Makayla Mladenovic

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What did you do before you were a Miner?

I started my career as a producer in Madison, WI (Go Badgers!) before making my way to the Twin Cities. I worked for Fox 9 for five years, where I produced the 10 p.m. newscast before eventually transitioning to the 5 p.m. show. With the help of talented anchors, dedicated reporters and an amazing technical crew, two of my early evening newscasts earned Emmy nominations.

What are three things people don’t know about you?

+ I’m half Serbian. In case you were wondering, my last name is pronounced “Mm-lah-den-oh-vich”. It looks intimidating, but just slur it all together!

+ Celebrity run-ins: I danced with Nelly on stage in Oklahoma City, rode the elevator with Donald Driver in Milwaukee, got Linda Cohn to cheer “Go Pack Go!” in Norman, was on the sidelines with J.J. Watt at Camp Randall Stadium, hugged Andrew Zimmern in Minneapolis, snapped a pic over cocktails with Oliver Stone in a Madison bar — but I still haven’t been invited to Hollywood!

+ I quit my job to backpack Asia with a guy I had only known for five months. Five years later, that guy is now my husband.

What do you do for fun?

I love to travel; my goal is to visit a new country and national park each year. I also enjoy hiking, camping and being out in nature with my husband and our Sheepadoodle named George. I need to do all of that to offset my love for food and trying new restaurants.

What are your favorite quotes?

+ “All you have to do is to pay attention; lessons always arrive when you are ready, and if you can read the signs, you will learn everything you need to know in order to take the next step.” – Paulo Coelho, “The Zahir”

+ “The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them.” — Paulo Coelho, “The Alchemist”

+ “Too many times we stand aside and let the water slip away / Till what we put off till tomorrow has now become today / So don’t you sit upon the shoreline and say you’re satisfied / Choose to chance the rapids and dare to dance the tide” – Garth Brooks, “The River”

+ “Don’t be a hard rock when you really are a gem.” – Lauryn Hill

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