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News Team Biographies
Anchors/Reporters
Justin Betti
Anchor
Justin joined Newswatch 12 in December 2019. He's an award-winning news reporter and Emmy-nominated sports anchor with more than a decade of experience working for different TV stations across the country. Most recently, he helped launch the news brand on WATM ABC 23 in State College, Pennsylvania as their main news anchor.

Justin's a proud husband and father to two young kids. The whole family is excited to explore life in the beautiful Northwoods.

He happily accepts news tips, restaurant suggestions, and requests to play tennis (when it's warm enough) at jbetti@wjfw.com.

Follow Justin on social media at @JustinBettiTV.
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Justin Betti
Anchor
Justin joined Newswatch 12 in December 2019. He's an award-winning news reporter and Emmy-nominated sports anchor with more than a decade of experience working for different TV stations across the country. Most recently, he helped launch the news brand on WATM ABC 23 in State College, Pennsylvania as their main news anchor.

Justin's a proud husband and father to two young kids. The whole family is excited to explore life in the beautiful Northwoods.

He happily accepts news tips, restaurant suggestions, and requests to play tennis (when it's warm enough) at jbetti@wjfw.com.

Follow Justin on social media at @JustinBettiTV.
Peter Dubois
Reporter/Anchor
Peter joined the Newswatch 12 team in July 2019 as an anchor and reporter. He was born and raised in New Hampshire, and he’s excited to start his career in the Northwoods.

Peter earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism from Keene State College. During his time at KSC, he served as the host and feature reporter for his college’s TV sports show, Inside Owl Athletics. He also found a passion for radio through the college’s student-run station, WKNH. There he led a passionate executive-board as the General Manager and helped bring a wide variety of musicians to campus.

When he isn’t working, Peter likes to ski, explore the outdoors, and play piano. He’s also a huge Boston sports fan. Peter has the travel bug. He’s been lucky enough to visit Uganda, Costa Rica, Switzerland, Ireland, and France.

If you have a story to tell, or simply want to say hello, you can get in touch with Peter at pdubois@wjfw.com. You can also find him on Facebook and Twitter @PeterDuboisTV.
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Peter Dubois
Reporter/Anchor
Peter joined the Newswatch 12 team in July 2019 as an anchor and reporter. He was born and raised in New Hampshire, and he’s excited to start his career in the Northwoods.

Peter earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism from Keene State College. During his time at KSC, he served as the host and feature reporter for his college’s TV sports show, Inside Owl Athletics. He also found a passion for radio through the college’s student-run station, WKNH. There he led a passionate executive-board as the General Manager and helped bring a wide variety of musicians to campus.

When he isn’t working, Peter likes to ski, explore the outdoors, and play piano. He’s also a huge Boston sports fan. Peter has the travel bug. He’s been lucky enough to visit Uganda, Costa Rica, Switzerland, Ireland, and France.

If you have a story to tell, or simply want to say hello, you can get in touch with Peter at pdubois@wjfw.com. You can also find him on Facebook and Twitter @PeterDuboisTV.
Rachael Eyler
Weekend Producer/ Anchor/Investigative Reporter
Rachael Eyler is an award winning investigative journalist coming to the Northwoods from New York’s Hudson Valley.

She graduated from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in December of 2019 with a degree in Journalism and minor in international relations and global affairs.

Rachael is a two time recipient of the Marie Colvin International Reporting award and the Daniel Conway award. Additionally, she won the 2019 Investigative Reporter and Editors Medal for her in-depth coverage of Deepfake Revenge Pornography.

Before joining the Newswatch 12 team in April of 2020, Rachael traveled the globe covering various political and cultural issues. Most recently she returned from the United Kingdom where she worked with the Wall Street Journal covering the Covid-19 pandemic. She has also worked with CBS and interned for MSNBC, MetroTV News in Ghana, West Africa and The BBC.

When not investigating her latest story, Rachael is passionate about being an advocate for student media and young journalist, often being a guest speaker in middle schools and high schools to teach News Literacy.

Although she can never fully turn off her journalist mode, Rachael does appreciate her small breaks from the news world to recharge. You can often find her kayaking on the Wisconsin River, hiking with her two dogs or getting back to her musical roots with her guitar and singing to the latest radio hit.

If you have a story idea for Rachael, email her at reyler@wjfw.com.
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Rachael Eyler
Weekend Producer/ Anchor/Investigative Reporter
Rachael Eyler is an award winning investigative journalist coming to the Northwoods from New York’s Hudson Valley.

She graduated from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in December of 2019 with a degree in Journalism and minor in international relations and global affairs.

Rachael is a two time recipient of the Marie Colvin International Reporting award and the Daniel Conway award. Additionally, she won the 2019 Investigative Reporter and Editors Medal for her in-depth coverage of Deepfake Revenge Pornography.

