News Director | Executive Producer | Anchors | Reporters | Weather

  News Director

John Quarderer
News Director
John became the News Director at Newswatch12 at the beginning of 2012. He’s returning to Rhinelander to live and work after being away from the Northwoods for more than 40 years.

He graduated from Rhinelander High School, received two journalism degrees from Northwestern University, and worked as a television journalist at WBAY-TV in Green Bay, KSBW-TV in Salinas, CA, KGO-TV in San Francisco, and KOMU-TV in Columbia, MO. He served as a faculty member at the University of Missouri School of Journalism, where he taught broadcast journalism.

For the past 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 are very happy to be back in northern Wisconsin. They 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, just enjoying the closeness of the outdoors are things that fill the time with pleasure.

“The opportunity to lead and manage this team in this place is wonderful,” says John. “We’ll do all we can to keep the focus on local people and communities, and to be a unique source for sharing useful news and information for everyone who lives here.”

  Executive Producer

Ben Meyer
Executive Producer
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.


Lane Kimble
Managing Editor/Anchor
Lane Kimble returned to Newswatch 12 as Managing Editor in June 2015. He comes back to the station 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 one-year-old son, Ethan.

Adam Fox
10 p.m. Anchor/Reporter
Adam Fox joined WJFW in June 2013 as a reporter.

Adam comes to the Northwoods from Indiana, where he was born and raised. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Ball State University, where he studied journalism, telecommunications and marketing. Adam interned at WISH-TV in Indianapolis for two summers and shot Friday football games during the high school season.

Adam is an extreme political junky. He also loves covering news events from the local to the national level. He enjoys reading political and history books, while also trying to be a successful outdoorsman.

In his spare time, he loves watching movies, eating food and meeting new people. He likes to play basketball, golf, and baseball, as well as watch his hometown professional sports teams. His heroes are Abraham Lincoln, Colin Powell and Peyton Manning.

Adam is always happy to hear from viewers. If you have any story ideas, good history books to recommend or just want to say “howdy,” email him at afox@wjfw.com. And if you see him inside or outside of work, don’t hesitate to say hello!

Jeanine Ilacqua
Morning Anchor / Reporter
Jeanine joined the Newswatch 12 team in August 2014 as a reporter.

She comes to the Northwoods all the way from Easton, Massachusetts, a suburb south of Boston. Jeanine graduated cum laude from the Boston University College of Communication, where she studied broadcast journalism and political science. While at BU, Jeanine reported, anchored, and produced for the campus station, BUTV10.

Before joining Newswatch 12, Jeanine interned for the Rhode Show at WPRI in Providence. She also interned in the newsroom at NECN and the FOX 25 sports department, both in Boston. While studying abroad in Sydney, Australia, Jeanine interned as a segment producer for the Today Show on Australia’s Nine Network.

Jeanine is a girl who holds many wild dreams. While in Sydney, Jeanine fulfilled her dream of holding a koala. She hopes to one day ride an elephant.

Jeanine is a theater geek at heart. She is always singing, dancing, and smiling. She has done numerous musicals and plays. She had her first trip to the Midwest when she traveled to Ohio for show choir camp in high school. Jeanine also sang in her college all-female a cappella group, Terpsichore. She loves to cook, relax on the beach, and watch her hometown sports teams. Jeanine’s love will always be The New England Patriots, but she is willing to take on the Packers’ as a second team.

Jeanine is excited to join the Newswatch 12 team and learn everything about the Northwoods. Jeanine loves meeting new people and would love to hear from you. Email her with your story ideas or just to say hello at jilacqua@wjfw.com.

Karolina Buczek
Karolina comes to the Northwoods from New York City. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Syracuse University in 2013. She majored in Broadcast Journalism and Psychology. As an undergrad, she anchored, produced and reported for her school’s news station. Before joining Newswatch 12, Karolina interned for CNY Central in Syracuse. She also interned at the London Summer Olympics, where she watched Team USA win the gold in Women’s Gymnastics.

Karolina is an extreme foodie. She loves trying different types of cuisines, eating at new restaurants, and watching the Food Network. She is fluent in Polish and hopes to learn another language in the future. Karolina is also a die-hard Syracuse basketball fan and can’t wait to see Coach Boeheim win another National Championship. She has a good feeling that this will be the year for the Orange. Go ‘Cuse!

