Elise Menaker is currently a Sideline Reporter for the Big Ten Network. Previously she was a Sports Anchor/Reporter at WTMJ-TV (NBC) in Milwaukee. While there, she reported on all levels including enterprising local sports stories for a weekly segment. As the “official Packers station,” she did in-depth coverage of the Packers that included traveling to Atlanta for the NFC Championship game and to Indianapolis for the NFL Combine. She also reported on the NCAA tournament for BTN covering the Minnesota game in Milwaukee.
Prior to starting at Today’s TMJ4, Elise was the Morning News Anchor at WAND-TV in Central Illinois. In addition to anchoring, she also produced her own sports segment called: Central Illinois Sports Report with Elise Menaker. Elise shot, wrote and edited her work. She also filled in as Sports Anchor/Producer. Elise won a first place AP Award for Best Hard News Feature for her follow-up coverage of the devastating EF4 tornado that hit Washington, Illinois in 2013.
In addition to her anchor work at WAND-TV, Elise was the color analyst for the 2015 Big Ten women’s tennis championship coverage that aired on BTN. She also helped the Illinois High School Association cover the 2015 girls basketball class 3A and 4A state finals. She did sideline/host work for the games that aired on Comcast SportsNet.
Elise bleeds Big Red as a graduate from Cornell University. While at Cornell, she co-captained the softball team and won back-to-back Ivy League championships. After graduation, she played professional softball overseas in Sweden for the Skövde Saints, where the team captured its fifth straight national championship. She also competed in the European Cup in Amsterdam.
Before making the move to Central Illinois, Elise was a general assignment reporter at KMIZ-TV in Columbia, Missouri. While there, she covered a historic blizzard, heat wave and a deadly EF5 tornado that struck Joplin in 2011.
Elise received her master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism where she was named a Bloomberg Scholar and graduated top 10 percent in her class. She also was named a Board of Governors’ Scholar from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Midwest chapter.
Elise knew she wanted to be a reporter while interning in the Sports Department at WLS-TV (ABC) in Chicago. She had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of covering former White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle’s perfect game.