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Zach Hanley, Sports DirectorSports Director

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Started at Fox47: April 8, 2020

Explain your new job at Fox 47 in one sentence.
I get paid to eat, sleep, and breathe sports, I still don’t know who I tricked into letting me do this.

Where’d you grow up and what are your ties to Wisconsin / Madison?
Melrose, Wisconsin

Do you live by a motto or catchphrase: “Dare to be great!” and “Be happy with your work.”

What’s your favorite sports memory from a child? How about in more recent times?
The Packers winning Super Bowl XXXI and Brett Favre running around the field with his helmet off. Watching the Badgers beat Kentucky in the Final Four with my Dad.

Did you play sports?
I competed in football, basketball, and track and field, but growing up I played anything and everything with a ball or a stick.

What is your favorite “thing” about the Madison area?
It’s home. Going to college here, leaving for 10 years, and then coming back to work at my dream job – it’s like going back to your parent’s house for the holidays.

When/why did you decide to work in television?
During my sophomore year of college when I realized I wouldn’t be going pro. That summer I interned at WKBT in La Crosse, that Fall I interned here at WISC and the rest, as they say, is history.