. Lane calls the Northwoods his adoptive home, filled with friends and neighbors who have become like family.
Lane previously worked as an anchor and reporter with Newswatch 12 from 2011 through 2013.
He graduated with a journalism degree from UW-Whitewater in 2010. While there, Lane served as sports director for UWW-TV, calling play-by-play action for Warhawk football, basketball, baseball, wrestling, and soccer games.
Lane was born a Cheesehead, growing up in Wauwatosa, WI. He's a huge Packers, Brewers, Badgers, Bucks, and Golden Eagles fan.
Lane enjoys golf (although he's still terrible at it), boating and crossword puzzles when he's not at work or spending time with his family.
He lives in Rhinelander with his wife, Danelle, and two sons, Ethan and Lucas.
Managing Editor / Senior Reporter
A native of Mount Horeb, Wisconsin, Ben joined the Newswatch 12 team in February 2012.
Ben started his broadcasting career in radio, including working in the sports department of WIBA radio in Madison, Wisconsin. He helped cover the Badgers, Packers, and high school sports.
Ben is and has always been a Badger, graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2010 with a degree in Political Science. During college, Ben worked in the Wisconsin State Assembly, serving in multiple legislative offices. After graduation, he interned with CBS News in Washington, DC.
At work, Ben takes pride in learning about and covering the stories of people and places in northcentral Wisconsin. He likes all types of stories, but especially enjoys covering government and politics, the environment, and local heritage.
Ben is a people person. He enjoys living in the Northwoods and connecting with its proud and unique communities. Ben stays involved in the local community, volunteering for Big Brothers Big Sisters, the YMCA of the Northwoods, Rhinelander Partners in Education, the School District of Rhinelander, WXPR public radio, the Never Forgotten Honor Flight, and other community groups. He also plays baritone in the Rhinelander Area Community Band.
You can catch Ben on the radio, calling play-by-play for Rhinelander High School sports on Northwoods Sports Radio 96.5, WHOH.
In his spare time, Ben likes exploring the forests and waters of the beautiful Northwoods. He is an avid sports fan and athlete, following the Badgers, Packers, and Brewers, as well as professional golf and tennis. He likes to play basketball, golf, and tennis and train for triathlons. Ben also officiates college and high school basketball and baseball. He enjoys learning about local history, watching sitcoms of questionable quality, and traveling.
Anthony joined the Newswatch 12 team in July 2015. He's a Wisconsin native, coming from Cumberland, WI, about an hour north of Eau Claire, and is excited to start his career in the Northwoods.
He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in May 2015 with honors from Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest academic honor society. Anthony triple majored in Political Science, Journalism, and Communication Arts, with a concentration in rhetoric. As an undergrad, he anchored and reported for WSUM, his school's radio station, where he covered an array of stories. Anthony was also active in student government where he worked as Student Election Commission Chair and as an Associate Justice on the Student Judiciary.
Before joining the Newswatch 12 team, Anthony worked in the Wisconsin State Senate for more than three years. He is also a former White House Associate. There, he served in the Office of Presidential Correspondence and helped to facilitate communication between the President and the American people.
In his spare time, he enjoys golfing, camping, hiking, snowshoeing, and watching his beloved Badgers sports teams.
Anthony is always excited to meet new people, and he is happy to hear from viewers. If you have a suggestion for a story or just want to say hello, feel free to send him an email at email@example.com.
Marisa made her return to the Northwoods and WJFW in May 2018 after working her way up the TV ladder for the last four years.
Yes, she looks familiar because she spent 2011-2014 as the weekend sports anchor/reporter at Newswatch 12. Since then, she’s worked on air in sports in Madison, Green Bay, and most recently Cleveland.
During her time in those cities, Marisa had the privilege of covering a few Packers playoff runs, a Badger basketball Final Four run, and Brett Favre’s Pro Football Hall of Fame induction. But the highlight of her sports career was landing a one-on-one interview with LeBron James. She was able to go in depth about the work LeBron does through his foundation for the children of northeast Ohio.
On her first stint in the Northwoods, Marisa became a true Wisconsinite by bagging her first buck (with her car). And she was also run over by a blindfolded snowmobiler. (Ask her about it if you see her out and about. It’s a very entertaining story.)
But she and her husband made the trek back because they fell in love with the people here and decided this was the ideal place to raise their son.
A few fun facts about Marisa:
* She reported on a World's Strongest Man competition in the Dominican Republic.
* She grew up a military brat, moving around every 3 to 4 years during her childhood.
* ‘80s hair metal will get her up and dancing every time.
* She’s a big fan of tacos, authentic Italian food, and brunch of any kind.
