A.J. Bayatpour

Multi-media Journalist

Hello everybody, I’m the latest in a growing line of Multimedia Journalists at FOX6. We’re basically jacks of all trades – we shoot, write, and edit the stories you see us report on the news. It’s a bit more work but I love recording video in the field knowing exactly how it will fit in my story.

I come to Milwaukee by way of WICD in Champaign, IL. That station has become a pipeline for FOX6 – I worked there with Bret Buganski, Ben Handelman and Brittney Sager. Once again, we’re together on weekends! 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 if 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 the 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!

Recent Articles

  • NEW LAW: Police no longer allowed to investigate own officer-involved deaths

    Posted on: 12:10 pm, April 23, 2014, by , updated on: 08:58pm, April 23, 2014

    MADISON (WITI) — Supporters are calling it a “bittersweet celebration.” Assembly Bill 409 is officially law. Gov. Scott Walker signed...
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  • ESPN: NBA could buy back Bucks if no arena deal by 2017

    Posted on: 10:57 am, April 22, 2014, by , updated on: 08:56pm, April 22, 2014

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — If the Milwaukee Bucks’ new owners and supporters of a new downtown arena are unable to raise...
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  • It happened again, 2 “innocent bystanders” shot in separate incidents

    Posted on: 5:27 pm, April 21, 2014, by , updated on: 10:32pm, April 21, 2014

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Milwaukee police are investigating two shootings that occurred on Easter Sunday. In each of these cases, someone...
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  • “Lot of hurdles” as Bucks look for way to pay for new arena

    Posted on: 6:10 pm, April 18, 2014, by , updated on: 10:33pm, April 18, 2014

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Two days after the announcement of the new owners of the Milwaukee Bucks, these questions linger: How...
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    BMO Harris Bradley Center
  • Debate heats up over who will pay for new Bucks arena, and how

    Posted on: 11:26 am, April 17, 2014, by , updated on: 08:53pm, April 17, 2014

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — The Milwaukee Bucks will soon have new owners — so will the team also be getting a...
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    Milwaukee Bucks sold
  • Neighbor: Blighted homes “a magnet” for illegal activity

    Posted on: 9:57 pm, April 16, 2014, by , updated on: 10:29pm, April 16, 2014

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Milwaukee officials say abandoned homes are becoming more and more of a problem. There are several thousand...
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    blighted homes
  • Ice gone on Lake Michigan, but shipping impacted elsewhere

    Posted on: 5:20 pm, April 16, 2014, by , updated on: 08:51pm, April 16, 2014

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — As spring slowly arrives here in the Milwaukee area, much of the ice on Lake Michigan has...
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    Port of Milwaukee shipping
  • Lots of wreckage from overnight crashes, but no serious injuries

    Posted on: 5:09 pm, April 15, 2014, by , updated on: 10:21pm, April 15, 2014

    MILWAUKEE/WAUKESHA COUNTIES (WITI) — The weather is to blame for dozens of accidents on area freeway systems Monday night, April...
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    crash wreckage
  • VFW says 55,000 veterans are the victims of a security breach

    Posted on: 5:20 pm, April 14, 2014, by , updated on: 10:40pm, April 14, 2014

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — A Milwaukee veteran receives a startling letter. It is from the VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars), and...
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  • State Sen. Ellis calling it quits, recognizes “toll” on family

    Posted on: 10:41 am, April 11, 2014, by and , updated on: 10:02pm, April 11, 2014

    MADISON (WITI/AP) — Republican Senate President Mike Ellis will not seek re-election this fall, following the release of a secretly recorded video...
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    State Sen. Mike Ellis
  • General Plastics evacuated following bomb threat

    Posted on: 10:09 am, April 9, 2014, by , updated on: 08:56pm, April 9, 2014

    GLENDALE (WITI) — General Plastics was evacuated Wednesday morning, April 9th following a bomb threat. Authorities say the bomb threat...
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    General Plastics bomb threat
  • Rufus King named one of the most challenging high schools in America

    Posted on: 3:53 pm, April 8, 2014, by , updated on: 08:53pm, April 8, 2014

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — The Washington Post has released its list of the most challenging high schools in the country —...
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    rufus king