Before joining the Newswatch 12 team in April of 2020, Rachael traveled the globe covering various political and cultural issues. Most recently she returned from the United Kingdom where she worked with the Wall Street Journal covering the Covid-19 pandemic. She has also worked with CBS and interned for MSNBC, MetroTV News in Ghana, West Africa and The BBC.

When not investigating her latest story, Rachael is passionate about being an advocate for student media and young journalist, often being a guest speaker in middle schools and high schools to teach News Literacy.

Although she can never fully turn off her journalist mode, Rachael does appreciate her small breaks from the news world to recharge. You can often find her kayaking on the Wisconsin River, hiking with her two dogs or getting back to her musical roots with her guitar and singing to the latest radio hit.

If you have a story idea for Rachael, email her at reyler@wjfw.com.
Georgina Fernandez

Georgina Fernandez is a multimedia journalist who joined the NewsWatch12 team in August 2020.

Fernandez grew up in Sherwood, Oregon just outside of Portland. As well as spending half her life being raised in Bari Sardo on the beautiful Island of Sardania in Italy.

She graduated from the University of Oregon in June 2020 with a double major in Advertising and Journalism with a focus in Broadcast and Islamic Studies. During college, she worked for PAC-12 Network as a videographer. She also produced the U of O’s student-ran television show, DuckTV. During University, she competed in the University of Mock Trial team as both an attorney and witnesses.

Previously to joining the NewsWatch12 team, Fernandez worked in Accra, Ghana for Today Newspaper, and ran the Oregon division of the online publication Odyssey. She was also the national correspondent representative for WJMC for Oregon, spending time in DC.

Fernandez is a major foodie and loves spending her free time cooking and learning about culture. She is currently working on getting her certification for being trilingual! And hopes to start working on becoming fluent in Arabic next. Back at home, she spent much of her free time at the lake and hiking. She is excited to see what the Northwoods have to offer her and get to know the community more and is open to any advice people may have on locations to check out.

Her journalism interest surround Middle Eastern, North African and Native American culture, crime, education and humanitarian issues.

If you have a story for Georgina, email her at gfernandez@wjfw.com
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Georgina Fernandez

Georgina Fernandez is a multimedia journalist who joined the NewsWatch12 team in August 2020.

Fernandez grew up in Sherwood, Oregon just outside of Portland. As well as spending half her life being raised in Bari Sardo on the beautiful Island of Sardania in Italy.

She graduated from the University of Oregon in June 2020 with a double major in Advertising and Journalism with a focus in Broadcast and Islamic Studies. During college, she worked for PAC-12 Network as a videographer. She also produced the U of O’s student-ran television show, DuckTV. During University, she competed in the University of Mock Trial team as both an attorney and witnesses.

Previously to joining the NewsWatch12 team, Fernandez worked in Accra, Ghana for Today Newspaper, and ran the Oregon division of the online publication Odyssey. She was also the national correspondent representative for WJMC for Oregon, spending time in DC.

Fernandez is a major foodie and loves spending her free time cooking and learning about culture. She is currently working on getting her certification for being trilingual! And hopes to start working on becoming fluent in Arabic next. Back at home, she spent much of her free time at the lake and hiking. She is excited to see what the Northwoods have to offer her and get to know the community more and is open to any advice people may have on locations to check out.

Her journalism interest surround Middle Eastern, North African and Native American culture, crime, education and humanitarian issues.

If you have a story for Georgina, email her at gfernandez@wjfw.com
Dan Hagen
Reporter/Anchor
Dan came aboard Newswatch 12 in February 2019. He grew up in Appleton, Wisconsin and spent many weekends at his family's cottage in Arbor Vitae.

Dan graduated from St. Olaf College in 2017 with a major in mathematics. He is a member of a mathematics national honor society Pi Mu Epsilon. During Dan's sophomore year at St. Olaf he started a radio show at the college station. During his senior year, Dan had an internship at KYMN 95.1 in Northfield, Minnesota where he wrote and read news stories.

After graduating, he joined a major healthcare company in the Twin Cities metro area to work as an analyst. He enjoyed his coworkers and paycheck, but a year and a half into his job he decided to pursue his passion of journalism and returned to the Northwoods.

Nature and outdoor recreation have always been big parts of his life, most prominently working for the Forest Service and cross-country skiing. During the summers between college terms, Dan worked in the Kootenai National Forest. He spent most of his weekends backpacking and still enjoys camping, especially in the Boundary Waters. Dan was on the ski team in college and has done 5 Kortes and 5 Birkies to date. You'll often find Dan either at the Minocqua Winter Park or WinMan Trails working on his V2 technique.

Dan is also passionate about music. He knows perhaps too much about the Beatles, and was even in a Beatles cover band in college. He plays guitar, piano, ukulele and started writing music a couple years ago. Dan released his first solo album "Stranded" in February 2019.

