Wisconsin native Hannah Kirby joined the Capital Newspapers team as the new Wisconsin Dells Events reporter. Kirby previously wrote for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel as a freelancer following an internship in the features department of its newsroom. During her time with the Sentinel, she had the opportunity to write articles, film and edit videos covering a wide range of topics, from “The World’s Largest Music Festival” to magnetic false eyelashes.
“As a reporter, not a single day is exactly the same,” Kirby said. “That’s what I love about journalism.”
Kirby graduated from Marquette University in Milwaukee this past May where she majored in journalism and minored in digital media. She spent almost every school night in the campus television studios. “Hannah is very passionate about the work she does and there is no task she would not put her whole effort into,” Brian Georgeson, Kirby’s former manager at MUTV, said. “She is extremely determined and dependable.”
Capital Newspapers Weeklies Lead Jason Cuevas said the paper is looking forward to Kirby joining the staff.
“We’re excited to have Hannah (Kirby) on board,” Cuevas said. “We think her energy and enthusiasm will be a valuable asset to the paper and the community.”
Freshman year, Kirby wrote and hosted a weekly segment on MUTV, informing the campus on events happening around Milwaukee. She was the executive producer in the entertainment department the following year and news director the next. Senior year, she became general manager.
During college, Kirby interned for “The Morning Blend” on TODAY’s TMJ4, was a research assistant to crime reporter Justin George through the O’Brien Fellowship in Public Service Journalism and created packages that aired on CBS 58.
She has received awards from both the Milwaukee Press Club and the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association.
Kirby may be 120 miles away from her alma mater, but she continues to strive to live by its motto, “Be the difference.”
“Whether I’m sharing news that will have a significant impact, writing a feature that teaches someone something they didn’t know before or creating a video that makes someone crack a smile, I want to make a difference in the community I’m serving,” Kirby said.
Kirby may be new to living in the area, but she isn’t new to the Dells. “I’ve always loved visiting the Wisconsin Dells with my family, whether it was a weekend at a water park or driving up from Racine for fireworks on the Fourth of July,” she said.
When she’s not reporting, Kirby enjoys spending time with her loved ones, making music, attending concerts and cheering on the Brewers.