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Meet the Milwaukee Magazine Team

Carole Nicksin
Publisher & Editor-in-Chief

Hometown: South Bend, Indiana

Favorite thing about Milwaukee: My favorite thing is that I have so many favorite things about Milwaukee to choose from! I love the lake, the architecture (new and old), the restaurants, the people… For me, Milwaukee is a shoe that fits — a unique, interesting, aesthetically-pleasing yet comfortable shoe that I never tire of.

Most surprising thing about Milwaukee: There is so much going on here, and people are very engaged in making the city an even better place to live.

MilMag feature everyone must read: “Eat Like a Wisconsinite,” March 2018

Chris Drosner
Executive Editor

Hometown: Green Bay, Wisconsin

One thing you would “edit” about the city: Level the playing field

#1 reason you love MKE: Beer

MilMag feature everyone must read: “From Darkness, Light,” March 2018

 

Tom Tolan
Managing Editor

Hometown: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

One thing you would “edit” about the city: Chasm between black and white, rich and poor. Why? It ain’t right.

#1 reason you love MKE: It’s a humble town.

MilMag feature everyone must read: “53206,” February 2015

Ann Christenson
Dining Critic

Hometown: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Favorite Milwaukee Restaurant: Sanford

Favorite thing about the MKE food scene: Its variety, respect for traditions and reluctance to jump on any and every trend.

MilMag feature everyone must read: “From Darkness, Light,” March 2018

Lindsey Anderson
Culture Editor

Hometown: Granville, Ohio

Favorite Milwaukee museum: The MAM – art on the water

Piece of Milwaukee culture that speaks to you most: There are more festivals here than weeks in a year

MilMag feature everyone must read: “16 Things Every Wisconsinite Needs to Know,” November 201

Matt Hrodey
Senior Editor

Hometown: Freedom, Wisconsin

Favorite infamous Milwaukee crime and why: “The Great Sub Flub of 1940”; Two words: homemade submarine.

Favorite piece of “insider” Milwaukee knowledge: There’s a little-known Indian burial mound next to a walking trail in a Wauwatosa park. Thousands of people have passed by without realizing it was there.

MilMag feature everyone must read: “Justice Denied,” March 2001

Karisa Langlo
Digital Editor

Hometown: Palatine, Illinois

Favorite thing about Milwaukee: The Milwaukee Film Festival

Best way to virtually experience the city: I like to check the Snapchat map feature to see what people are up to by neighborhood. It’s a good way to scope out which street fests are happening where, since there are so many!

MilMag feature everyone must read: “Hidden Milwaukee” May 2017

Katie Williams
Circulation Manager

Hometown: Burlington, Wisconsin

Favorite thing about Milwaukee: The lakefront

Best part about working for MilMag: Making connections and building relationships with people, places and organizations around town…oh and the staff. The very, very talented staff.

MilMag feature everyone must read: “The Long Walk Home,” January 2015

Paul John Higgins
Art Director

Hometown: Omaha, Nebraska

Best building in MKE: The Calatrava ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Sorry, it really is a work of art.

#1 reason you love MKE: Culturally, it punches above its weight.

MilMag feature everyone must read: “No Picnic,” July 2017

Rachel Stinebring
Senior Designer

Hometown: Prospect Heights, Illinois

Local business with the best branding: Stone Creek Coffee — clean and cohesive

#1 reason you love MKE: The lake

MilMag feature everyone must read: “In a Flash,” April 2015

Brock Kaplan
Graphic Designer

Hometown: Elkhorn, Wisconsin
Most beautiful view in the city and why: The awe-inspiring visuals when one stands in the alleyway next to This is It, facing south, as Trixie Mattel performs, with the angelic hum of the Real Chili sign as the backdrop.
#1 reason you love MKE: This city has a vibrant culture all its own. Combine that with the humble pride the people who call this place home have and it makes for an uniquely amazing place to live. Oh, and the distance between The Nomad World Pub and Dogg Haus.
MilMag feature everyone must read: “Eat like a Wisconsinite,” March 2018 and “I’ll Drink to That,” December 2017

Kelly Rippl
Senior Graphic Designer/Production Coordinator

Hometown: Mequon, Wisconsin
Favorite thing about Milwaukee: The distance between the Nomad World Pub and the Dogg Haus. Also, everything that happens in Milwaukee during the 5.43 weeks of beautiful Wisconsin summer.
Best part about working for MilMag: Eating at just about every place imaginable. The Best Burgers issue came with some health concerns (27 burgers in 30 days), but I’d definitely do it again if the magazine covered a gym membership.
MilMag feature everyone must read: “Murder of a Tyrant,” May 2015

 

Natalie Blais
Sales Manager

Hometown: Closter, New Jersey

Favorite thing about Milwaukee: You won’t find another city that knows how to pair a healthy lifestyle with having a life. Beer stops on a 5k charity run are totally normal here. We like to have fun here, but we like to earn it, too!

Best part about working for MilMag: Working with a staff who is obsessed with making sure this magazine is the best possible representative of the city and the people of Milwaukee.

MilMag feature everyone must read: “Everybody’s Talkin’,” January 2017

Ed Brzozowski
Sales Representative

Jane Stein
Sales Representative

Hometown: Muskego, Wisconsin

Favorite thing about Milwaukee: The people! Every time I get an opportunity to show off our city to out-of-towners, they always share the same sentiment: “Everyone is SO NICE here!!!”

Best part about working for MilMag: Helping small businesses come up with a marketing plan to help them grow. I come from the small business side and used to purchase the marketing for a local restaurant group. I love being able to use my experience as a former advertiser with the magazine to help other businesses put together their marketing plan.

MilMag feature everyone must read: “Mind Matters,” February 2016

Shannon Dailey
Sales Representative

Hometown: Green Bay, Wisconsin

Favorite thing about Milwaukee: The people. Milwaukee has such a huge attraction due to a great vibe on festivals, dining and arts & entertainment.

Best part about working for MilMag: The pride I have for our city publication. I work with a highly talented staff to publish a noteworthy publication with a proud magazine renewal percentage of 70 percent.

MilMag feature everyone must read: “Saving Grace,” January 2008