Tyler Job is eager to bring his award-winning skills to the WKBT News 8 team. He is a Milwaukee native but is excited to see what adventures La Crosse will bring him. He graduated from UW-Whitewater in May 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in broadcast/print/web journalism with a minor in communications. He also graduated with Magna Cum Laude honors.
Tyler took his passion to UW-Whitewater and immediately declared to be a BPW major. He became a sports writer for the Royal Purple newspaper at the start of his sophomore year. He spent three years writing for the Royal Purple writing numerous game stories and features, including a campus award-winning piece titled “A Meinert setback for a major comeback.” (https://royalpurplenews.com/22560/sports/meinert-story-rk/). He eventually worked his way up to becoming Sports Editor his senior year and had one of the best years reporting he could ever remember. As Sports Editor, Tyler covered all of the Warhawks football games and watched them beat opponent after opponent all the way to winning their unprecedented 36th conference championship. Tyler also talked to Packers wide receiver Jake Kumerow, a former UW-W star, about his journey from playing in Division III to contributing on an NFL 53-man roster.
Tyler wasn’t just all about the newspaper aspect, though. He started broadcasting for UW-Whitewater’s campus TV station, UWW-TV, during his junior year. He called several football and men’s and women’s basketball games, including a women’s NCAA tournament game and football playoff games all the way to the day he graduated. He, along with the rest of the football broadcast team, won a “Best of the Midwest” broadcast award for Whitewater’s 2018 second round playoff matchup against St. Norbert at the Wisconsin Community Media conference this past May.
Before joining WKBT News 8, Tyler interned at Milwaukee’s WISN-12 station in the sports department in fall 2018. During his internship, he covered several Operation Football high school games of the week in the Milwaukee area. He covered four Milwaukee Bucks games and interviewed NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, all-star Khris Middleton, veteran guard Eric Bledsoe, and head coach Mike Budenholzer several times. He also anchored a couple mock sportscasts before the internship ended in December.
After gaining all of these experiences, Tyler is ready to keep his journey going at News 8!
Favorite song? “Happier” by Marshmello ft. Bastille. Literally any Marshmello song is fantastic.
Favorite movie? Put on any Star Wars movie and you won’t see me leave the couch until it’s finished.
Favorite way to spend a day off? I’m a roller coaster fanatic. If there was a Six Flags near La Crosse, I’d make sure to go there often. I’ve been to Six Flags Great America near Chicago over 20 times.
What sports team are you a big fan of? Basketball is my favorite sport, so I’d say the Bucks. But I also am a huge Packers fan. I’m everything Wisconsin sports. Bucks, Packers, Brewers, Badgers, and even the Blackhawks (Wisconsin doesn’t have an NHL team!) As a proud Whitewater alum, I have to put the Warhawks on that list too.
What are you bad at and wish you could do better? I love watching sports, but I’m awful at playing them. I was never interested in playing sports during grade school, ironically.
Do you have a hobby or collect anything special to you? I’m a very passionate, non-competitive Fortnite player. I’ve been playing for more than a year and a half straight and still not very good. But I have over 400 wins! I’m also a pro wrestling fan.
Favorite food? Spaghetti.
Family (share info about married/single/dating & kids). I’m a single fella taking each day at a time. My parents and my older brother live in the Milwaukee area.