Before moving to the Badger State, Marisa was an editor & producer for Comcast SportsNet Bay Area in San Francisco. She was also a freelance field producer for NBC's Football Night in America and spent six years as a sports producer and editor for KNTV, the Bay Area’s NBC affiliate, where she co-hosted a weekly Sports Sunday web show with Jerry Rice.
If you have a story idea you’d like to pitch or just want to say hi, feel free to email Marisa at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Phylicia joined Newswatch 12 in August 2016 as an anchor and reporter. She is a born-and-raised New Yorker--she grew up in Westchester and extended her Empire State roots by attending New York University, where she graduated with degrees in broadcast journalism and sociology.
While at NYU, Phylicia was heavily involved on campus. She served as vice president of the Women of Excellence, Strength, and Tenacity; a chair for the Academic Achievement Program and the Wasserman Diversity Board; and held leadership positions within many other campus organizations. She really enjoyed working as a mentor to many students, both on and off campus, as well as volunteering in the community.
During her time as an undergrad, Phylicia interned at The Source, Ark Media, the CNN News Bureau, Dateline NBC, CNBC, the TODAY Show, and Tom Brokaw Reports.
When she’s not reporting on news around the Northwoods, Phylicia loves cooking, reading, traveling, and indulging in the newest Netflix series.
If you have any interesting stories or just want to find out more, feel free to reach out to Phylicia at email@example.com.
Natalie Cardona joined the Newswatch 12 News Team as a reporter in September 2016.
Natalie was born and raised in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, but she spent a lot of time in the Northwoods when she was growing up. She graduated from Columbia College Chicago in May 2016 with a degree in broadcast television journalism. While at Columbia, she anchored and reported on Newsbeat, a student-run live weekly news program.
During the summer of 2015, Natalie headed to Barcelona, Spain, to intern at PixelStudi, a video production company. While she was there, Natalie traveled all over Europe in her free time. She also interned at CBS Chicago during her senior year.
When she gets the chance, Natalie likes to travel to new places, rummage through antique stores, and go to concerts.
Even though Natalie is from Chicagoland, she is excited to be back in the Northwoods and would love to hear any story ideas you have. Feel free to send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dakota joined the Newswatch 12 News Team in November 2016. She’s moved to the Northwoods all the way from her hometown Louisville, Kentucky.
Dakota graduated magna cum laude from Western Kentucky University with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism and a minor in political science. She served as an anchor, reporter, and associate producer for Western’s student-run news broadcast. She also interned at Louisville’s CBS affiliate, WLKY, during her time as an undergrad.
After graduation Dakota was a student fellow for the Native American Journalists Association and attended the first ever Tribal Youth Gathering in Washington D.C. After the fellowship Dakota worked in news production at the NBC affiliate in Louisville, WAVE 3.
When she’s not working, Dakota enjoys reading, listening to music (preferably live in concert), and going to the movie theater.
Dakota is excited to be in the Northwoods and would love to hear from you. If you have any story ideas, please contact her at email@example.com
Erin joined the Newswatch 12 News Team in January 2017 as an anchor and reporter. She's an Okie, coming all the way from Tulsa, Oklahoma, but she is thrilled to make the Northwoods her new home.
She attended Owasso High School, where she competed in swimming, cross country and track. Her swimming career continued onto the collegiate level; she competed for two years at Henderson State University before transferring to the University of Arkansas to further her swimming and educational opportunities.
Erin graduated from the University of Arkansas in December 2016, majoring in English with a concentration in creative writing and minors in communications and Spanish.
In addition to competing as a student athlete, she completed three internships as well as a freelance writing job during her time as a Razorback. She interned as a news reporter for KOTV News on 6 in Tulsa and, a year later, at KNWA Northwest Arkansas News in Fayetteville. Simultaneously, she branched out and interned as a copywriter and editor for Ivie & Associates marketing firm. She has also been published five times as a freelancer in Citiscapes Magazine, the largest magazine in northwest Arkansas.
Erin’s interest in news began in high school after she was interviewed about her swimming. She liked the idea of making an impact on others, giving back to the community, and being a part of something bigger than herself.
During her time at the University of Arkansas, Erin won second place in a public speaking competition, where she talked about the problem of eating disorders among young girls. She was also asked to give the athlete commencement speech, which was later published.
When she's not busy at work, Erin enjoys running marathons, swimming, and lifting weights. She is also eager to try skiing, snowshoeing, and ice fishing for the first time!
Erin is looking forward to learning all about the Northwoods, and would love to hear from you! Feel free to send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Rose joined the Newswatch 12 News Team in July 2017 as an anchor and reporter, just a few months after interning here in the winter. Originally from Chicago, Rose is excited to be back in the Northwoods.
Rose graduated from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, with a degree in journalism and psychology. While at Northwestern, Rose was the video editor for North by Northwestern, an online newsmagazine. She was also the recipient of an Evans Scholarship, a tuition and housing scholarship for golf caddies.