Dan is an owner for the Green Bay Packers and a lifelong, diehard fan. He is a congenital anosmiac - meaning that he has never had a sense of smell. Dan climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in 2016.

Feel free to email Dan at dhagen@wjfw.com for a story idea or just to say hey.
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Dan Hagen
Reporter/Anchor
Dan came aboard Newswatch 12 in February 2019. He grew up in Appleton, Wisconsin and spent many weekends at his family's cottage in Arbor Vitae.

Dan graduated from St. Olaf College in 2017 with a major in mathematics. He is a member of a mathematics national honor society Pi Mu Epsilon. During Dan's sophomore year at St. Olaf he started a radio show at the college station. During his senior year, Dan had an internship at KYMN 95.1 in Northfield, Minnesota where he wrote and read news stories.

After graduating, he joined a major healthcare company in the Twin Cities metro area to work as an analyst. He enjoyed his coworkers and paycheck, but a year and a half into his job he decided to pursue his passion of journalism and returned to the Northwoods.

Nature and outdoor recreation have always been big parts of his life, most prominently working for the Forest Service and cross-country skiing. During the summers between college terms, Dan worked in the Kootenai National Forest. He spent most of his weekends backpacking and still enjoys camping, especially in the Boundary Waters. Dan was on the ski team in college and has done 5 Kortes and 5 Birkies to date. You'll often find Dan either at the Minocqua Winter Park or WinMan Trails working on his V2 technique.

Dan is also passionate about music. He knows perhaps too much about the Beatles, and was even in a Beatles cover band in college. He plays guitar, piano, ukulele and started writing music a couple years ago. Dan released his first solo album "Stranded" in February 2019.

Dan is an owner for the Green Bay Packers and a lifelong, diehard fan. He is a congenital anosmiac - meaning that he has never had a sense of smell. Dan climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in 2016.

Feel free to email Dan at dhagen@wjfw.com for a story idea or just to say hey.
Cooper Henckel
Reporter/Producer
Cooper joined the Newswatch 12 News Team in October 2019.

Cooper was born and raised here in Rhinelander and knows the Northwoods quite well.

After graduating from Rhinelander High School, he attended the University of Minnesota to study Global Politics and the Sociology of Law, Criminology, and Deviance. While at The U, Cooper wrote for and eventually became Managing Director of The Wake Magazine. He also worked for the STEM Education Center, assisting in research and managing communications. He has written on topics ranging from what’s hot in video games to investigative looks at sex work in urban areas.

Since graduating, Cooper has worked in drug prevention and treatment. As part of a federal grant targeting opioid addiction, he developed curriculum still used to this day in high schools. After the grant period ended, Cooper left for sunny Miyazaki, Japan. Three years of teaching English, learning Japanese, and working to promote internationalization lead Cooper back to the States to pursue a career in media.

When Cooper isn’t producing the news, he’s an avid reader and writer, runs a podcast on folklore, and thinks way too much about TV plots.
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Cooper Henckel
Reporter/Producer
Cooper joined the Newswatch 12 News Team in October 2019.

Cooper was born and raised here in Rhinelander and knows the Northwoods quite well.

After graduating from Rhinelander High School, he attended the University of Minnesota to study Global Politics and the Sociology of Law, Criminology, and Deviance. While at The U, Cooper wrote for and eventually became Managing Director of The Wake Magazine. He also worked for the STEM Education Center, assisting in research and managing communications. He has written on topics ranging from what’s hot in video games to investigative looks at sex work in urban areas.

Since graduating, Cooper has worked in drug prevention and treatment. As part of a federal grant targeting opioid addiction, he developed curriculum still used to this day in high schools. After the grant period ended, Cooper left for sunny Miyazaki, Japan. Three years of teaching English, learning Japanese, and working to promote internationalization lead Cooper back to the States to pursue a career in media.

When Cooper isn’t producing the news, he’s an avid reader and writer, runs a podcast on folklore, and thinks way too much about TV plots.
Morgan Johnson
Production Assistant/Reporter
Morgan joined Newswatch 12 in October 2019 beginning as an apprentice and then moving to working part-time. Morgan is a Rhinelander native and loves all aspects the Northwoods has to offer, especially hunting, fishing, and snowmobiling. She graduated from Rhinelander High School in 2020 and attends Nicolet Area Technical College in the Liberal Arts program.
Traveling is a passion for Morgan. She’s been to over 30 states, and five foreign countries including Canada, China, Mongolia, Portugal, and Spain. Outside of work Morgan loves to ski. She also enjoys watching and playing sports of all kinds, but her favorite pastime is weightlifting.
Her favorite food is s’mores, if you consider that a food. Morgan loves being both a city-girl and small-town country girl. She has beef cows year-round, and has a twin brother two minutes younger than her.
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Morgan Johnson
Production Assistant/Reporter
Morgan joined Newswatch 12 in October 2019 beginning as an apprentice and then moving to working part-time. Morgan is a Rhinelander native and loves all aspects the Northwoods has to offer, especially hunting, fishing, and snowmobiling. She graduated from Rhinelander High School in 2020 and attends Nicolet Area Technical College in the Liberal Arts program.
Traveling is a passion for Morgan. She’s been to over 30 states, and five foreign countries including Canada, China, Mongolia, Portugal, and Spain. Outside of work Morgan loves to ski. She also enjoys watching and playing sports of all kinds, but her favorite pastime is weightlifting.
Her favorite food is s’mores, if you consider that a food. Morgan loves being both a city-girl and small-town country girl. She has beef cows year-round, and has a twin brother two minutes younger than her.
Meghan Mamlock

