Neena Pacholke, Beloved Wisconsin News 9 Anchor, Dies at 27

It was discovered over the weekend that Neena Pacholke, a beloved news anchor for Wisconsin’s News 9, had passed away. She was 27 years old. Pacholke committed suicide, according to her local news station, News 9 WAOW. The station said in a statement that its employees are “devastated” by the news of the tragedy.

“Neena loved this community and the people who lived here. She was a kind person with a big heart and a contagious smile, and we will miss her greatly,” the statement read.

Neena Pacholke Committed Suicide

After finishing her education at USF, Pacholke immediately began working for News 9 in 2017.

“She started as a reporter, but because of her warmth and dedication, quickly moved into the main anchor role,” the news station wrote. “She spent several years as our morning anchor where so many people welcomed her into their home.”

“She could make anyone feel incredible,” her sister, Kaitlynn Pacholke, said on-air to “Today.” “If you knew her your whole life or if you knew her for five minutes, she made you feel special.”

Neena Pacholke
Neena Pacholke

Kaitlynn stated, “I just want to wake up from this living nightmare. My heart is shattered into a million pieces, and I know it will never be whole again. One day the words will come to me. But for now, I know she’s not in pain anymore, and I am thankful for that.”

Co-anchor Brendan Mackey paid tribute to Pacholke on Facebook, writing,  “I have never met anyone in my entire life that is more loved than this girl. Every day she made people smile, whether through a tv screen or just being an incredible friend.”

“She was so happy and so full of life and a role model. Neena was so talented,” Mackey added. “Let’s remember Neena Pacholke for the beautiful person she was. The brightest light in the room. The biggest smile and the funniest laugh.”

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