WISN Anchor Joyce Garbaciak to Leave Anchor Desk

By Kevin Eck 

Joyce Garbaciak is leaving the WISN anchor desk after 18 years at the Milwaukee ABC affiliate.

The news comes seven months after Garbaciak stopped anchoring the 10 p.m. newscast to focus on the 6 p.m. According to the station, her final 6 p.m. anchor shift will be May 31.

Garbaciak joined WISN in 2006 as a contributing correspondent and became a news anchor in 2014. Before that, she was a reporter and anchor at Milwaukee’s WITI from 1988 to 2005. She also worked at at WSAW in Wausau and WTVF in Nashville, Tennessee.


The station said she will stay on as a special projects contributing correspondent and will continue to report in a limited capacity.

“Joyce has had an immeasurable impact on our local community for many, many years,” says Jan Wade, president and general manager of WISN. “While we are tremendously grateful to Joyce for her many journalistic contributions over the years, we are very happy to have her staying connected to her WISN 12 Family through her ‘special projects’ role.”

“As I look forward to spending more time with my own family, I reflect on the fact that so many families across Wisconsin welcomed me into their homes each and every day,” said Garbaciak. “That mutual respect and resulting trust doesn’t get lost on me. It has been an absolute privilege to serve as a journalist in Southeastern Wisconsin.”

WISN said it will announce her replacement “shortly.”