Longtime Milwaukee news anchor Carole Meekins has announced her plans to retire from TMJ4 News after 32 years at the station and more than 40 years in television. Meekins is an award-winning journalist and the most veteran anchor in the Milwaukee market. Her last day will be Nov. 30.
“It’s time to focus on more than work. I want to spend more time with my family,” Meekins said in WTMJ’s announcement story. “I look forward to still contributing to the Milwaukee area – but I will focus on other passions including music, teaching and writing.”
Meekins received an Emmy at the Chicago/Midwest Emmy ceremonies in 2020 and her Positively Milwaukee specials have won three first-place awards from the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association as well as recognition from the Milwaukee Press Club, according to TMJ4. Meekins was inducted into the Wisconsin Silver Circle by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 2014, is a member of the Milwaukee Press Club Hall of Fame and received an Award of Excellence from the Wisconsin Black Media Association. She was also inducted into the Mascoutah High School Hall of Fame, the Illinois school where she graduated.
“The Milwaukee area is better and richer for Carole’s years of dedication, loyalty and hard work to uplift others,” said TMJ4 news director Tim Vetscher. “We will miss her presence and her contribution in the newsroom. We wish Carole all the best on her next chapter and thank her for all she has done for TMJ4 and for our community.”