Her career began in high school when she hosted the teen talk show on Milwaukee’s WAWA. Two weeks after graduating with honors in film from Northwestern, she started working for WTMJ. In 1973, Joanne and Pete Wilson started The Morning Scene – the first 30-minute, early morning TV newscast in Milwaukee.
That was followed by several years at WGN in Chicago as a reporter, writer and part-time weathercaster.
She returned as WITI’s Community Relations Director in 1978, producing many projects, including “The Disabled Are Able”, which was nominated for a national daytime Emmy. In 1982, Joanne returned to the WITI newsroom and wore many hats as reporter, anchor and producer during her tenure.
Today, she is the host and segment producer for Milwaukee Public Television's "Black Nouveau" which won a Chicago Regional EMMY for the special “Crossing The Bridge” in 2018, awards from the National Association of Black Journalists in 2012 and won the Bronze award from the Milwaukee Press Club for Best Documentary or news special for the program "Harry Kemp: The Photography Man".
Joanne was a regional director on the board of the National Association of Black Journalists, a founding member of the Wisconsin Black Media Association, past president of the Milwaukee Press Club. She is a member of the Milwaukee Press Club Hall of Fame and a National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Silver Circle honoree in 2009. In 2014 the Milwaukee Business Journal honored her as a Woman of Influence for her inspiration to others.
Joanne “retired” in 2008.
Ross is a video editor and videographer at Tanner-Monagle. He has a passion for producing meaningful videos about people and companies who have a unique story to tell, as well as music videos and documentaries. Outside of Tanner-Monagle, when he isn't moonlighting as Dave Murray in an Iron Maiden cover band, Ross can be found hiking with his family, golfing at 5:00am and playing in various local bands.
Deb is a veteran of television news and production. Her film background includes being an executive producer of the documentary "Healing Hearts" which was screened at the national G.I. Film Festival in Washington, D.C.
This documentary focuses on the initial year of the groundbreaking of Camp Hometown Heroes.
Deb is Director of Outreach for Hometown Heroes nonprofit and has been with Camp Hometown Heroes since its inception. Camp Hometown Heroes
is a unique national summer camp free to Gold Star children who have lost a veteran of military service. The camp offers the opportunity to bond with
others who've faced the same loss and gives them grief therapy to move forward in the healing process.
PRODUCTION MANAGER, DESIGNER
Kathleen is a visual designer and creative director who has 20+ years of experience leading design teams in the broadcast and financial industries. She has a special interest in video production, filmmaking and fine art. As a colleague and friend of Joanne Williams, Kathleen was drawn to the relevance of the “Kaukauna & King: 50 Years Later” story and its positive message.
Kathleen is supporting logistics, remote and studio production, planning and design for the film.
ROBERT SMITH, PhD
Dr. Robert Samuel Smith is a professor of history and the Director of the Center for Urban Research Teaching and Outreach at Marquette University. Dr. Smith specializes in African American history, civil rights history, and the intersection of race and law.