Meghan Mamlock joined the Newswatch12 team in August 2020 as a reporter. Meghan grew up on Cape Cod, MA where she spends every second at the beach and was even a lifeguard for the Town of Barnstable for 9 summers.

Meghan earned two bachelor degrees in Media Studies and Healthcare Management from Colby-Sawyer College in 2017. During her time at college she swam Div III and qualified for NEISDA Championships every year. She missed her junior year NEISDA championship when she studied abroad at Bond University on the Gold Coast of Australia. Which she says was worth it!

Before beginning her reporter career, she worked as a Talent Acquisition Coordinator at a tech company, she realized a desk job wasn’t for her and was determined to make it as a reporter. She soon landed a production assistant position at WHDH 7 NEWS Boston and now is happy to be here in the Northwoods.


Meghan is obsessed with the ocean, and is training for her next sprint triathlon. She is also an adrenaline junkie, skydiving twice and looking to go again.

Meghan is passionate about educating viewers on health/wellness and wildlife conservation.
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Meghan Mamlock

Meghan Mamlock joined the Newswatch12 team in August 2020 as a reporter. Meghan grew up on Cape Cod, MA where she spends every second at the beach and was even a lifeguard for the Town of Barnstable for 9 summers.

Meghan earned two bachelor degrees in Media Studies and Healthcare Management from Colby-Sawyer College in 2017. During her time at college she swam Div III and qualified for NEISDA Championships every year. She missed her junior year NEISDA championship when she studied abroad at Bond University on the Gold Coast of Australia. Which she says was worth it!

Before beginning her reporter career, she worked as a Talent Acquisition Coordinator at a tech company, she realized a desk job wasn’t for her and was determined to make it as a reporter. She soon landed a production assistant position at WHDH 7 NEWS Boston and now is happy to be here in the Northwoods.


Meghan is obsessed with the ocean, and is training for her next sprint triathlon. She is also an adrenaline junkie, skydiving twice and looking to go again.

Meghan is passionate about educating viewers on health/wellness and wildlife conservation.
Rachael Perry
Reporter
Rachael Perry joined Newswatch 12 in September 2020 as a reporter. She’s a Chicago native and grew up having a lakehouse in the Northwoods. While working at the station, Rachael is also finishing her senior year at Columbia College Chicago studying journalism.

She has a strong interest in investigative reporting calling Nellie Bly her idol and has done extensive work surrounding disability rights. Before joining the team, Rachael was the managing editor of her school magazine where she worked on a semester-long project writing letters to inmates on death row. She has been awarded various investigative journalism scholarships for her work and this past summer interned at The Lakeland Times. When she's not working, Rachael is passionate about working with and advocating for people with disabilities. She loves watching sports and despite living in the Northwoods, she is a big fan of the Chicago Bears and Cubs. 
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Rachael Perry
Reporter
Rachael Perry joined Newswatch 12 in September 2020 as a reporter. She’s a Chicago native and grew up having a lakehouse in the Northwoods. While working at the station, Rachael is also finishing her senior year at Columbia College Chicago studying journalism.

She has a strong interest in investigative reporting calling Nellie Bly her idol and has done extensive work surrounding disability rights. Before joining the team, Rachael was the managing editor of her school magazine where she worked on a semester-long project writing letters to inmates on death row. She has been awarded various investigative journalism scholarships for her work and this past summer interned at The Lakeland Times. When she's not working, Rachael is passionate about working with and advocating for people with disabilities. She loves watching sports and despite living in the Northwoods, she is a big fan of the Chicago Bears and Cubs. 
Maya Reese
Reporter/Digital Content Director
Maya joined the Newswatch 12 team in August 2019. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast Journalism, with a Political Science minor, from Howard University. Originally from Chicago, Maya developed a passion for storytelling and giving a voice to those who are typically overlooked. Maya has interned at numerous media outlets, including Fox News, NBC Sports Group, Complex Networks, ESPNU, ABC7, NBC News Channel, NBC Sports Washington, and Sony Music. She loves to report on different topics including politics, sports, entertainment, and investigations.

