Chicago native Tim Cuprisin, who was best known as media critic of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel for fifteen years, passed away Wednesday in his north suburban Milwaukee home from melanoma at the age of 53.
A product of Chicago’s City News Bureau in the 1970’s, Curprisin joined the Milwaukee Journal in 1986 as reporter – covering the Jeffrey Dahmer murders, among other stories. In 1994, Cuprisin became the paper’s media critic in a vein similar to Robert Feder’s coverage of the media beat for the Chicago Sun-Times. Among the items he covered during the first year on the job: the Fox-New World affiliation deal, which sent twelve longtime Big Three network affiliates to Fox. Milwaukee was affected, with New-World-owned WITI switching from CBS to Fox, plucking the affiliation away from WCGV (which would become a UPN and later, a My Network TV affiliate. CBS landed on Weigel’s WDJT.)
Cuprisin also held gigs at the Green Bay Press-Gazette and for USA Today.
In 2009, Cuprisin took a buyout from the Journal-Sentinel and moved his column to OnMilwaukee.com, where he resumed covering the media beat.
Cuprisin was also a regular on Steve King & Johnnie’s Putnam’s overnight show on WGN-AM here in Chicago, where he talked about issues involving the media.
On a personal note, when I started my Twitter feed back two and a half years ago, Cuprisin was one of my first followers. I truly appreciated his work and was honored to have him follow me on Twitter and to read my blog (Cuprisin’s blog is featured in T Dog’s Media Friends Section to your right.) His deep knowledge of television and radio was appreciated and his presence will definitely be missed.