Get to know Emily Matesic, Reporter, WBAY-TV

photo courtesy of Frievalt Photography, llc

I’ve been a performer my entire life and now I not only play a news reporter on TV, but I get to live out a fantasy and be a dancer!!!Born on New York’s Long Island I had dreams of performing on Broadway.  Those dreams quickly faded after I took my first ballet class and got yelled at ALL THE TIME for talking more than dancing.  Oh and I can’t sing either.So, after my failed attempt at NYC stardom (or my dad’s job transfer), my family moved to the suburbs of Pittsburgh, PA and that’s what I call home.  A regular tomboy, I grew up playing soccer and basketball and rooting for the Steelers, the Penguins, and the Pirates.  The Buccos are hard to root for today after 20+ losing seasons, but the Steelers and the Pens still have my heart.

I took my love of sports and turned it into a college scholarship playing soccer at Elon College (now Elon University) in North Carolina.  I double majored in Communications with a Broadcast emphasis and Journalism.  Following my four years at Elon, I hit the road once again for NYC, after I landed a job at MSNBC.  I worked behind the scenes for a year before getting my BIG BREAK!!  I was hired as a reporter for WENY (often referred to as weenie) in Elmira, NY.  After two and a half years in the Southern Tier I moved three hours south to Altoona, PA and worked for the CBS affiliate there before landing in Green Bay in 2005.

Since moving to Green Bay seven years ago, I’ve jumped out of a perfectly good airplane because someone asked me to be a “celebrity” skydiver.  I’ve also taken the Polar Bear Plunge into Lake Michigan in Jacksonport on January 1st for a story and I’ve fallen in love with a Yooper!

It’s been quite a ride here in Northeast Wisconsin and none of it would have been possible without the love and support of my family and friends.  I especially want to thank my parents for giving me my dance floor skills and my boyfriend Adam (Rock) Rockman for just being on my team.

HERE WE GO!!!

Check out Emily and her dance partner Jay doing an East Coast Swing:

Learn a bit more about Emily —–

Describe your first dancing recollection. About how old were you and what was the occasion?   I remember dancing in the kitchen as a kid at a very young age.  My parents grew up in the 50’s/60’s so Motown was often playing in our house.  My dad was always spinning my mom around the kitchen doing a Jitterbug or a Cha-Cha.  I loved when my dad would grab my hand for my turn to take a spin!  Thirty-five years later, my parents continue to dance and I still love dancing with my dad! 

Who is your dream dance partner? As a girl who grew up watching Dirty Dancing, I think the late Patrick Swayze would be my dream dance partner.   Nobody puts Baby/me in a corner!

But if I had to choose someone who was still living it would definitely be Maksim Chmerkovskiy.  I just love how he pushes his partners and the limits on DWTS!!  And let’s be honest, he’s just HOT!!!

Who is your favorite dancer of all time on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” and why?  You can take the girl out of Pittsburgh, but you can’t take Pittsburgh out of the girl which is why Hines Ward is definitely my favorite “celebrity” dancer of all time on DWTS.   I remember watching Hines hoist the Mirror Ball trophy while answering phones for the Red Cross Heartbreak to Hope telethon at WBAY-TV last year.

Why support the American Red Cross with your participation? As a news reporter I often see people at their worst, whether they’ve lost their home to a fire or a loved one to war.  These are always heartbreaking stories, but at times they’re also uplifting because I get to see firsthand what the American Red Cross does to help others. Everything from giving a child a blanket or a stuffed animal to help comfort them following a tragedy to feeding the first responders who arrive at a scene, the Red Cross really does help to change lives. Plus, this one time, a volunteer gave me and all the other reporters and photographers a really good breakfast sandwich while we were covering an event!

Hobbies or passions: In no particular order of importance…

- Steelers Football, don’t hate me, I’m not a Green Bay native

- Soccer, I played in college and I still play today

- Cooking, I love to try new recipes and would love to cook with any of the chefs on The Food Network

- My nephews, 4-year old twins Matty and Tommy and their baby brother who is expected to make his debut in January of 2013.

- “I LOVE to dance!”  — quoting Sarah Jessica Parker from my favorite 80’s movie “Girls Just Want to have Fun”

American Red Cross Announces Dancing with our Stars 2013 Participants

Top row l-r: Betina Driver, Mary Gronnert, Emily Matesic, Amy Sehring, Erica VanBoxel Bottom Row l-r: Rick Bondowski Todd Bierowski, Sean Sanders, Pat Warpinski

The newest group of “star dancers” for the American Red Cross Dancing with our Stars fundraiser was unveiled Thursday night at a kickoff party at the Lambeau Field Atrium. The nine community members competing to raise the most funds to support local Red Cross efforts are:

Todd Bierowski – President/Owner, Décor Lighting Sales, Asst. Football Coach, St. Norbert College

Rick Bondowski – Senior Vice President, Regional Retail Director, Associated Bank

Betina Driver – Co-host, “The Better Half”

Mary Gronnert – Foundation Coordinator, Schneider National Foundation, Inc.

Emily Matesic – Reporter, WBAY-TV 2

Sean Sanders – Grocery/Frozen/Dairy Director, Festival Foods

Amy Sehring – Community Supporter

Erica VanBoxel – Green Bay Press-Gazette Magazine Editor

Pat Warpinski – Owner/Veterinarian of The Animal House

They will now spend the next four months learning two ballroom dances which they will perform at Dancing with our Stars 2013. That event will take place Saturday, February 23rd at the Radisson Hotel & Conference Center in Green Bay. Dancing with our Stars is now in its fifth year and it is has been a sold-out event each year. Not only do those in attendance support local efforts, so can those not attending as the “star dancers” receive votes in the form of donations to the Red Cross. One dollar equals one vote. Donations can be made starting Monday, October 29 at this website:

http://american.redcross.org/dwos

The person who raises the most money between now and the end of the event will be awarded the mirror ball trophy. All funds raised support disaster prevention, preparation and relief, the life-saving training of first aid, CPR/AED classes, collection and testing of blood and blood products, support to military members serving around the globe, the transportation program and international programs.

Among the “pro dancers” participating in the event will be Green Bay Packers wide receiver Donald Driver. He’s the reigning champion of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars”, taking home the mirror ball trophy during the show’s 14th season. Donald will dance with his wife, Betina.

DanceSport of Green Bay, Simply Ballroom, LLC and TC Dance Club of Appleton are the participating dance partner studios for the event.

Information about tickets will be available in January. More event information can be found on the following Red Cross platforms:

Dancing with our Stars website: http://american.redcross.org/dwos

Dancing with our Stars blog: http://redcrossdwosblog.org

Facebook: http://facebook.com/NEWRedCross

Twitter: @NEWRedCross (#DWOS to join the conversation!)

Northeast WI American Red Cross Website: http://redcross.org/newisconsin

Associated Bank, Festival Foods, the Green Bay Packers, Jack’s Maintenance, the Oneida Nation, Schneider National, WBAY-TV, WIXX and the Green Bay Press-Gazette are proud sponsors of Dancing with our Stars 2013.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.