By Steve Kabelowsky Contributing Columnist Published May 18, 2015 at 4:40 PM

There's a new face on Channel 12 news these days. But even if Tim Elliott isn't familiar to Milwaukee, the city is familiar to him.

"So far so good," said Elliott, the newest anchor at WISN-TV, who was just on the air for a few days at that point. 

Elliott is the breaking news anchor for weekday morning newscasts. He works with the producers to see what has happened overnight and present the top stories to inform the viewers what they are waking up to.

"It seems like a strength for me," Elliott said of his experiences, as he tends to lean on them for selecting stories. "Being back in Milwaukee brings back a lot of memories."

Elliott spent some time in his childhood and teen years in Janesville and is a 2007 graduate of UW-Milwaukee. Elliott went to a handful of smaller TV stations before getting the opportunity to be closer to family and friends in the Midwest.

"In the third year at my first station I was switched over to a reporter, mostly doing general assignments," Elliott said of the work at an NBC affiliate about 90 miles away from Panama City.

About two and a half years ago he was hired on at a Hearst-sister station, and then made a job transfer of sorts to Milwaukee.

"I’m just pumped to be in the city," he said. "I love being a part of this community."

Elliott’s parents, who had the chance to see their son work while he was with a station in Madison, were also glad to have him back closer.

"My mom, she’s been so pumped, just talking to everyone on Facebook and letting them know where I am," Elliott said, mentioning that many of his family members just outside of the Milwaukee TV market usually catch him on’s livestream.

SOMETHING NEW: Al Jazeera America added a new debate program, "Third Rail," that airs at 5 p.m. Sundays with host Imran Garda. In the show’s debut over the weekend, the hour-long program took a look at the role of religion and if it does more harm than good.

From the recent attacks outside an art fair in Garland, Texas, to the current riots in Myanmar and the Middle East, religion and violence have become almost synonymous in the conversation. The lead debate with Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz and PBS host and author Tavis Smiley on the role of religion in violent world conflicts made for some fascinating television.

"‘Third Rail’ will ask the tough questions other news programs avoid, and hold guests accountable on their views," Garda said. "We’ll push and challenge guests to spark a clash of ideas and help viewers understand issues and stories in new ways."

Garda is a journalist, novelist and documentarian who joined Al Jazeera English in 2006 as a news anchor and co-host of "Inside Story" at Al Jazeera Media Network headquarters in Doha, Qatar.  He then moved to Washington, D.C., where he hosted the Royal Television Society-award winning program, "The Stream." Born and raised in South Africa, Garda has reported from more than a dozen countries and most recently served as a senior anchor and producer for AJ+, Al Jazeera’s all-digital news channel based in San Francisco. He is the author of the 2014 novel, "The Thunder That Roars."

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: On the Fox News Channel’s "The Kelly File" at 8 p.m. tonight, Gov. Chris Christie will sit down with Megyn Kelly to discuss the 2016 presidential elections, foreign policy proposals, defense spending, as well as other challenges facing the country.

Steve Kabelowsky Contributing Columnist

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