Some Milwaukee anchors become Milwaukeeans. But some of them are born there.
If viewers consider the latter a gauge of local credibility, they should meet Jessica Tighe.
The Milwaukee Journal says that the new thirtysomething co-anchor of the WDJT-TV morning news has extensive local bona fides. She was born in Milwaukee, grew up in Elm Grove and has family in the area. Tighe attended Brookfield East - she called it "B'east" - High School and remembers "putting color on the front page" of the school paper, the Spartan Banner, when she was editor-in-chief.
"That was a huge transition at the time," she said.
She also remembers being "a little nervous" making school public address announcements.
But such early activities proved formative.
"These are the little things that get you started," she said.
As a TV news viewer growing up, she "flipped around a lot" to different channels and recalled watching Mike Strehlow, a former WTMJ-TV (Channel 4) reporter now at WDJT, and Kathy Mykleby then, and now, at WISN-TV (Channel 12). Tighe would go to Summerfest to watch the live newscasts from the festival grounds, and she worked as an intern at WISN-TV.