Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
Somewhere tucked away and sealed in a bin in my basement is a very old cassette tape. Penciled on the label is the name, “Diana Nyad.” The tape contains my interview with the marathon swimmer when she came to Milwaukee in the mid-1980’s and I was working at WUWM Milwaukee Public Radio.
I remember how passionate Nyad was about women participation in sports, Title XIX, and the like. I also remember, and I mention this as a compliment, her toughness. It was easy to see that this was an individual whose dogged determination helped her become an accomplished athlete.
That’s why I’m not surprised Nyad made worldwide news for her heroic exploits in the ocean between Cuba and Florida.
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Hers is an incredible story no matter your walk in life, athlete or not.