In her spare time, Maya hosts a YouTube channel where she uploads videos of her interviewing up-and-coming movers and shakers to share their personal life stories and promote their brands. She recently achieved a major accomplishment – being named a Forbes Under 30 scholar! Maya was able to attend the Forbes Under 30 Summit in Boston, MA, where she was able to be in the presence of over 9,000 young, brilliant entrepreneurs and business tycoons. In that same week, she was blessed with the opportunity to work the red carpet for the 2018 BET Hip Hop Awards in Miami, FL.

As a NBCUniversal Fellow and member of the Cathy Hughes Annenberg Honors Program at the Howard
University School of Communications, Maya can be described as a passionate, ambitious scholar. She produces video packages, writes articles, interviews artists, hosts a radio show, makes graphics, and has a published book. If asked, Maya would describe herself as someone who aims to help give people a voice and make society better day-by-day.

Please feel free to contact Maya at any time at mreese@wjfw.com if you want to give her a story idea or simply say hello.
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Maya Reese
Reporter/Digital Content Director
Maya joined the Newswatch 12 team in August 2019. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast Journalism, with a Political Science minor, from Howard University. Originally from Chicago, Maya developed a passion for storytelling and giving a voice to those who are typically overlooked. Maya has interned at numerous media outlets, including Fox News, NBC Sports Group, Complex Networks, ESPNU, ABC7, NBC News Channel, NBC Sports Washington, and Sony Music. She loves to report on different topics including politics, sports, entertainment, and investigations.

In her spare time, Maya hosts a YouTube channel where she uploads videos of her interviewing up-and-coming movers and shakers to share their personal life stories and promote their brands. She recently achieved a major accomplishment – being named a Forbes Under 30 scholar! Maya was able to attend the Forbes Under 30 Summit in Boston, MA, where she was able to be in the presence of over 9,000 young, brilliant entrepreneurs and business tycoons. In that same week, she was blessed with the opportunity to work the red carpet for the 2018 BET Hip Hop Awards in Miami, FL.

As a NBCUniversal Fellow and member of the Cathy Hughes Annenberg Honors Program at the Howard
University School of Communications, Maya can be described as a passionate, ambitious scholar. She produces video packages, writes articles, interviews artists, hosts a radio show, makes graphics, and has a published book. If asked, Maya would describe herself as someone who aims to help give people a voice and make society better day-by-day.

Please feel free to contact Maya at any time at mreese@wjfw.com if you want to give her a story idea or simply say hello.
Marisa Silvas
Anchor
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 msilvas@wjfw.com.
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Marisa Silvas
Anchor
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 msilvas@wjfw.com.
Sierra Whaley
Reporter
Sierra joined Newswatch 12 in August 2020. Born and raised on the beautiful coast of Charleston, SC, affectionately called “The Low Country”, Sierra grew to be a scholar athlete with a love for just about every sport you could imagine.

A graduate of DePaul University, in Chicago Illinois, Sierra earned her Master’s Degree in Journalism with an emphasis in Sports Broadcasting. As a student reporter, Sierra covered sporting events and served as a Sports Anchor for the college weekly program, “Good Day DePaul”. Sierra had the opportunity to complete her internship with NBC Sports in Chicago, where she embraced the atmosphere in the news room and provided assistance for professional sports events.

Sierra served as a Div. II tennis team member at Newberry College where she received her degree in Sports Management. It was at Newberry where she developed her passion for broadcasting while reporting student news on radio. During her studies, she completed her internship at WCDB News 2 in Charleston, SC . During her sports tenure, Sierra was a recipient of multiple awards. She was selected MVP for tennis and basketball for 5 consecutive years. As a teen and USTA member, she participated in several tennis tournaments. Annually, she volunteered for The Family Circle Cup as a crew member for professionals athletes such as the Williams’ sisters and Sharapova to name a few. Sierra was selected to participate as an Ambassador of Sports where she traveled to the Netherlands to play international tennis with teens athletes from all around the world.

If she’s not working out, in her spare time Sierra enjoys spending time with her family and friends cooking, writing poetry, watching her favorite sports or watching movies.

Share your story ideas or a Wisconsin welcome by emailing Sierra at swhaley@wjfw.com
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Sierra Whaley
Reporter
Sierra joined Newswatch 12 in August 2020. Born and raised on the beautiful coast of Charleston, SC, affectionately called “The Low Country”, Sierra grew to be a scholar athlete with a love for just about every sport you could imagine.

A graduate of DePaul University, in Chicago Illinois, Sierra earned her Master’s Degree in Journalism with an emphasis in Sports Broadcasting. As a student reporter, Sierra covered sporting events and served as a Sports Anchor for the college weekly program, “Good Day DePaul”. Sierra had the opportunity to complete her internship with NBC Sports in Chicago, where she embraced the atmosphere in the news room and provided assistance for professional sports events.

