Carole Meekins is the longest tenured 10:00pm anchor in the Milwaukee market. November of 2017 will be her 26th year at TODAY'S TMJ4 since November of 1991. She co-anchors "Live at 5:00" 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-Champaign, 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."
Throughout her career, Meekins has conducted a number of memorable interviews. They include President George W. Bush, President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and Oprah Winfrey. 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 inducted into the Silver Circle by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The Silver Circle honors outstanding individuals who have devoted 25 years or who have either made significant contributions to Milwaukee broadcasting.
Meekins is a member of the Wisconsin Black Media Association, and received an Award of Excellence at the Honoring our Own Dinner of the National Association of Black Journalists. In winter of 2017 she was honored with a Living Legend Award by the founders of the Milwaukee Black Inventors Gallery. She is also on the advisory committee for the PianoArts which hosts the 2016 North American Piano Competition.
Carole has also received numerous awards for her Positively Milwaukee reports. She's been honored by the Wisconsin Broadcasting Association, Milwaukee Press Club, and has anchored several Emmy winning newscasts, as well as earned several Emmy nominations. 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. Meekins was selected to carry the Olympic Torch in conjunction with NBC's coverage of the 2000 Olympics during her tenure at TODAY'S TMJ4. She has also 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, and working art. 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 of Wisconsin.