Two Evansville natives part of new “Discover Wisconsin” co-host team
EVANSVILLE--Two Evansville natives will guide viewers around the state's sights and sounds as new co-hosts when the tourism show “Discover Wisconsin” kicks off its 27th season in November.
Mariah Haberman and Libby Amato are part of a four-person team co-hosting the upcoming season, which premieres Nov. 2 and 3 around the Midwest.
“It's really a dream job for me—part co-host and marketing strategist,” said Haberman, who is keeping in touch with fans through social media while on the road.
The women will join Collin Geraghty and Eric Paulsen on the show, which is using a multi-host format for the first time since 2003. The change was made so the show could feature more destinations and events. The show is set to film more than 50 destinations for the upcoming season, which is up from 20 in 2009.
The entire crew will meet the public for the first time Friday at the Wisconsin State Fair.
Haberman and Geraghty will co-host every episode, while Amato and Paulsen will be featured as field hosts and appear in select episodes.
Haberman, a 2006 Evansville graduate, lives in Madison and earned a bachelor's degree from UW-Oshkosh. She was crowned Miss Wisconsin Central 2012 in Fond du Lac and competed for the title of Miss Wisconsin in Oshkosh.
She said she loves traveling and is naturally a curious person.
“I lived here pretty much my entire life. I would consider myself an expert when it comes to all things Wisconsin,” she said.
After filming just a few segments, however, she said she was surprised by how little she knew about the state. She finds something surprising each episode, she said.
Amato, who lives in Milwaukee, graduated from Carroll University in Waukesha and still spends a lot of time in Evansville, she said in her bio. She also worked for a summer in Beloit with the former New Court Theatre.
The show films year-round, and Haberman said she's looking forward to spending time in the northern part of the state. During filming, she's already windsurfed in the Kenosha area, toured Black Point Estate in Lake Geneva and motorcycled around Platteville.
“I love doing anything active,” she said.
The show traditionally aired episodes filmed all in one location, such as one a few years ago in Evansville, she said. Over the years, viewers have gravitated to themed shows, such as ATVing or historical sites, which requires crews in several places, she said.