Sierra served as a Div. II tennis team member at Newberry College where she received her degree in Sports Management. It was at Newberry where she developed her passion for broadcasting while reporting student news on radio. During her studies, she completed her internship at WCDB News 2 in Charleston, SC . During her sports tenure, Sierra was a recipient of multiple awards. She was selected MVP for tennis and basketball for 5 consecutive years. As a teen and USTA member, she participated in several tennis tournaments. Annually, she volunteered for The Family Circle Cup as a crew member for professionals athletes such as the Williams’ sisters and Sharapova to name a few. Sierra was selected to participate as an Ambassador of Sports where she traveled to the Netherlands to play international tennis with teens athletes from all around the world.

If she’s not working out, in her spare time Sierra enjoys spending time with her family and friends cooking, writing poetry, watching her favorite sports or watching movies.

Share your story ideas or a Wisconsin welcome by emailing Sierra at swhaley@wjfw.com
Zack White
Reporter
Zack joined Newswatch 12 team in July 2019 as a producer and reporter. He comes to the Northwoods from the sunny skies of Myrtle Beach, SC.

Zack graduated from Coastal Carolina University in 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in communications.
During his time at Coastal Carolina he was a member of the Track and Field and Cross Country teams.
During his senior year at CCU, he interned at WMBF News in Myrtle Beach where he shadowed reporters and producers.

Running is a big part of Zack’s life. While not at work you can find him doing long runs on trails around the Northwoods.

If you have a story idea for Zack, email him at zwhite@wjfw.com
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Zack White
Reporter
Zack joined Newswatch 12 team in July 2019 as a producer and reporter. He comes to the Northwoods from the sunny skies of Myrtle Beach, SC.

Zack graduated from Coastal Carolina University in 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in communications.
During his time at Coastal Carolina he was a member of the Track and Field and Cross Country teams.
During his senior year at CCU, he interned at WMBF News in Myrtle Beach where he shadowed reporters and producers.

Running is a big part of Zack’s life. While not at work you can find him doing long runs on trails around the Northwoods.

If you have a story idea for Zack, email him at zwhite@wjfw.com
Weather
Devin Biggs
Weekday Morning Meteorologist
Devin joined the Newswatch 12 team in October 2018 as the weekend meteorologist and reporter.
In late August 2020, he was promoted to the morning meteorologist roll with Newswatch 12 Today.

Devin moved up to northern Wisconsin from Central Illinois. He has enjoyed his time here in the Northwoods. Some of the adjustments Devin had to get accustomed to was the quantity of trees, the mosquitoes, and the winters Wisconsin is known for.

While forecasting up here can be a challenge, it makes his job exciting as conditions change very frequently.

Devin attended Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois, where he graduated with a bachelor’s of science in meteorology and a minor in broadcasting in Spring 2017. He got his first broadcasting experience in live TV when he interned for another NBC affiliate, WAND-TV 17 in Decatur, Illinois, in the summer of 2015. Devin’s experience grew when he was recruited to be the weather anchor for NEWS3, the on-campus TV station from January 2016 until he graduated. Additionally, Devin created forecasts for Tri-States Public Radio throughout his college years.

Devin is proud to call himself the No. 1 Leatherneck fan. On days they play, especially in football and basketball, you can expect Devin to be cheering his alma mater. An avid sports fan, he also cheers for the Wisconsin Badgers, Chicago NHL hockey, St. Louis Cardinals, and Chicago Bears.
Devin enjoys interacting with everyone. Please feel free to reach out to him on social media. You can find him on Facebook at "Meteorologist Devin Biggs" and "@mtrdevinbiggs on Twitter. You can also email him at dbiggs@wjfw.com.
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Devin Biggs
Weekday Morning Meteorologist
Devin joined the Newswatch 12 team in October 2018 as the weekend meteorologist and reporter.
In late August 2020, he was promoted to the morning meteorologist roll with Newswatch 12 Today.

Devin moved up to northern Wisconsin from Central Illinois. He has enjoyed his time here in the Northwoods. Some of the adjustments Devin had to get accustomed to was the quantity of trees, the mosquitoes, and the winters Wisconsin is known for.

While forecasting up here can be a challenge, it makes his job exciting as conditions change very frequently.

Devin attended Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois, where he graduated with a bachelor’s of science in meteorology and a minor in broadcasting in Spring 2017. He got his first broadcasting experience in live TV when he interned for another NBC affiliate, WAND-TV 17 in Decatur, Illinois, in the summer of 2015. Devin’s experience grew when he was recruited to be the weather anchor for NEWS3, the on-campus TV station from January 2016 until he graduated. Additionally, Devin created forecasts for Tri-States Public Radio throughout his college years.

