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Carole Meekins

By Lisa Heinze

Carole Meekins

Click here to read Carole's blog, "The Good News"

Carole Meekins is the longest tenured 10:00pm anchor in the Milwaukee market. She has been at TODAY'S TMJ4 since November of 1991.  She co-anchors "Live at 5:00," "Live at 6:00," "Live at 6:30," and "Live at 10:00."  The daughter of a US Air Force officer, Carole traveled the globe growing up. "I'm thankful for my traveling experiences. It helped me realize that life is about humanity, and we are all connected." Shortly after graduating with a degree in Music from the University of Illinois-Champaign, Carole started out far from the bright lights of television. She began as a music teacher. Her first television job was as co-host of "God's Musical World" on KTVI in St. Louis. Carole's first television news job was at KPLR-TV in St. Louis . She also worked at WAKA-TV in Montgomery, Alabama, WRIC-TV in Richmond, Virginia, and WEWS-TV in Cleveland, Ohio. She is enjoying life in Milwaukee and says some of her most memorable assignments were covering the Pope's visit to St. Louis, the Inauguration of President George W. Bush and covering the one year anniversary of September 11th in New York.  So, what does this music teacher turned successful anchor like to do outside her hectic Monday through Friday schedule? "When I get the chance, I love to read." Carole explained. "It's such a diversion from what I do day to day, which can get intense." Her love of music hasn't disappeared either, although she admits she does not have enough time to play. "I can either work out or play the piano when I get up in the morning. I find that working out is essential in a pressure-filled job."

Carole believes in giving back, and her calendar is always full with speaking engagements and public appearances throughout the Greater Milwaukee Area.  Her weekly "Positively Milwaukee" reports celebrate good news and inspirational stories of people, places, and events throughout southeast Wisconsin.

Carole is also proud to help young cancer victims through her work with the MACC fund (Midwest Athletes against Childhood Cancer). Every year, she co-hosts the Sports Auction for MACC, which has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for pediatric cancer research.

Meekins was also chosen to carry the Olympic Torch in conjunction with NBC's coverage of the 2000 Olympics. She is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists.  Plus, Carole has received numerous awards including a "Merit Award" from the Wisconsin Broadcasting Association for Positively Milwaukee; Second Place Award from the Milwaukee Press Club for her Positively Milwaukee Special, Virginia Associated Press Award for Best feature; Media Award from the American Cancer Society of Wisconsin;  Induction into the Mascoutah High School Hall of Fame; "Women on the Move" award by the Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc.; Leadership Award Milwaukee Area Girl Scouts; Media Award of Excellence St. Vincent De Paul Society;  Milwaukee Community Journal Lifetime Service Award; Milwaukee Streets of Peace Award, and Department of Veterans Affairs "Special Contribution Award." Meekins is also proud to have been honored by Holy Redeemer Church in Milwaukee in its salute to 100 Black Women. Carole's reporting has also earned honors from the Associated Press of Virginia. Meekins is a member of Professional Dimensions, and is on the advisory board for the Mother Kathryn Daniel's Conference Center and Walker's Point Youth and Family Center.

When she is not at work, and when there is time, Carole and her husband love to take long walks along Lake Michigan.

If you’d like to write to Carole, email her at cmeekins@todaystmj4.com.

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