While in college, Rose interned at Comcast SportsNet in Chicago, where she got to cover the Cubs and the Blackhawks, two of her favorite teams. She also spent a summer in San Antonio working at KSAT as a news intern.
Rose is eager to get involved in the Northwoods community and would love to hear from you. Email her at email@example.com if you have a story idea or would just like to say hello.
Andrew Goldstein joined Newswatch 12 in June 2018 as a sports anchor and reporter. As a self-described “Jersey guy,” Andrew spent the first 18 years of his life in Cranbury, New Jersey, developing his taste for tomato pies and pork roll.
He then attended Marquette University in Milwaukee, where he somehow graduated with a journalism degree in May 2018. While there, Andrew was a beat writer, television reporter, and play-by-play broadcaster for the sports desk of the Marquette Wire, the university’s student-run multimedia news service. Andrew served as the Wire’s sports content executive in his senior year, during which he created a new Snapchat preview show for Marquette basketball games.
Andrew interned at New Jersey 101.5, ESPN Milwaukee, WISN-TV (Milwaukee) and WFMZ-TV (Allentown, Pennsylvania) in addition to freelancing for the BIG EAST Conference. He was also a tour guide in the admissions office, convincing high schoolers to be the difference at Marquette.
While not on the clock, you can find Andrew hiking on some lightly trafficked trail, reading nonfiction books, or in front of the TV, despondent that the New York Jets lost again.
If you have a story for Andrew or just want to talk sports, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please feel free to say hello if you see him out and about. He doesn’t bite.
Mazie joined the Newswatch 12 News Team in June 2018 as sports anchor and reporter. She’s a lifelong lover of sports and very excited to start her career in the Northwoods.
She grew up in Stratford, Texas, a small town in the Texas Panhandle. From the time she was a child, she traveled all over the country to watch hundreds of sporting events on the high school, NCAA, and professional levels. Those experiences gave her insight into the value and excitement of sports, which is the main reason she is pursuing a career in broadcasting.
Mazie graduated in May 2018 from the University of Arkansas with a double major in broadcast journalism and communications. While in college, she served as sports director, reporter, anchor, and producer for UATV, University of Arkansas Television. She also worked for the Razorbacks Sports Network. Her responsibilities there were very diverse and included running the event video board, studio editing, reporting, press conferences, camera assistance, research, and more. Through RSN, she got the opportunity to work with ESPN, ESPNU, the SEC Network, and numerous area media outlets.
She loves life and tries to live with purpose every single day. When she gets the chance, she loves to travel, try new fitness classes, and go to concerts. She loves being outside, playing golf, and learning new things. (And she’s never met a dog she didn’t like!)
So, what's your story? She’d love to hear it! Feel free to contact her anytime at email@example.com.
If you see her out and about, please stop and say hello! She loves to spark up conversations and will be soaking up the Northwoods lifestyle!
Katie Thoresen joined the Newswatch 12 team in January 2015 as the 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. producer. In July she became a full-time reporter.
Katie grew up outside Chicago but has been coming to the Northwoods her entire life. She has always considered Lake Tomahawk home. Katie graduated from Central Michigan University with a degree in photojournalism and anthropology. She worked as a photographer and assistant photo editor for her school's award-winning newspaper.
After college Katie completed two internships as a photographer for the National Park Service in Alaska. It was a great setting to grow her love of the outdoors and sense of adventure. You can almost always find her out on the hiking trails on her days off.
If you want share your favorite hiking spot or have a story idea feel free to contact Katie at firstname.lastname@example.org
Nick Beversdorf joined the Newswatch 12 team in November 2016 as a producer and multimedia journalist.
Nick graduated from UW-Whitewater in 2015 with B.S. degree in English and a minor in philosophy. While at Whitewater, he worked for the media/technology department in the College of Letters & Sciences. He produced and edited many promotional videos for the department and the campus diversity forum.
Nick was born and raised in Merrill. While attending Merrill High School, he worked for the City’s public access station, Merrill Productions, where he shot and edited video for local events and produced and edited large productions such as the fall play and the high school graduation.
Before joining Newswatch 12, he covered events, mainly sports, for the Merrill Foto News.
In his free time, Nick loves to read, write, play video games, and enjoy local events with his friends and his wife, Kaitlyn.
Geoff joined the Newswatch12 team in November 2015 as a weekend meteorologist and reporter. In 2018 Geoff received the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association award for Best Weathercast.
Geoff didn’t travel far to end up in the Northwoods. A native of Grayslake, Illinois, Geoff spent his summers at the family lake house near Stevens Point. A graduate of the University of Oklahoma, Geoff supplemented his broadcast meteorology education with Mississippi State University.
