We are pleased to announce our keynote speaker for Springfield Black Tie 2021, Tiq Milan.

Tiq has been a journalist for over a decade. His work has appeared on MIC, Buzzfeed, NBC, and CNN among others. He has moderated conversations about LGBT representation in media for HBO’s Newsfest Film Festival, The Toronto Film Festival, LOGO, and MTV. Tiq also served as the Senior Media Strategist and National Spokesperson for GLAAD.

Tiq shares his story of being transgender and how that informs his views on masculinity, race, and gender. He has lectured on the importance of inclusion as a tool of innovation and leads discussions on healthy modes of masculinity, inclusive leadership, and creating cultures of consent. His 2016 TED Talk: A Queer Vision of Love and Marriage alongside his wife, Kim Katrin Milan has been viewed over 3 million times and continues to inform and inspire people all over the world.



T.J. Springer is an Emmy-Award winning meteorologist for KOLR 10 News DayBreak and Ozarks Fox AM. He has received the American Meteorological Society Certified Broadcast Meteorologist distinction, which is the highest designation from the organization. It requires a rigorous exam and review of his on-air weathercasts. T.J. has also been honored by the Iowa Broadcast News Association for his severe weather coverage.

T.J. hails from Maryland but has worked in the Ohio Valley, Upper Midwest, the Central High Plains, and now the Ozarks. He has worked at WOAY TV in Oak Hill, WV, KTIV TV in Sioux City, IA, and most recently our sister-station, KSNW-TV in Wichita, KS. Springer was the AM Meteorologist at both KTIV as well as WOAY and is thrilled to be on DayBreak here at KOLR 10. He’ll never stray away from a cup of coffee as this shift requires really early hours! 

Before he got his start in the world of meteorology, he interned in Baltimore, MD at WBFF Fox 45. T.J. graduated from Millersville University in 2015 with his Bachelors of Science in Meteorology. He was largely involved in musical theatre and choir during his time at MU which drove him to pursue a minor in music. This is where he started to feel comfortable in front of an audience and eventually in front of a camera.