Carole Meekins has been reporting and anchoring news for more than 3 decades. She's been at TODAY'S TMJ4 for 28 years. She is the co-anchor of Live at 5 at TODAY'S TMJ4. On February 16th, TODAY'S TMJ4 will debut the "Positively Milwaukee Show With Carole Meekins, a show devoted to uplifting and hopeful stories in the Milwaukee area.
Meekins began her television career as the co-host of "God's Musical World" on KTVI in St. Louis. It was a perfect entry into the television word since Meekins is a former music teacher. Carole's first television news job was at KPLR-TV in St. Louis . She also worked at WAKA-TV (CBS) in Montgomery, Alabama, WRIC-TV(NBC) in Richmond, Virginia, and WEWS-TV(ABC) in Cleveland, Ohio.
Carole believes in lifting others. 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. We an elevate our world elevating those who serve others.
Meekins founded and funds the "Carole Meekins Scholarship Fund" for aspiring TV or print journalists. Each year a deserving student receives $2,500.00 toward college tuition costs. The scholarship is given through the Wisconsin Black Media Association.
Meekins shares, "All adults should make it a mission to help lift young people and discover untapped potential. It's our duty and obligation for the next generation."
Meekins was inducted into the Silver Circle by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. She's also a member of the Milwaukee Press Club Hall of Fame. The Positively Milwaukee Award show has received a first place ward from the Wisconsin Broadcast Association and a Bronze Award from the Milwaukee Press Club.
Meekins received an Award of Excellence from the Wisconsin Black Media Association, the local chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists. She's co-anchored Emmy-Award winning newscasts and co-anchored a newscast that earned an Edward R. Murrow Award for breaking news.
Meekins has conducted a number of memorable interviews. They include President George W. Bush, President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and Oprah Winfrey.
Community Awards Include:
Sister of Mercy spirit award, St. Catherine Residence Center
Living Legend Award by the founders of the Milwaukee Black Inventors Gallery.
A--Lego Leaderhip Award (African American Ladies Empowering Others)
Induction into the Mascoutah High School Hall of Fame
Black Excellence Award, Milwaukee Community Journal
"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.
Salute to 100 Black Women, Holy Redeemer Church
Leadership Award, Delta Kappa Gamma
Media Award American Cancer Society
Meekins was touched to be 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, and has helped raise money to fight childhood cancer for the MACC Fund, Midwest Athletes against Childhood Cancer. Carole also served as keynote speaker for graduation ceremonies at Alverno College.
When not at work Carole enjoys music, reading, and working out. 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.