Directly out of college, Geoff took a career detour. He entered the business world working in several large cities all over the country, including stops in Chicago, Miami, Orlando, Dallas, Phoenix, Cleveland, Atlanta and Las Vegas. While his experiences in the business world proved successful, they took him away from his true passion. In late 2013 Geoff decided the time was right to follow his dreams. He quit his job, re-enrolled in school, and picked up a full time weather internship at WGBA-TV (NBC26) in Green Bay to compliment his previous years long internships in Oklahoma City.
Geoff loves the outdoors. While he is technically always working (observing the weather is a 24/7 job!), you can also find him skiing, biking, and boating that is, when he isn’t up in the air sharpening his skills as a licensed pilot and Certified Flight Instructor.
Geoff could not be happier to be working in north central Wisconsin and would love to hear from you. Feel free to reach him at email@example.com.
Chad joined the Newswatch 12 team in March 2016 as a meteorologist and reporter.
A native of Green Bay, WI, Chad is no stranger to the very diverse weather that we experience in this part of the world. He attended Ashwaubenon High School, where he played hockey and football. His football career continued onto the collegiate level; he played two seasons at UW-Stevens Point before transferring to St. Cloud State University to earn his Bachelor of Science degree in meteorology.
Chad's interest in weather began in kindergarten after he read the book I Like the Rain. He's not sure what caused him to pick that book to read, but he's happy he did! Growing up, Chad could often be found watching The Weather Channel and taking daily temperature and precipitation readings at his house. He knew at an early age that he wanted to pursue meteorology as a career.
During his time in college at St. Cloud State, Chad was named the chief meteorologist for the campus TV station, UTVS. He also earned internships at WLUK-TV in Green Bay and WDIO-TV in Duluth, MN. Chad has a huge passion for winter weather, which is why he chose to do his senior research project on the ice storm that affected the Atlanta, GA, area in January 2014. Before moving to the Northwoods, Chad worked as a production assistant at WFRV-TV in Green Bay while continuing to work on his weather presentation skills.
During his free time Chad loves to play sports and watch his favorite teams, especially the Green Bay Packers, Wisconsin Badgers, and Minnesota Wild. He is also eager to take part in the many outdoor activities that the Northwoods has to offer. During the hockey season, he travels to officiate games in the American Hockey League and Big Ten conference.
Chad is looking forward to working in an area close to his hometown and forecasting the rapidly changing weather conditions in northern Wisconsin. Feel free to touch base with him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ryan joined Newswatch 12 in September 2016 as a meteorologist and news producer. The Burnsville, Minnesota, native graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from South Dakota State University, where he also played for the hockey team. He went on to receive a certification in weather forecasting from Penn State University.
Weather, especially severe weather, has always been Ryan’s passion. He grew up feeling absolutely terrified of storms and severe weather, but that fear also sparked curiosity and, eventually, love.
While studying in the Penn State program, Ryan became an intern meteorologist with KARE 11 in Minneapolis. In 2014, he began working with a storm-chasing tour company as a meteorologist and guide. He has been guiding, forecasting, and writing on social media for storm-chasing tours ever since. In the spring of 2015, Ryan began teaching storm-spotting classes to the public as part of the National Weather Service’s SKYWARN program. He still teaches classes each spring, preparing new groups of spotters for severe weather season.
Ryan loves the outdoors and can be found hunting and fishing whenever he gets the chance. He’s also a big hockey fan and takes pride in cheering on the Minnesota Wild.
He is looking forward to working in the Northwoods, and he would love to hear from you. Feel free to connect with him at email@example.com
John joined Newswatch 12 in 2012, when he returned to Rhinelander to live and work after being away from the Northwoods for more than 40 years. Six years later, he continues to train, advise and mentor the journalists at Newswatch 12.
He graduated from Rhinelander Union High School in 1968, earned two journalism degrees from Northwestern University, and worked as a television journalist in Green Bay, Salinas, CA, San Francisco, and Columbia, MO. He served as a faculty member at the University of Missouri School of Journalism, where he taught broadcast journalism.
For 20 years, he consulted local TV stations all over the country as a vice president at Frank N. Magid Associates. His duties focused on using audience research to help local news operations better serve viewers.
John and his wife, Karen, both grew up in Rhinelander and love the seasonal changes, the pace of life, the outdoors, the Packers and Badgers and the sense of fun that they find here. Gardening, grilling, puttering around, snowshoeing, managing trees, looking at wildlife, and just enjoying the closeness of the outdoors are things that fill the time with pleasure.
“I’m really happy to be able to sneak up on retirement and still spend significant time in the newsroom with people I’ve recruited, hired and trained. They work very hard to tell the stories that matter to the people of this wonderful part of Wisconsin.”