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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!

Recent Articles
  • Official who ordered the water turned off in Terrill Thomas’ cell testifies; “I don’t know if I could have prevented it”

    MILWAUKEE — The jail official who ordered the water be turned off in the cell of an inmate who died of dehydration took the stand. The lieutenant was asked on Thursday, April 27th if she believes she could have prevented the death of Terrill Thomas. Day four of the inquest began with strong words from Milwaukee Police Lt. Eric Donaldson. The homicide detective was asked for his response to the top officials at the Milwaukee County Jail not telling MPD […]

  • Inquest: Former official reveals who ordered water to be turned off in Terrill Thomas’ cell

    MILWAUKEE — The former second-ranking command official at the Milwaukee County Jail revealed who ordered the water to be turned off in cell of an inmate who died last April. Terrill Thomas was later found to have died of dehydration. He went on to say a number of staff members bear responsibility for Thomas going seven days without water or bedding. FOX6 News was embedded with the jurors, prosecutors and judge on Wednesday, April 26th as the group toured the […]

  • Inquest: Testimony of captain who viewed video contradicts that of major who oversees jail

    MILWAUKEE — Officials at the Milwaukee County Jail are telling conflicting stories about an inmate whose death was ruled homicide by dehydration. On the stand during the second day of the inquest into the death of Terrill Thomas, a captain said he saw surveillance video from Thomas’ entire week in jail and reported to the major overseeing the facility that he noticed an officer access the panel housing the controls to Thomas’ cell. The major later testified the captain told […]

  • Inquest: How long was Terrill Thomas alleged to have gone without water

    MILWAUKEE — An inquest began Monday, April 24th in connection with the death of Terrill Thomas, an inmate who died at the Milwaukee County Jail last April as a result of homicide by dehydration. During the first day of the jury trial, we learned exactly how long prosecutors say Thomas went without water. The 38-year-old Thomas was found dead in his cell on April 24th, 2016. Exactly one year later on Monday, the jury pool was whittled down from 25 […]

  • Charged: Teens suspected in a string of armed robberies, high-speed pursuit

    MILWAUKEE — Three Milwaukee teens are charged for their alleged roles in a string of armed robberies as well as a high-speed chase that led to their arrests. One of the teens is considered a juvenile. The other two are old enough to be charged as adults — and they were in court on Friday, April 21st. “Armed Robbery, party to a crime, and also second-degree recklessly endangering safety,” said Court Commissioner Maria Dorsey. Those are the most serious charges […]

  • Prosecutors: Kenosha father accused of killing 2-month-old son told investigators he died in his sleep

    KENOSHA — A 34-year-old Kenosha man is accused of killing his two-month-old son. Robert Stynes made his initial appearance in court on Thursday afternoon, April 20th — blowing a kiss to his parents as he entered the courtroom. He’s facing one count of second degree reckless homicide. Prosecutors say the child suffered a skull fracture, and Stynes told investigators the baby died in his sleep. Stynes family insists there’s no way he did such a thing. According to a criminal […]

  • “Risk a lot to save a lot:” MFD lieutenant of 27 years recovering after falling 10 feet battling fire

    MILWAUKEE — A Milwaukee firefighter on Wednesday, April 19th returns to the scene where he was hurt one day prior. On Tuesday evening, he fell from the second floor of a building near 57th and Hampton while battling a fire in the vacant apartment building. Inspectors were out at the scene Wednesday, trying to determine the cause of the fire. Lieutenant Tom McMenamin was out there as well. He said in 27 years with the Milwaukee Fire Department, nothing like this ever […]

  • Jakubowski manhunt: Officials say threat to schools minimized, urge burglary suspect to turn himself in

    JANESVILLE — Officials in Rock County said Thursday, April 13th new developments in an ongoing, nationwide manhunt for Joseph Jakubowski should help parents and school officials rest a little easier — pointing to a recent arrest, and findings in the manifesto written by Jakubowski, which was mailed to President Donald Trump. In an update Thursday afternoon, officials with the Rock County Sheriff’s Office and Janesville Police Department said a gun found at an elementary school last week has no connection […]

  • “DNA don’t lie:” Man arrested after sample matched evidence from decade-old assault

    MILWAUKEE — After more than a decade, Milwaukee police believe they have gotten justice for a woman who was abducted from a bus stop and assaulted. Police say the suspect had a DNA sample taken earlier this year as part of a separate investigation. That sample matched DNA evidence collected at the scene of a sexual assault that happened in 2006. Before the bus pulled up Wednesday, April 12th for Antonio Conners and his son — who was just a gleam […]

  • “He’s going out in a blaze of glory:” Former neighbor speaks out as court docs detail Jakubowski’s criminal past

    JANESVILLE — A manhunt involving hundreds of law enforcement, now stretching across the country, has been ongoing for a week for Joseph Jakubowski, and on Tuesday, April 11th, new criminal charges were filed against the man accused of stealing 18 firearms from a gun store in Janesville before setting his vehicle ablaze, mailing a manifesto to President Donald Trump — and vanishing. A reward for information leading to his arrest has been doubled, as FOX6 News learned more about Jakubowski’s […]

  • WATCH: Frank Jude Jr. ARRESTED, accused of vandalizing gas station, “tearing up everything in sight”

    MILWAUKEE — Frank Jude Jr., a man who was beaten by Milwaukee police officers more than a decade ago, who later settled with the city for $2 million, was arrested Saturday, April 8th — accused of destroying the inside of a gas station in an incident caught on camera. Police confirmed Jude was arrested in connection to a damage to property incident that happened on April 8th around 10:30 p.m. in a business located on Teutonia Avenue near Roosevelt Drive. Police say […]

  • How judge reached her decision to keep 15-year-old accused in 22 car thefts in juvenile court

    MILWAUKEE — A 15-year-old boy accused in connection with at least 22 car thefts was kept in the juvenile court system against prosecutors’ wishes — a decision that turned heads at Milwaukee’s City Hall. It’s a decision that prompted harsh criticism from a pair of Milwaukee aldermen. Milwaukee County Juvenile Judge Gwen Connolly took 45 minutes to lay out her reasoning during the March 31st hearing. Early on, she described the charges against the 15-year-old boy in her court. “There is […]