Devin is proud to call himself the No. 1 Leatherneck fan. On days they play, especially in football and basketball, you can expect Devin to be cheering his alma mater. An avid sports fan, he also cheers for the Wisconsin Badgers, Chicago NHL hockey, St. Louis Cardinals, and Chicago Bears.
Devin enjoys interacting with everyone. Please feel free to reach out to him on social media. You can find him on Facebook at "Meteorologist Devin Biggs" and "@mtrdevinbiggs on Twitter. You can also email him at dbiggs@wjfw.com.
Andrew Kieckhefer
Weekend Meteorologist
Andrew is a Wisconsin native from Waterford, a small town on the outskirts of Milwaukee. He studied meteorology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After his time at UW Madison, Andrew worked in utility vegetation management out of northern California. There, he mitigated fire hazards, especially for the Kincade Fire in 2019. He is thrilled to be back in his home state and pursue his passion for weather.
Andrew enjoys traveling and outdoor recreation. During his time at Madison, he spent time living in Morocco to study Arabic language and Moroccan culture. In fact, he has visited 4 of the 7 continents so far. When he is stateside, he loves spending time at his family’s lake house in the Northwoods. In the wintertime you can find Andrew strapping on his snowboard and enjoying a fresh snowfall on the slopes and trails. During the summertime, Andrew is likely gearing up for camping and hiking adventures.
Andrew is always looking for good conversation. He can be reached at Facebook and Twitter by clicking the links above.
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Andrew Kieckhefer
Weekend Meteorologist
Andrew is a Wisconsin native from Waterford, a small town on the outskirts of Milwaukee. He studied meteorology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After his time at UW Madison, Andrew worked in utility vegetation management out of northern California. There, he mitigated fire hazards, especially for the Kincade Fire in 2019. He is thrilled to be back in his home state and pursue his passion for weather.
Andrew enjoys traveling and outdoor recreation. During his time at Madison, he spent time living in Morocco to study Arabic language and Moroccan culture. In fact, he has visited 4 of the 7 continents so far. When he is stateside, he loves spending time at his family’s lake house in the Northwoods. In the wintertime you can find Andrew strapping on his snowboard and enjoying a fresh snowfall on the slopes and trails. During the summertime, Andrew is likely gearing up for camping and hiking adventures.
Andrew is always looking for good conversation. He can be reached at Facebook and Twitter by clicking the links above.
Geoff Weller
Chief Meteorologist
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 gweller@wjfw.com.
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Geoff Weller
Chief Meteorologist
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 gweller@wjfw.com.
Sports
Andrew Goldstein
Sports Anchor/Reporter
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 agoldstein@wjfw.com. Please feel free to say hello if you see him out and about. He doesn’t bite.
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Andrew Goldstein
Sports Anchor/Reporter
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 agoldstein@wjfw.com. Please feel free to say hello if you see him out and about. He doesn’t bite.
Nathan Meihak
Sports Reporter
I was raised in Waupaca, Wisconsin, just a couple of hours south of Rhinelander. I attended the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and majored in Broadcast and Digital Media before graduating in May of 2020. While in school I was involved with the student news and radio stations, co-hosted an award-winning podcast, and wrote for a blog.

Before WJFW, I spent time working as a part-time sports photojournalist at WKBT-TV, radio personality for Mid-West Family Broadcasting, and interned for ESPN La Crosse.

When not covering sports, I'm probably watching them (I'm a Wisconsin sports fan through and through), and when I'm not watching them, I'm probably thinking of great stand-up jokes that nobody will ever hear.

Feel free to reach me with any story idea, thoughts, etc. at nmeihak@wjfw.com
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Nathan Meihak
Sports Reporter
I was raised in Waupaca, Wisconsin, just a couple of hours south of Rhinelander. I attended the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and majored in Broadcast and Digital Media before graduating in May of 2020. While in school I was involved with the student news and radio stations, co-hosted an award-winning podcast, and wrote for a blog.

Before WJFW, I spent time working as a part-time sports photojournalist at WKBT-TV, radio personality for Mid-West Family Broadcasting, and interned for ESPN La Crosse.

When not covering sports, I'm probably watching them (I'm a Wisconsin sports fan through and through), and when I'm not watching them, I'm probably thinking of great stand-up jokes that nobody will ever hear.

Feel free to reach me with any story idea, thoughts, etc. at nmeihak@wjfw.com
Griffin Stroin
Sports Reporter
Griffin Stroin joined Newswatch 12 in July 2020 as a sports reporter. He grew up in the Metro Detroit area and is excited to start his career in the Northwoods!

Griffin graduated from Michigan State University in May of 2020 with a degree in journalism where his love for storytelling began. During his time at MSU, he worked for the Emmy award-winning college newscast, Focal Point News. Starting as a producer, he worked his way up to senior producer before becoming a sports reporter/anchor. He also was an executive producer for a weekly sports show covering all Michigan State Athletics called the Spartan Sports Report.

Griffin has held internships at WLNS in Lansing, WJBK in Detroit, CBS Sports Network in New York City and ESPN in Bristol, Connecticut. He was also able to work at WILX in Lansing his senior year, helping cover high school football!

