Carole Meekins is the longest-tenured 10:00pm anchor in the Milwaukee market. November marks her 23rd year at TODAY'S TMJ4. She co-anchors "Live at 5:00," "Live at 6:00," "Wisconsin Tonight" 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, 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.
Carole believes in giving back, and her calendar is always full with speaking engagements and emcee events throughout the Greater Milwaukee Area. Her weekly "Positively Milwaukee" reports celebrate good news and inspirational stories of people, places, and events throughout southeast Wisconsin. She explains, "It is our obligation to remind people the world is filled with ordinary people doing extraordinary things. Most people are good."
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 honored to carry the Olympic Torch in conjunction with NBC's coverage of the 2000 Olympics. Carole has received numerous awards for her Positively Milwaukee reports, including salutes from the Wisconsin Broadcasting Association, Milwaukee Press Club, and an Emmy nomination.
She has also receive awards from the Virginia Associated Press, a 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.
Meekins was also honored by the Holy Redeemer Church in Milwaukee in its salute to 100 Black Women. She also received a leadership award from Delta Chapter, Delta Kappa Gamma. During her tenure at WTMJ, Meekins served as honorary chairwoman of the Aids Walk Wisconsin, and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Walk for a Cure.
When not at work, Carole enjoys music, reading, working out, and long walks. She also loves to cook, and and is always looking for healthy gluten free recipes. When she is not at work, Carole and her husband love to take long walks along Lake Michigan and quick weekend trips around the state to take in the scenic beauty that is Wisconsin.