Leigh Mills

4pm and 6pm News Anchor

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4pm and 6pm

lmills@nbc15.com


Hometown
Cortland, Ohio… although I now consider southern Wisconsin my home.

Years at station
15 years! I started on Sept. 17, 2003.

Other professional experience
I spent 11 years as the 5, 6 and 10pm news anchor here at NBC15, before adjusting my schedule in 2017 to have more time at home with my two boys. Prior to that, I was the 5pm anchor and 10pm reporter in 2005, the weekend anchor in 2004 and a general assignment reporter in 2003. I moved to Madison from Ohio, where I spent four years as a reporter, anchor, producer and sometimes photographer and editor at WOUB-TV in Athens, OH. I also worked at The Government Channel in Athens, where I hosted election shows and covered city government news. And I spent a summer interning and working in Charleston, West Virginia at WCHS-TV.

Awards/Recognitions you have received
2017--Wisconsin Broadcasters Association 1st place award for Best Editorial/Commentary for “Unspun” – a bi-weekly live interview on NBC 15 News at 5 with two political analysts

2015 -- Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Award in Series/Documentary for "Welcoming Baby" - a 7-part series during my own pregnancy for expectant families on everything from 4-D ultrasounds and buying for baby to the rising cost of daycare

2015 -- Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Award for Election Night Coverage

2015 -- Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Award for Significant Community Impact for "Crystal Apple Awards" - an annual effort to honor five local teachers, who are nominated by the community, for their impact on area students

2014 -- Midwest Emmy Nomination in Serious News (Hard) Single Feature for "Police Shootings: The Untold Story" - an exclusive interview with a former Madison police officer, who pulled the trigger in two officer involved shootings. His emotional distress, the downward spiral that left his career in ruins, and what he's now doing to try to change the culture in law enforcement

2014 -- "Best of Madison" Evening News Team, gold

2013 -- "Best of Madison" Evening News Team, gold

2013 -- Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Award for live reporting

2012 -- "Best of Madison" TV Personality, silver

2012 -- Associated Press Award for Enterprise Reporting for "DA Shortage" - an in-depth look at the shortage in the Dane County District Attorney's Office and how it impacts domestic violence victims and cases

2012 -- Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Award for Hard News/Investigative for "DA Shortage"

2012 -- Media Award for Excellence, presented by NAMI Dane County

2011 -- Midwest Emmy Nomination in Health Reporting for "Teen Anorexia" - a story on two parents' struggle to save their young daughter after an eating disorder almost killed her.

2011 -- Midwest Emmy Nomination in Serious Feature/Hard News for "Quadruple Homicide: One Year Later" - a story about the pain and recovery for 3 different families affected by a quadruple homicide - the worst crime of domestic violence Dane County has ever seen.

2011 -- Associated Press Award for Best Hard News for "Quadruple Violence: One Year Later"

2011 -- Wisconsin Broadcasters Association 3rd place in Hard News/Investigative for "Quadruple Homicide: One Year Later"

2010 -- RTDNA National Edward R. Murrow Award for Best Feature: "Power to Forgive" - a story about a woman's ability to forgive and even love the two men who shot her in the head and left her to die.

2010 -- Excellence in Media Award, presented by Domestic Abuse Intervention Services, for "The Silent Crime" - a story about the lasting impact on a family after a domestic violence homicide.

2010 -- RTDNA Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for "Power to Forgive"

2010 -- Associated Press Feature Award for "Power to Forgive"

2010 -- Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Feature Award for "Power to Forgive"

2009 -- Midwest Emmy Winner for "Power to Forgive"

2009 -- Midwest Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Achievement for On-Camera Talent: News Anchor

2009 -- Midwest Emmy Nomination for "A Mother's Mission" - a story about a little girl who receives hyperbaric oxygen therapy to treat a genetic disorder that causes developmental delays.

2008 -- Madison's Best Local Television Broadcaster from the Madison.com Readers' Choice Awards

2008 -- Best Live On-Scene Reporting from the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association for "Lake Delton Aftermath"

2008 -- Midwest Emmy Nomination for “Miracle of Medicine” - a story about one man’s battle to save his own life and the unlikely difference maker: the blood of a baby girl.