When Griffin is not working you can find him kayaking, biking or binge watching Game of Thrones for the millionth time.

If you have a story idea or just want to talk about the Seven Kingdoms, email him at gstroin@wjfw.com.
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Griffin Stroin
Sports Reporter
Griffin Stroin joined Newswatch 12 in July 2020 as a sports reporter. He grew up in the Metro Detroit area and is excited to start his career in the Northwoods!

Griffin graduated from Michigan State University in May of 2020 with a degree in journalism where his love for storytelling began. During his time at MSU, he worked for the Emmy award-winning college newscast, Focal Point News. Starting as a producer, he worked his way up to senior producer before becoming a sports reporter/anchor. He also was an executive producer for a weekly sports show covering all Michigan State Athletics called the Spartan Sports Report.

Griffin has held internships at WLNS in Lansing, WJBK in Detroit, CBS Sports Network in New York City and ESPN in Bristol, Connecticut. He was also able to work at WILX in Lansing his senior year, helping cover high school football!

When Griffin is not working you can find him kayaking, biking or binge watching Game of Thrones for the millionth time.

If you have a story idea or just want to talk about the Seven Kingdoms, email him at gstroin@wjfw.com.
Producers
Kevin Craft
Producer
Kevin joined the Newswatch 12 team in October 2019. He started his career in radio in Tawas City, Michigan; a small community along Lake Huron. There he hosted a Sunday night show, ran the audio board during sporting events, and produced content. Growing up, Kevin spent summers and weekends in Tawas City; he spent the rest of his time in suburban Detroit.

Kevin graduated from Rochester University in 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication. Before that, he completed a one-year course at Specs Howard School of Media Arts in Southfield, Michigan.

When he’s not working, Kevin loves watching Detroit Sports. He’s passionate about the Red Wings, Tigers, and Lions. He also enjoys finding fun outdoor activities.
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Kevin Craft
Producer
Kevin joined the Newswatch 12 team in October 2019. He started his career in radio in Tawas City, Michigan; a small community along Lake Huron. There he hosted a Sunday night show, ran the audio board during sporting events, and produced content. Growing up, Kevin spent summers and weekends in Tawas City; he spent the rest of his time in suburban Detroit.

Kevin graduated from Rochester University in 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication. Before that, he completed a one-year course at Specs Howard School of Media Arts in Southfield, Michigan.

When he’s not working, Kevin loves watching Detroit Sports. He’s passionate about the Red Wings, Tigers, and Lions. He also enjoys finding fun outdoor activities.
Adam Magdziak
Producer
Adam joined the Newswatch12 team in February of 2020 as a producer. He was born and raised in Ironwood, Michigan just an hour and a half north of Rhinelander. He is excited to grow and learn during his time in the Northwoods.

Adam graduated from Lake Superior State University in 2019 with a B.A. in Communications. During his time at Lake State, he was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon. He also gained a love of hockey during his college years.

Adam is a proud Eagle Scout and credits his years with the scouts for his work ethic and willingness to help others.

When he isn't working, Adam enjoys listening to music, working out, cheering on Boston sports teams, and spending time with friends. He is also a major history buff and can name all the presidents in order.

Other facts about Adam include that he has a birthmark on his tongue and has never eaten a taco!
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Adam Magdziak
Producer
Adam joined the Newswatch12 team in February of 2020 as a producer. He was born and raised in Ironwood, Michigan just an hour and a half north of Rhinelander. He is excited to grow and learn during his time in the Northwoods.

Adam graduated from Lake Superior State University in 2019 with a B.A. in Communications. During his time at Lake State, he was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon. He also gained a love of hockey during his college years.

Adam is a proud Eagle Scout and credits his years with the scouts for his work ethic and willingness to help others.

When he isn't working, Adam enjoys listening to music, working out, cheering on Boston sports teams, and spending time with friends. He is also a major history buff and can name all the presidents in order.

Other facts about Adam include that he has a birthmark on his tongue and has never eaten a taco!
News Director
Jerry Giesler
News Director
Jerry Giesler is a career broadcaster who comes to the North Woods from Missoula, Montana. He has numerous awards from the industry including Emmys for news coverage and the Distinguished Edward R. Murrow Award for over all efforts in Journalism.

Jerry loves teaching journalists who are new to the trade, and can be found in the newsroom working on writing and presentation.

"l love the North Woods, having vacationed here 16 summers with my parents."
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Jerry Giesler
News Director
Jerry Giesler is a career broadcaster who comes to the North Woods from Missoula, Montana. He has numerous awards from the industry including Emmys for news coverage and the Distinguished Edward R. Murrow Award for over all efforts in Journalism.

Jerry loves teaching journalists who are new to the trade, and can be found in the newsroom working on writing and presentation.

"l love the North Woods, having vacationed here 16 summers with my parents."