Veteran Milwaukee ABC Anchor Joyce Garbaciak Exits 10 PM to Focus on 6 PM News

By Kevin Eck 

WISN anchor Joyce Garbaciak will stop anchoring at 10 p.m. and exclusively co-anchor the ABC affiliate’s 6 p.m. newscast to allow more time for her family starting today.

“This is a best-of-both-worlds scenario for me. I can continue to be part of Milwaukee’s top news team – producing stories and bringing Milwaukee viewers the news of the day,” said Garbaciak. “And there are many exciting changes happening on the family front – and this schedule will allow me to have a bigger presence there.” She adds, “I’m grateful for the station’s willingness to make this happen and I’m so excited for what’s next.”

“Joyce brings tremendous leadership and expertise to our newsroom every day,” says Jan Wade, president and general manager of WISN 12. “She is the epitome of professionalism and class, and also just a really nice person. We are truly fortunate that Joyce wants to continue serving our community and our viewers on ‘12 News at 6,’ and we also know how excited she is to devote more time to her family. It is truly a win-win.”


The station said the 6 p.m. newscast will continue to feature Garbaciak alongside co-anchor Patrick Paolantonio, Milwaukee’s chief meteorologist Mark Baden, and sports director Dario Melendez. Paolantonio will cover all anchor duties on WISN 12 News at 10 p.m. until the station identifies a new co-anchor.

Garbaciak has been a Milwaukee mainstay for more than 30 years. She first joined WISN 12 in 2006 as a contributing correspondent and was named anchor in 2014.