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Donald Forti

Donald "Donnie" Forti joined KTTC in July 2012 as Content Manager. In February 2014, he transitioned to Internet Director. Donnie came to KTTC from WKOW-TV in Madison where he spent two years as a producer. Donnie also worked as a producer for two and a half years at WAOW-TV in Wausau.
 
Donnie broke into broadcast journalism as a teenager growing up in the Milwaukee area, when he began interning with Wisconsin Public Radio at WHAD-FM. His experience there during the summers from 2001-2005 involved on-air producing, pre-interviewing guests and writing news stories for the Ideas Network. 
 
In June 2006, Donnie emerged from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, with a bachelor's degree in political science and anthropology/sociology, graduating Cum Laude with honors. While at Knox College, Donnie served as webmaster for the Association for Black Culture Centers, a role he has kept ever since.
 
Donnie achieved a master's degree in journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in December 2007. While Donnie was a graduate assistant at the University of Illinois' Department of Journalism, he researched and wrote articles on techniques for investigative reporters. That experience led to his selection as a Carnegie fellow with the Brian Ross Investigative Unit of ABC News in New York, and he helped contribute to the reporting on 20/20 during the summer of 2007.
 
Donnie is also an avid runner. He has completed the Chicago Marathon and seven half-marathons. Back at Knox College, he ran track/cross country and served as co-captain of the indoor/outdoor track & field team for the 2006 season.
 
Donnie and his wife, Megan, live in Rochester and enjoy hiking and camping.
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