2007 -- Associated Press Award for Best Hard News: Non-Spot for "Miracle of Medicine"

2007 -- Outstanding Media Partner from the National MS Society Wisconsin Chapter

2006 – Midwest Emmy Nomination for “More Than Meets the Eye” - a two-part series on two men leading seemingly normal lives with extraordinary abilities to help/influence others.

2005 – Associated Press Award for “Inside Firehouse One” - an hour long documentary capturing a day in the life of a Madison firefighter working at station #1.

2005 – Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Merit Award for “Inside Firehouse One”

2005 – Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Best Hard News Story of 2005 for “Camp Shelby,” a story on the sendoff of nearly 700 Wisconsin Army National Guard members, who made up the first combat deployment of Wisconsin Army Guard forces since World War II. We traveled to Mississippi for the sendoff.

As a senior in college, I won the highest Scripps School of Journalism award and scholarship for excellence in journalism.

Education
I graduated from the Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University with a major in Broadcast-Journalism and a minor in French. I also spent 3 months studying in Tours, France at the Institut de Touraine. I started studying journalism at Northwestern University through its Radio, TV and Film program as a high school senior.

Hobbies and/or interests
I am married to my best friend, and we have two sons, who were born in August of 2014 and November of 2016. I also have two stepchildren and a dog named Bella. Needless to say, much of my spare time is spent with my family! I also enjoy outdoor activities, including running, biking and riding horses. In 2011 I competed in an "A show" for horse jumping! I also enjoy downhill skiing and am trying to get better at skate skiing on some of the cross country trails. In my free time I enjoy reading, playing the piano and watching movies. And even in Packers country, I’m not afraid to admit that I am still a Cleveland Browns fan!

Community Involvement
I am on the DAIS (Domestic Abuse Intervention Services) Trustee Council, and I emcee the DAIS Luncheon, DAIS Fashion Show and other DAIS events. I am a member of the Tellurian golf committee, which puts on the annual Tellurian Celebrity Golf Tournament. And I am a former member of the Madison Ballet Board of Directors. I'm an active volunteer with the Wisconsin Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. I emcee the MS Walk and ride in Bike MS, a two day 150 mile bike ride from Waukesha to Whitewater to Madison. I also volunteer for NAMI Dane County, the Clean Lakes Alliance and UCP. And I'm fortunate to be asked to emcee many events throughout the year, including the ATHENA Awards, NAMIWalk, Lift the Mask for the Canopy Center, the Madison Mini Marathon kids run and MMoCA's Hair Affair.

What are your favorite books?
My new favorite is Game of Thrones (I love the show, too). I also love Harry Potter and have been reading a lot of baby books about growth and development. The Secret Garden is probably my favorite from my childhood.

What is your favorite movie?
My all-time favorite is Shakespeare in Love (1999 Best Picture). I love so many movies. My favorite genres are period pieces, drama, thriller, action/adventure and romance. I also enjoy revisiting older animated movies and musicals. If I had to name a few favs, my list would be: Moulin Rouge, Slumdog Millionaire, The Reader, The Notebook, The Sound of Music, The Little Mermaid, The Cutting Edge, Pulp Fiction and The Departed.

Describe your most interesting assignment?
I find enjoyment in many stories I work on, but there are a few in particular that stick out in my mind. My two favorite annual assignments are surprising area teachers with the Crystal Apple Award every May and covering the latest news related to Multiple Sclerosis and the impact the disease has on area families every July.

One of my most interesting/memorable stories focused on forgiveness. I interviewed Jackie Millar, who was shot in the back of the head by two teenagers and left to die. Now 13 years later, she visits both men in prison, hugs them and even tells them that she loves them. She is an inspiring story of choices, forgiveness and love.

Another story that really sticks out in my mind focused on a lodge in the Northwoods that caters to families with terminally sick children or those that have recently lost a child. It is a place for families to grieve and also a place for them to make new memories. I interviewed a Wisconsin family that so bravely told the story of their second son, who was a stillbirth. Their story impacted so many area families. I was proud to have played a small role in making that happen.


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