Meet the News Team

Shannon Hoyt

Shannon Hoyt started out as an intern in August 2017, moving to part-time and is now a full-time Multi-Media Journalist and weekend anchor here at News 18.

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Mary Pautsch

Mary came to News 18 in July 2019 from Sioux City, Iowa where she graduated from Morningside College with a BA in Spanish after attending Iowa State University for 3 years.

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Geoff Daley

He joined News 18 as a part-time sports videographer in October of 2018 and was promoted to full-time news/sports in April 2019.

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Chris Hoyt

Chris Hoyt joined Eau Claire’s Own News 18 as a production assistant back in July of 2014. In 2017, he was promoted as a full-time videographer.

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Clint Berge

Clint Berge is the Social Media & Digital Content Manager for News 18. He is in charge of our website and social media platforms.

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Meet the Weather Team

Nick Grunseth

He was promoted to chief meteorologist in August 2013, but still wakes up early to give the Chippewa Valley its forecast.

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Justin Esterly

Justin Esterly is our weekend meteorologist and weekday night-side multi-media journalist. Justin joined WQOW News 18 in May 2018.

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Meet the Sports Team

Collin Talbert

Collin Talbert is the sports director at WQOW News 18. He joined News 18 in June 2018 as our weekend sports anchor as was promoted to sports director in November 2018.

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STORMTRACKER 18 WEATHER

Eau Claire
67°
Menomonie
63°
Chetek
66°
Durand
Ladysmith
Neillsville
61°
Rice Lake
New Richmond
61°
Black River Falls
55°
Medford
62°
River Falls
Duluth
68°
Green Bay
66°
La Crosse
68°
Madison
66°
Milwaukee
69°
Twin Cities
70°
Four tornadoes confirmed in Western Wisconsin Friday night

Four tornadoes confirmed in Western Wisconsin Friday night

This brings Wisconsin's count to 14 in just two days! That's in addition to widespread straight line wind damage.

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