Patrick Paolantonio will join Joyce Garbaciak to create the new co-anchor team of WISN 12 News at 6:00 p.m., effective today. The transition follows the retirement of Kathy Mykleby.
“Patrick’s been an integral part of our station and anchor teams for more than 15 years, and Joyce has been a respected mainstay across southeastern Wisconsin for more than 25 years,” said Jan Wade, president and general manager of WISN 12. “While no one will ever replace Kathy, Patrick and Joyce are the perfect combination to carry on Kathy’s passion and commitment to important local coverage.”
Recognized by a number of prestigious organizations including The Associated Press and the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association (WBA), Paolantonio is an award-winning journalist and reporter. Since joining WISN 12 in 2002, he has covered news events like the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster, Pope Francis’ visit to Congress, and Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan’s election as House Speaker.
Garbaciak is a five-time Chicago regional Emmy Award winner, as well as the recipient of the George Foster Peabody Award and an Edward R. Murrow Award. In 2012, she was inducted into the Silver Circle, a lifetime achievement honor bestowed by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Throughout her career, Garbaciak has had one-on-one interviews with President Barack Obama, President Bill Clinton, and New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan. In addition, an investigative series she reported led to a change in Wisconsin law regarding the posting of code violations at daycare centers.