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Hello everybody, I joined the FOX6 news team on Valentine’s Day 2012. I’ve since fallen in love with Milwaukee! The best part of my job is when I can personally help make someone’s life a little better – with the help of our viewers. A great example was on New Year’s Day 2016 when we helped one viewer donate a wheelchair to a woman who had hers stolen.

I come to Milwaukee by way of WICD in Champaign, IL. That station has become a pipeline for FOX6 – I worked there with our own Ben Handelman and FOX 6 alums Bret Buganski and Brittney Sager. At WICD, I was the Vermilion County Bureau Chief. I worked alone in our Danville office, about 45 minutes from the Champaign studio. Before leaving the station, I spent time in sports covering the Fighting Illini and the prep scene.

Before then, I worked at KOMU in Columbia, MO. That’s the station run by the University of Missouri. After graduating from Mizzou, I stuck around to do a variety of things. The spectrum ran from running live shots for other reporters to updating the website.

I grew up in Skokie, IL which borders Chicago to the north. My roots will make for the toughest adjustments here. I have to admit I’m a huge Bears and Cubs fan. Rest assured, it won’t affect my reporting…even when I’m sent up north to do a Packer story! Growing up in Chicago, I was a vendor at both Wrigley Field and U.S. Cellular Field. I knew then I was a sports nut since I was more interested in watching the game than selling hot dogs!

I look forward to telling more stories that matter in southeast Wisconsin. If you’ve got an idea for one of them, let me know about it on Facebook and/or Twitter!

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  • “An irresponsible law:” Chief Flynn says concealed carry law contributes to violence

    MILWAUKEE — Community leaders and law enforcement officials on Monday, June 26th hosted a town hall meeting to discuss violence in Milwaukee, and how to go about bringing peace to the city. It served as an opportunity for neighbors to ask blunt questions of officials. The conversation covered some controversial subjects, including guns. At the Wisconsin Black Historical Society on Monday evening, Arizona-based policing expert Michael Scott promoted “problem-oriented policing.” He said the three keys of it are: neighborhood knowledge, […]

  • “It has to be done:” Protesters call on Sen. Johnson to vote ‘no’ on Senate’s health care bill

    MILWAUKEE — Protesters called on U.S. Senator Ron Johnson Friday, June 23rd to vote “no” on the Senate’s proposed health care bill. They say the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, needs fixing not replacing. With 52 Republicans in the Senate, the GOP can only afford to lose the support of two members. Sen. Johnson said Friday he will not pledge his support for his bill until he knows more. During a downtown rally Friday morning, a group opposed […]

  • Growing unity: Milwaukeeans find peace through planting in community garden

    MILWAUKEE — In the hours following the verdict announcement in the Dominique Heaggan-Brown trial, there were calls for unity. Beyond that, we are seeing action. Outside the courtroom, the not guilty verdict stirred some of the emotions that led to the violent protests in August 2016. Thankfully, we saw nothing of the sort following. Inside the “We Got This” community garden at 9th and Ring, those tending to the crops have already been searching for solutions that extend far beyond […]

  • Watch: Jurors find Dominique Heaggan-Brown not guilty in shooting death of Sylville Smith

    MILWAUKEE — Dominique Heaggan-Brown, the former Milwaukee police officer who fatally shot Sylville Smith during an August 2016 foot chase, was found not guilty Wednesday, June 21st. Members of Smith’s family could be heard crying in the courtroom as the verdict was read. The shooting death sparked days of unrest in Milwaukee. Judge Jeffrey Conen had instructed the jury of nine women and three men to consider lesser charges in the reckless homicide trial but Heaggan-Brown was cleared of all counts. […]

  • Jury deliberations to resume Wednesday in trial of former MPD officer who shot Sylville Smith

    MILWAUKEE — Jurors will need at least another day to decide whether a former Milwaukee police officer committed a crime when he used fatally shot a 23-year-old man last summer. The shooting death of Sylville Smith sparked two nights of violent protests in the Sherman Park neighborhood. Prosecutor who charged Dominique Heaggan-Brown with first degree reckless homicide  told jurors Tuesday, June 20th the man was defenseless and “looked like a child” when he was fatally shot last year. An attorney […]

