Host of Black Nouveau
Meet Joanne Williams
When she was still in high school, Joanne Williams already was involved in broadcast journalism. She hosted a teen talk show on WAWA, a Milwaukee radio station, and the experience helped inspire her career choice.
The new host for BLACK NOUVEAU, one of MPTV's locally produced programs, has spent most of her life in the world of Milwaukee television. She has a long list of honors confirming her role as a prominent broadcast journalist, including membership in the Milwaukee Press Club Hall of Fame.
A familiar face to thousands of Milwaukee viewers, Joanne spent 30 years at WITI-TV (Fox 6). She joined the station initially as community affairs director and worked there as an anchor, talk show host, medical reporter and education reporter.
"If I averaged just one report a day, then I told about 14,000 stories on the air," the veteran interviewer said. She is happy to be doing more stories on BLACK NOUVEAU, which is dedicated to promoting positive images of African-American life in Milwaukee.
Joanne began preparing for her career as a student at Northwestern University. After graduating with film production honors, she went to work at WTMJ-TV as a film editor, producer and writer. She later co-anchored the first early-morning, local news program in Milwaukee, THE MORNING SCENE.
A past president of the Wisconsin Black Media Association and active in other organizations, Joanne is a frequent speaker at community events. She often tells audiences that "Education is the key...and after school, news is the education we all use for the rest of our lives."