Just Keep Smiling
Say hello to Milwaukee's longest 10 p.m. tenure anchor Carole Meekins. Carole is a, more like THE, news reporter at TMJ4. She never planned on being a news reporter, but after getting laid off from her teaching job, Carole decided to try something different.
Carole took the LSAT—an important part of the law school admission process, and was then accepted into Law school. She stopped working towards that dream when she realized she was just in for the money.
She went back to drawing board.
She began to set goals for herself which meant going back to school for her master's in Mass Communication. She took one class that dealt with television and her professor made being a news reporter seem so accessible, she said, so that’s what she went for.
When Carole first started, she had no connections and that worried her, but with her hard work, she’s been in the game longer than anyone in Milwaukee.
"I put work before pleasure always,” she said. “Sometimes to the extreme."
Carole is a classical pianist and she had dreams off making it into a profession, but she knew her abilities weren't the best. Carole would practice on the piano for four to five hours some days, and this taught her patience and perseverance. She started learning at the age of ten, which is old in the musical world, according to Carole. But, she knew what she wanted. At times, her mom would tell her to go out and play with the other children because she would practice so much.
Carole grew up a shy child and that didn't change until her early 20's when she decided "you're going to change everything about yourself."
"I would look from everybody and learn."
Carole didn't receive "good" love from her parents, which is why she believes "we have to learn how to treat our kids better." She never wants to see someone go through what she went through with her mother, but you would never know because she's always smiling.
She was angry all the time as a child, but Carole learned in her adulthood to never let her bad emotions show. An old teacher of hers, Dr. Bald, taught Carole ‘no matter how hard your life is you have to smile.’ Carole looked up to Dr. Bald because of the way she presented herself. She had a Cadillac, wore a mink, and was a pianist. Carole’s taken that advice and carries it with her everywhere she goes.
Her bad past has taught her to always see others as equals.
"We are equal," she said. "I can learn from anyone."
Carole is married with no kids, but she would have given it all up for them—Carole couldn't see herself being an absent mother.
Carole has a fulfilling life that took time to accomplish, she said.
"I'm fearless," Carole said. "I'm driven on anything I do."
She will forever be a dreamer. She may have accomplished a big goal, but she’s always thinking of what's next. Carole's definitely came a long way and she hopes to keep inspiring people for the rest of her life.
"I feel like I have an impact on people," she said. "Everybody has pain, it's how you deal with it."