The Discover Team
Meet the Discover Team:
Libby, Collin, Eric, Mariah, Abbey and Jake!
Discover Wisconsin is growing. In fact, we’re covering more ground than ever before! We’re thrilled to introduce you to a brand new team of co-hosts: Libby, Collin, Eric, Mariah, Abbey and Jake are helping us explore even more of the Badger State.
This could be you!
Libby Amato grew up in Evansville in south central Wisconsin. After graduating from Carroll University in Waukesha, Libby journeyed to Milwaukee’s 5th ward, where she now loves taking in the city’s vibrant theatre scene. She’s prone to sampling Deppler’s Baby Swiss, refuses to travel without her mini carry-on suitcase and counts Milwaukee’s Festa Italiana among one of her favorite Wisconsin festivals. (She is Sicilian after all!)
I’d love to take a trip with my big sister and my little brother. We don’t get to spend nearly enough time together these days and I’m fairly certain they’d be ideal travel companions.
Ghostbusters! What’s not to love?
Jump out of a plane. No thanks!
Chili & lime flavored crickets. At a small sushi restaurant in San Francisco. That same meal I also ate pickled fish intestines. It was all delicious! I’ll try just about anything. (Think she’s ready for lutefisk?!)
Collin Geraghty is a 4th generation Wisconsinite from Hudson, nestled at the confluence of the Willow River and the beautiful St. Croix River valley. So it’s no surprise that he’s drawn to water. Collin never leaves home without a fly rod (or 3), and you can often find him on the banks of the nearest lake, river or stream. Collin earned his B.A. in theatre arts from Marquette University and has worked on stages all around the Badger State.
Too many to count! Sailing in the Apostle Islands, biking the Elroy-Sparta Trail with my family, XC Skiing the Birkie trail with my Dad, Door County with my wife, trout fishing the Driftless with my buddies, deer hunting with my in-laws … I could go on for days (Tune in and watch the show! Check your local listings)
"Trout or Char"
Put olives in an "Old Fashioned"
Eric Paulsen grew up in parts of Milwaukee, Chicago, Detroit and Dallas. But it was the people, scenery and culture of Wisconsin that drew Eric back to his favorite spot and he’s been here ever since. Eric has worked in TV and radio in Madison, Door County and Milwaukee; he also manages StateTrunkTour.com, which has allowed him to get to know people and places in every nook and cranny in the state.
First thing in the morning? Sasquatch from the Jack Links commercials. Other than that, some guy from One Life to Live named Justin.
Broccoli cheddar bites from John Hawks’ at Summerfest; tasty but also – um – nutritious. Because there’s broccoli in them.
Right now? Aaron Rodgers. Props though to Leroy Butler (first Lambeau Leaper), Paul Coffman (underrated but awesome tight end) and Chester Marcol (for that awesome kick-block-deflection-for-a-touchdown play in 1980).
Mariah Haberman hails from Evansville, the soybean capital of Wisconsin, where she was brought up in a family of seven in a small farmhouse outside of town. Some of her favorite memories include Lake Michigan fishing trips with her Dad, showing sheep at the Rock County Fair and dancing on the Miss Wisconsin stage. Mariah received her B.A. in journalism from UW-Oshkosh and is excited to now be a part of the Discover Team!
ALL! (Jack of all trades, master of none?)
I love a bar/restaurant in Madison called Natt Spil. Town Hall Bakery is a lovely place in Sturgeon Bay as is Evolutions in Design, a quirky gift shop in Wausau.
One of Beyoncé’s backup dancers. Or an English teacher.
Oshkosh Irish Fest (…where I can celebrate being a redhead!)
A northwoods gal, Abbey Maillette hails from Sayner, Wisconsin, and currently lives in Eagle River. When she’s not chasing her three kids around, you can catch Abbey on the ice pond with a hockey stick in hand or singing along to one of her favorite country jams at one of Wisconsin’s many music festivals.
Hockey stick, Baseball Bat? Fine, WATER-skis.
Jordy Nelson-because I took a picture with him and Mariah! OK, so he didn’t even know I was taking it ☺.
Friday night Fish Fry!
Buffalo Tongue at Klondike Days
Meet Jake Zimmermann: Poynette native, bona fide sports nut and fried cheese curd connoisseur. Jake may hail from Puma territory, but he has also called Portage, Rhinelander, DeForest and Sun Prairie home. He prefers Durward’s Glen near Baraboo for a little peace and serenity but when it’s time to amp it up, he heads to Summerfest in Milwaukee. Jake’s thrilled to be a part of the Discover Team and we’re thrilled to have him on board!
Longtime sportscaster in Madison - covering the Badgers, Packers, Brewers, Bucks and high school sports since 1996.
Standing on the field at Miller Park as the Brewers clinched their first playoff appearance in 26 years in 2008.
Skydive (My Discover Wisconsin friends already got me to take a hot air balloon ride…that was awesome but a little freaky for this guy!).
Flying in a six-seater plane back from Ohio State after covering the Badger football team. It was a terrible storm. We had to stop on the way back and the plane got struck by lightning once. That's why I like BIG planes!
Want to learn more about joining the Discover Wisconsin team?
- Typical Work Environment: Think forests, parks, farms and festivals—in all seasons!
- Desired persona: Lots of charisma, a penchant for learning and confidence on camera!
- Unforeseen perk: Cheese curds. Lots and lots of cheese curds.
Dust off that video camera and record an audition of you discovering Wisconsin. Then upload it to your preferred video sharing site and fill out the audition form below. Good luck!
*Non-cheeseheads need not apply.