  • Defense rests in trial of Dominique Heaggan-Brown, closing arguments expected Tuesday

    MILWAUKEE — The defense rested Monday, June 19th in the trial of Dominique Heaggan-Brown, the former Milwaukee police officer involved in the shooting that sparked two nights of violent protests in August. He’s charged with first degree reckless homicide for the shooting death of Sylville Smith. The judge, Jeffrey A. Conen had said the plan was for both sides to make closing arguments Monday afternoon. However, the testimony of the defense’s main witness took up the entire day. Closing arguments […]

  • Dominique Heaggan-Brown chooses not to testify; state rests in trial

    MILWAUKEE — The state rests its case in the trial of Dominique Heaggan-Brown, the former Milwaukee police officer involved in the shooting that sparked two nights of unrest in August 2016. In court Friday, June 16th the defense made its case. Their first possible witness was Heaggan-Brown himself but he chose not to testify. Heaggan-Brown: “I will not be testifying.” Judge Conen: “And you believe it’s in your own best interest?” Heaggan-Brown: “Yes.” Judge Conen: “No one promised you anything to […]

  • Watch: Footage from Dominique Heaggan-Brown’s body camera viewed in court

    MILWAUKEE — Prosecutors on Thursday, June 15th showed jurors body camera footage from Dominique Heaggan-Brown, the former Milwaukee police officer who fatally shot Sylville Smith in August, setting off two nights of rioting. Heaggan-Brown is charged with first-degree reckless homicide in the death of the 23-year-old Smith. Heaggan-Brown grew up in the same neighborhood where the shooting occurred. ***WARNING: This video is not appropriate for all audiences. Viewer discretion is advised.*** The video was shown to jurors in court on Thursday […]

  • Body camera viewing during Heaggan-Brown trial leads defense to call for a mistrial

    MILWAUKEE — For the first time, the public sees body camera footage showing the officer-involved shooting of Sylville Smith. It sparked two nights of unrest in the Sherman Park neighborhood in August 2016. Dominique Heaggan-Brown, a former Milwaukee police officer has been charged with first degree reckless homicide in the case. Wednesday marked the first day of the trial with witness testimony. On Wednesday morning, the jury saw pictures from the scene captured by state investigators. “That’s a shell casing for […]

  • Opening statements in Dominique Heaggan-Brown trial suggest case will boil down to single gunshot

    MILWAUKEE — The jury was selected for the trial of Dominique Heaggan-Brown Tuesday, June 13th. He’s the officer who shot and killed Sylville Smith in August of 2016 — an officer-involved shooting that prompted two days of violent protests. During the opening statements made late in the afternoon, it became clear from both sides this case will boil down to a single gunshot — the second shot that killed Smith. The jury was selected Tuesday morning and includes 12 jurors […]

  • “An anonymous jury:” Judge denies request to delay jury selection in Dominique Heaggan-Brown trial

    MILWAUKEE — A judge denied on Monday, June 12th a request to delay jury selection in the trial of a former police officer charged in the August 2016 shooting that sparked two nights of violent protests. Lawyers for former MPD officer Dominique Heaggan-Brown requested that the trial be delayed until August in light of an officer-involved shooting that happened Sunday night, June 11th along Milwaukee’s lakefront. They argued emotions simmering from the recent shooting could taint the jury pool. “We don’t […]

  • 6 months after launch of “Stop the Stollies” campaign, dozens of stolen cars recovered

    MILWAUKEE — In Milwaukee, a different kind of campaign aimed at preventing the theft of vehicles has led to the recovery of more than 40 stolen cars. “Stop the Stollies” launched in January, and in June, with school out and hot temperatures, organizers said they know there’s more work to be done. If you drive along a city street, you just might come across a “stollie” – slang for a stolen car. Already in 2017, more than 2,000 vehicles have […]