Kathryn Bracho is proud to be a wife to Michael, mom to Declan, and stepmom to Ashton!
She loves anchoring Action 2 News This Morning on WBAY-TV 2, alongside Kevin Rompa. After beginning her career as a reporter at KCCO-TV (a small station in Alexandria, Minnesota), Kathryn moved to the Badger State to become the weekend anchor at WQOW-TV 18 in Eau Claire. At WQOW-TV she won a Wisconsin Broadcasters Association award for Best Small Market Feature Story. She was hired as a reporter in the Action 2 News Fox Valley Newsroom in 2003 and was promoted to anchor of Action 2 News This Morning in 2006.
Kathryn grew up in the Twin Cities area near one of Minnesota’s 10,000 lakes. She’s a University of Minnesota alumna. Kathryn has a number of ancestors from Wisconsin, including her great-grandfather, who was born and raised in Appleton. She loves reading books by and about women—especially the ones by her mother, who’s a published romance novelist. Although she says it’s a lot harder to find time to read these days, with a toddler running around! She also enjoys teaching her son the Spanish she learned from her father, who grew up in Mexico City.
Kathryn and her husband Michael live in Green Bay, and though neither of them grew up in Wisconsin (Michael’s from the U.P.), they root for the Packers. Their son Declan was born July 19th—on his mom’s birthday! Kathryn’s stepson Ashton is a wonderful big brother.
One of Kathryn’s favorite activities is talking with Action 2 News This Morning viewers when she’s out and about. She’s honored to have been asked to take part in this year’s Dancing with the Stars. She thanks you in advance for any cheering and support you can give her!
Get to know Kathryn a little bit more:
1. Describe your first dancing recollection. About how old were you and what was the occasion?
I remember being in my blue tutu with the silver stars my grandmother had sewn on it at my first dance recital when I was five years old. I loved being on stage, and I think that translated into my career in front of the camera!
2. Who is your dream dance partner?
Fred Astaire, no question. Every since I saw the movie Holiday Inn when I was little, I’ve loved him dearly. I believe he’s the most entertaining dancer who ever lived.
When I was 10 years old, my dance class did a number where half the girls dressed up as Fred, and half as Ginger Rogers. (Of course, I HAD to be Fred!) My mom took some pictures and urged me to send them, and a fan letter, to Mr. Astaire. Being a kid, I put it off and put it off, until finally one summer morning I asked my dad to send off the letter I had written. That afternoon, I saw on the news that Fred Astaire had died. I was crushed—I wished I could’ve gotten the chance to tell him how much he meant to me, and I still do!
3. Who is your favorite dancer of all time on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars and why?
Derek Hough, because of his sheer joy every time he dances.
4. Why support the Red Cross with your participation?
The Red Cross does wonderful things for people during some of the toughest moments of their lives. In my profession, I’ve had to report on tragedies families endure—like fires or floods that destroy their homes. It’s been a comfort to me to know that the Red Cross is there for those people when they need help most.
5. What’s your favorite song?
Good Beat, by a little-known one-hit-wonder ‘90s group called Deee-lite (Good Beat wasn’t their hit, by the way—it was Groove Is in the Heart). I’m a sucker for dance music!
6. Hobbies or passions:
My most important passion is my family—they’re my favorite people to be with!
I love to sing, and in less busy years, I’ve been a soprano in the Dudley Birder Chorale of St. Norbert College in De Pere. Making music enriches my life in a way nothing else can!