Karolina is excited to experience all the Northwoods has to offer. She’s no stranger to the snow and loves to ski and snowboard.

Karolina is always happy to hear from viewers. If you have any story ideas or just want to say hello, send her an email at kbuczek@wjfw.com .

Nolan Blair
Nolan joined the Newswatch 12 team in August of 2014 to cover sports and news. Nolan comes to the Northwoods from Indiana. He moved to Indiana in 2001 from Plano, Texas and stayed there until he graduated from college. He’s a 2014 graduate of Indiana University Bloomington where he studied Broadcast Journalism.

During his time at IU, he became Co-Sports Director of Indiana’s Student Television. He interned at Indiana’s Rivals.com site and Indiana’s Scout/Fox Sports site. He interned at two television stations, one in Indianapolis and one in Chicago.

Nolan is a huge auto racing fan and had the chance to cover the Indianapolis 500 and the Brickyard 400 during the Indianapolis internship.
Nolan is very happy to still be in Big Ten country and is excited to live in Wisconsin. He’s a Hoosiers fan, obviously, but understands that Bo Ryan knows how to beat Tom Crean. Nolan is ready to get acquainted with the Wisconsin racing scene, which he can already tell is impressive.

Nolan hopes to get the full experience of the Northwoods and to cover the outdoors. He appreciates all that the outdoors has to offer and the people who make it their passion.

Contact Nolan with cool story ideas relating to sports--and he means anything that relates to sports--at nblair@wjfw.com.

Dan Marz
Dan joined Newswatch 12 in June of 2014 to cover sports and news. He was born in Madison, Wisconsin, but moved shortly after to Pewaukee, Wisconsin.

Dan graduated from UW-Whitewater with a degree in broadcast journalism. During his time there, he worked closely with the campus television station, UWW-TV. He started out behind the camera for many of the campus shows. By his junior year, he produced and directed the school’s live newscasts. Senior year, Dan produced and co-hosted the school’s sports talk show every week.

Before joining WJFW, Dan worked as a news producer for almost a year in Green Bay.

Dan is a sports nut. He lives and breathes everything sports and recreation. He grew up playing baseball, basketball, football, and running cross-country and track.

If you have any sports-related story ideas, please don’t hesitate to email Dan at dmarz@wjfw.com

Mary O'Connell
Mary joined the Newswatch 12 team in February 2015. She's a Wisconsin native, coming from Trevor, WI, just outside of Kenosha, and she is excited to make the Northwoods her new home.

Mary graduated from Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications in December 2014, majoring in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Policy Studies. While studying at Syracuse, she worked as a reporter, anchor, and producer for the school's news station. Before joining the team, Mary interned at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, as well as spending two summers interning with CBS News in their Investigative Unit in New York City and Today's TMJ4 in Milwaukee.

When she's not busy at work, Mary enjoys traveling as much as possible. While studying abroad in France, she traveled through Europe and even visited Africa. Mary is an advocate for the fine arts, having performed throughout high school and college, and loves to sing in her free time.

Mary is looking forward to learning all about the Northwoods, and would love to hear from you! Feel free to send her an email at moconnell@wjfw.com.

Stephanie Haines
Stephanie joined Newswatch 12 in July 2015, just a few months after she interned here in the winter. She is so, so excited to be back. Summer looks good on the Northwoods!

Stephanie was born and raised in Wheaton, Illinois. She just graduated from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, located just outside Chicago. She also graduated high school with “Frank The Tank” Kaminsky, so she cheers for the Badgers except when they are playing her Northwestern Wildcats.

Before WJFW, Stephanie interned for ABC News as an investigative consumer reporter with "The Fixer." Before that, she spent her summer interning for Platts Energy Week, an all-energy news TV show in Washington, D.C. She spent last winter also in D.C. reporting for a school publication, Medill on the (Capitol) Hill. You can also see her bylines with the Medill Justice Project, Bouquet Catcher, Northwestern Magazine, and The Daily Northwestern.


Kaitlyn Howe
Kaitlyn joined Newswatch 12 last June to produce the 5 and 6 p.m. newscasts. In January she was hired full-time to report and produce.

