Justin Ross was a local high school student, a son, and a brother who joined the Army Reserves in 2006, before he even graduated from Bay Port High School. Corporal Ross died serving our country in in Afghanistan in 2011, a story covered extensively by Action 2 News in the days and months that followed.In this Get 2 the Point episode, we talked with Justin’s parents, Ron and Debbie Ross. The Rosses tell us how Justin always loved ... Read more
Students are getting ready to head back to school—from kindergarten to college. University of Wisconsin Green Bay students start classes on September 4-th. Later this fall, a new influx of students will arrive at UWGB--for the day---courtesy of the Phuture Phoenix program. It's a program with humble beginnings in 2002, and now includes hundreds of students touring campus, dreaming of a brighter future. We talk with program dire... Read more
It is a perfect time to talk tourism in Green Bay! The Packers preseason is underway, and it's been a busy couple of weeks at training camp. The crowds of people at practice to watch the team are a good example of just some of the folks who are coming here to spend their dollars on hotels, activities and shopping. We went to the top of the Resch Center for a birds-eye view of the new Expo Center that's under construction, and to... Read more
Take 200 musical artists, 60+ venues, and 900 shows, and what do you get? Mile 7 of the Mile of Music in downtown Appleton. It’s happening this weekend, and we wanted to know more about how this community festival came to be. In this week’s Get 2 the Point podcast, we talk with Cory Chisel, a singer/songwriter with strong Appleton roots, but who’s also traveled the world as an artist.
It’s been 2 years since George Graphos retired as Chief Meteorologist at WBAY-TV. After 32, years George stepped down from his full-time gig here, but he’s hardly slowed down. Here’s the evidence: George Graphos held his “artist opening” this week. That’s right, George is showing off his photographs, paintings, and digital skills through art. In this episode: find out what George is up to now, and hear some of his funny, behind... Read more
The Fox Cities might not be the first area that comes to mind when you think of Wisconsin tourism. But the area amassed $493 million in tourism dollars in 2018, and may meet that half-billion dollar mark soon. In this week's episode we talk with Pam Seidl of the Fox Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau about the exciting projects are providing a major boost.
Right in the thick of tourist season, Door County leaders are looking at what is working and what still needs work, when it comes to boosting the economy. In this episode, we talk with Jim Schuessler. He's the executive director of the Door County Economic Development Corporation. Schuessler says while tourism is a major part of the county's identity, manufacturing and agriculture have even more important roles in its overall vi... Read more
Northeast Wisconsin is a growing a hub for the arts community. If you are active in that community, or just enjoy the productions, chances are you’ve crossed paths with Kent and Emily Paulsen.
This spring, we shared the story of our Action 2 News This Morning reporter Kristyn Allen. She and her husband Greg welcomed twins last December, joining big sister Bailey. About six weeks later, Braelyn and Brielle got sick, and they ended up at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. Braelyn needed intensive treatment for several weeks. Happily, the entire family is now back at home. Cami Rapson talks with Kristyn and Greg about ad... Read more
Green Bay is a two newspaper town again. Patrick Wood -- son of News-Chronicle publisher Frank Wood -- and general manager Mike Hollihan focus on what they call “hyper-local” news. Re-named The Press Times, the weekly newspaper covers Ashwaubenon, Hobart, Howard, Suamico, De Pere and now Green Bay.
It’s a start-up for start-ups. Hear about the plans for Titletown Tech to impact the community, and where the idea came from, in our Get 2 the Point Podcast with managing director Craig Dickman.
Longtime reporter Jerry Burke is being honored this month by the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association as a local broadcast legend. Jerry spent more than three decades at WBAY working on stories for the Fox Valley before retiring in 2007. We speak with Jerry about the stories that still affect him to this day, as well as his lifelong love of aviation.
You might not know his name, but you know the legacy of Frank Shankwitz, He is one of the creators of the Make-A-Wish, the non-profit that has granted a half million wishes for children all over the world.Shankwitz says his nomadic life taught him to give back. His book Wish Man also inspired a major motion picture and is being released this June. Find out how a simple phone call to help one boy, launched a movement that changes ... Read more
Reporter/Anchor Jeff Alexander and Photojournalist Bill Kumbalek traveled with 52 Vietnam veterans on an Old Glory Honor Flight back to Vietnam. They saw the veterans become brothers as the men exchanged stories. As they re-visited many of the places that impacted the veterans’ lives for the last 50 years, the men experienced a life-changing event. Jeff and Bill share those stories, plus some of the behind-the-scenes experienc... Read more
Jim Schmitt recently left office after serving four terms as Green Bay mayor. Schmitt talks about his time in office, some of the projects he's most proud of, and what one proposal he championed that never got off the ground. Schmitt also takes about political adversaries, his issues with campaign finance laws and what advice he has for Green Bay's future. Recorded on location at the Hotel Northland in downtown Green Bay.
The Cellcom Green Bay Marathon is May 18-19, 2019, and it's celebrating 20 years! We Get 2 the Point with race director Toni Jaeckels about bringing the race back to its roots downtown. Plus, Toni shares some of the wacky requests she’s received for the race and her advice for marathon weekend.
Welcome to our first Get 2 the Point podcast. This is a new venture for Action 2 News as we expand into the growing podcast market. Look for interviews with newsmakers, community leaders and Action 2 News journalists.We start off our series with Bill Jartz, longtime anchor at WBAY-TV2 and Lambeau Field stadium announcer on Green Bay Packers game days. Bill talks about growing up in Clintonville, playing college football at Northwes... Read more