Jerry Burke

It’s been said that there is no reporter in the history of the Fox Valley with more local contacts and sources than Jerry Burke.

Jerry spent 34 years of his career at WBAY-TV in Green Bay, mostly spent as Valley News Bureau Chief supervising newsrooms in Oshkosh and Appleton.

During his career, he earned a reputation for always getting the story right the first time. It’s this dedication to accuracy that built Jerry’s trust with his audience and his sources and earned him the respect of the community.

This respect was demonstrated at his retirement party which was the most attended retirement party in WBAY’s history and included local officials, judges, and more than 40 members of law enforcement.

Retired WBAY assignment manager Jim Dillion said of Jerry, “I can’t think of anyone I respect as a reporter more than Jerry Burke.”

Jerry is described as the perfect mentor for new reporters and shared his expertise while teaching at UW-Oshkosh.

Jerry is an ambassador for the community and has spent 50 years working at EAA AirVenture fly-in in Oshkosh. He also covered the huge event every year he worked at WBAY.

Jerry’s dedication to community and fidelity to journalism will leave a lasting legacy in the Fox Valley.


  1. Jerry, Mark Thompson, here. I still value our time together at UW-Oshkosh and as on-air colleagues at WMKC-FM, Oshkosh. Are still emcee at EAA? I’m living in Green Lake. Would love to get together for old times sake My email:

  2. russ kunkel

    hi jerry,remember me russ kunkel the old building supt.when you televised from our 8th floor,my family was just talking about some old days,and we were wondering about you.hope all is well with you and yours. by the way i’ll be 87 years young come sept.26

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