Kaitlyn comes from McHenry, Illinois. She graduated from UW-Whitewater with a degree in Broadcast Journalism in May 2013. She was involved in the campus station, UWW-TV, for 7 out of the 8 semesters she spent in Whitewater. She anchored and produced UWWTV News and the morning show Wake Up Whitewater.

Kaitlyn enjoys the Northwoods because she loves the outdoors. She looks forward to swimming and hiking this summer.

She is always happy to hear from viewers. If you have a story idea or just want to say hello, email her at khowe@wjfw.com.

Anthony DaBruzzi
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 adabruzzi@wjfw.com.

Katie Thoresen
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 kthoresen@wjfw.com


Matt Benz
Chief Meteorologist
Matt joined WJFW back in February of 2008 as the Weekend Meteorologist. He was promoted to Morning Meteorologist in May of 2008 and has been Chief Meteorologist since September of 2010.

Matt graduated in May of 2007 from the University of North Dakota with B.S. degrees in Atmospheric Sciences and Environmental Geography. During his years in North Dakota, Matt was involved with several campus weather and news shows, including Prairie Weather Update, River Watch, UND Weather Update and Studio One, in which he worked as a forecaster, producer, anchor and feature reporter.

Matt grew up in Eden Prairie, a suburb of the Twin Cities, but he's a cheesehead at heart and has the Packer jerseys to prove it! He's considered the Northwoods his second home since childhood; his family’s roots are from all across the Northwoods and Central Wisconsin. In fact, his grandparents are Weather Watchers for the evening shows on Newswatch 12!

Believe it or not, Matt looks on his move to the Northwoods as if it were a move to the tropics, since the winters in North Dakota can be extremely cold and long, but they're always exciting!

While living in Grand Forks, Matt honed his forecasting skills by studying a wide range of weather conditions, including frequent blizzards, record-setting cold of -43°F (-70° with the wind chill) and snirt (combination of snow & dirt)!

Matt enjoys fishing and hunting during the summer and fall and skiing, snowmobiling and ice fishing when the snow rolls in. He looks forward to living in the Northwoods and exploring what Northern Wisconsin has to offer!

Wren Clair
Morning Weather
Wren Clair joined the Newswatch 12 team in August 2014 as a producer for the 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. while she trained to join the weather department. The Minnesotan comes to the area from Minneapolis and earned a full-time reporting position in January 2015. Wren is finishing the final touches of her Bachelor of Science in meteorology, and she's excited to forecast your weather.

Wren graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, where she double majored in chemistry and cultural anthropology. Wren has always been fascinated with earth and atmospheric science. Before joining WJFW, she worked in a variety of labs, including an organic synthesis lab, biomaterials and biomechanics lab, natural products lab. She also studied glacial analysis in the Swiss Alps.

Wren has always loved the outdoors and athletics. She loves living in the Northwoods, where she takes advantage of the many running, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing opportunities.

Wren is always excited to meet new people, and she is happy to hear from viewers. If you would like to say hello or pitch a story idea, you can email Wren at wrenclair@wjfw.com

Geoff Weller
Weekend Weather/Reporter
Geoff joined the Newswatch 12 team in November 2015 as a weekend weather anchor and reporter.

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, he is now earning his Bachelor of Science degree in meteorology.

Geoff's interest in weather started early. Growing up, he would often spend the family's yearly spring break trips indoors watching the local weather—a habit that his sister always thought odd. In later years, Geoff's fascination with weather brought him to Oklahoma, where he got a chance to spend time in the heart of Tornado Alley. Although some people might have felt wary of living in a place that offered such volatile weather conditions, Geoff loved every minute of his time there.

Directly out of college, Geoff took a career detour. He entered the business world and served several stints managing restaurants in large cities all over the country, including stops in Chicago, Miami, Orlando, Dallas, Phoenix, Cleveland, Atlanta, and Oklahoma City. While his experiences in the restaurant business proved successful, they took him away from his true passion. In 2014 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 complement a previous internship in Oklahoma City.

Geoff loves the outdoors. While he is technically always working (observing the weather in 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 the Northwoods and would love to hear from you. Feel free to reach out to him at gweller@wjfw.com.

Chad Roethlisberger
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 croethlisberger@wjfw.com


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