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workWith MeEmmy Fink Discovering Wisconsin one TV adventure at a time Tightly grasping the end of a water ski rope, Emmy Fink waits patiently in the gentle currents of Voyager Lake in Eagle River. After a few moments, a speedboat roars to life and zips away, pulling the 28-year-old to standing as a camera crew, poised on the shore, records her adventure. It's just another day at the offi ce for Fink, and as she cheerfully glides across the water, it's clear—as both a fi rst-time slalom skier and the new host of "Discover Wisconsin," the nation's longest-running tourism show— Fink is having the time of her life. "I truly have the best job in Wiscon- sin," Fink is fond of saying. "When I heard [DW-TV] was looking for a new host I thought, 'Th is would be perfect because it's outdoorsy and you get to travel,'" she adds. A native of a small town near Milwaukee, Lights, Camera, Emmy! Follow Fink's adven- tures on "Discover Wisconsin" every Sat- urday on WKOW-27 at 6:30 p.m. Fink grew up with a love for sports and travel in her home state. No stranger to TV (you'll remember her as the face of Madison's CW network and the host and producer of "Buzzed into Madison"), earning her new position was no easy task. Fink found herself up against 400 appli- cants. After fi ve months of interviews, her energetic and up-for-anything personal- ity was deemed a perfect fi t. As she stepped into the role Wisconsinite Stephanie Klett held for 18 years, Fink instantly felt at home. "It's a bittersweet thing for the viewers because for so long they have only known one person," says Fink. "I just hope that viewers around the state and throughout the area embrace me." Set to usher in the program's 25th season in 2012, Fink is reaching a weekly audience through network, cable and satellite stations, guiding viewers around hotspots in Wisconsin. Whether she's muskie fi shing in the north woods or riding a motorcycle through Milwaukee, Fink fi nds inspiration through the people she meets. "You can see how excited people are to tell you about where they live and what at- tractions are in their area," she says with excitement. "I feel like I'm going to have friends all over the state." —Kelsey Bewick October 2011 33 Photo courtesy of Discover Wisconsin

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