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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
  • Homicide investigation near 35th and Silver Spring

    3 men, 1 a bar owner, killed in shootings within 2-hour period — in broad daylight

    MILWAUKEE — Investigations are underway after THREE homicides which happened in broad daylight on Milwaukee’s north side on Monday afternoon, October 24th. Milwaukee police say around 1:20 p.m., a man was discovered shot inside a bar called Mike’s Place near 35th and Silver Spring. He was pronounced dead at the scene. He has been identified for FOX6 News as Mike Patton by family. PHOTO GALLERY FOX6 News has been told by an employee of the bar and other witnesses that the man […]

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    Mike’s Place bar owner found shot and killed leaves behind 7 children, fiancee

    MILWAUKEE — A tavern owner was found dead inside his bar near 35th and Silver Spring on Monday, October 24th — one of three homicides to take place within less than two hours in Milwaukee. The man’s death has rocked the north side neighborhood where “Mike’s Place” is located. Family members say the victim of the shooting was Mike Patton — owner of Mike’s Place. They said he took so much pride in the fact he was able to open a business. A number of […]

  • Sedan Smith

    Brother of Sylville Smith speaks out after officer’s sexual assault arrest: “There’s no conscience there”

    MILWAUKEE — The brother of a man killed by a Milwaukee police officer says that officer should be facing charges in addition to the ones that have landed him in jail. Dominique Heaggan-Brown, is accused of sexual assault with one alleged attack happening the night after he shot and killed Sylville Smith. During the second night of violent protests in the Sherman Park neighborhood back in August, investigators say Heaggan-Brown was getting drunk in a bar watching on TV. He’s […]

  • Dominique Heaggan-Brown

    Milwaukee police officer who shot Sylville Smith now accused of sexual assault

    MILWAUKEE — Members of Milwaukee Police Department’s Internal Affairs Division arrested Milwaukee Police Officer Dominique Heaggan-Brown on Wednesday evening, October 19th after criminal charges were filed against him earlier in the day. Heaggan-Brown, 24, is the officer who shot Sylville Smith near 44th and Auer on Saturday, August 13th. He now faces the following criminal charges: Second degree sexual assault (2 counts) Prostitution (2 counts) Capture an intimate representation without consent Bail for Heaggan-Brown was set at $100,000 on Thursday […]

  • Shooting scene near 44th and Auer, Milwaukee

    Unsealed search warrant sheds light on officer-involved shooting of Sylville Smith

    MILWAUKEE — We’re learning more about the August officer-involved shooting of Sylville Smith. That shooting sparked two nights of violent protests near Milwaukee’s Sherman Park. Now, an unsealed search warrant sheds light on another investigation that was conducted at the scene. The warrant is not directly tied to the shooting of Smith. It is in regards to a drug investigation and state authorities wanted permission to go through the cell phones found inside the car Smith was in. According to […]

  • Onyx Social Club & Restaurant

    Milwaukee nightclub with troubled history back in hot water, “It’s more than disappointment”

    MILWAUKEE — A Milwaukee nightclub with a troubled history is back in hot water. The Onyx social lounge was shut down by the city three years ago before getting its license back.  When the Onyx got its license renewed this summer, it came with a 45-day suspension. There was also an age limit imposed — 25 and up only. According to Milwaukee police, a 22-year-old woman is in custody suspected of shooting a 23-year-old woman early Sunday morning. The shooting […]

  • Officers Jason Daering, Jesse Mattson

    Justified: 2 Milwaukee police officers cleared in fatal shooting of Burt Johnson

    MILWAUKEE — Two Milwaukee police officers have been cleared of any wrongdoing for their involvement in the fatal shooting of armed robbery suspect, 38-year-old Burt Johnson. That’s according to a letter submitted to Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn earlier this month from the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office. The officers are Jesse Mattson and Jason Daering. Neither was wearing a body camera. But three responding officers were. FOX6 News obtained those videos along with surveillance footage from the robbery itself. The […]

  • Jason Ludke, Yosvany Padilla-Conde

    2 Milwaukee men charged with attempting to provide support to ISIS

    MILWAUKEE — Two Milwaukee men have been charged in federal court with attempting to provide material support to ISIS, U.S. Attorney Gregory Haanstad announced on Friday, October 14th. 35-year-old Jason Ludke of Milwaukee has been charged in a criminal complaint with attempting to provide material support or resources to a foreign terrorist organization, ISIL. 30-year-old Yosvany Padilla-Conde, also of Milwaukee, was charged in the same complaint with aiding and abetting Ludke’s attempt to provide material support or resources to a foreign terrorist […]

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    Car dealership can boast having 2 heroes among its employees; “Right people at the right time”

    MILWAUKEE — A lot of businesses like to boast about the type of person they hire. Well, there’s one car dealership on Milwaukee’s northwest side that can make a truly unique claim. For two straight years, they’ve had an employee honored by the city for helping save someone’s life. In a room full of first responders, Christine Gaspardo fits right in — and not only because she was an EMT for 15 years. Back in February, Gaspardo was working the […]

  • Rick Gudex

    Sheriff’s officials: Sen. Rick Gudex died of self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest

    FOND DU LAC COUNTY — The Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday morning, October 12th Sen. Rick Gudex of Fond du Lac has died. His death was a result of a gunshot wound to the chest, believed to have been self-inflicted, officials said. Gudex’s body was discovered around 1:30 a.m. in the Town of Eden in Fond du Lac County. The 48-year-old Gudex was not seeking re-election to the Senate seat he’s held since 2013. According to his official biography, Gudex […]

  • Daryl Dwayne Holloway

    Wrongfully convicted: Milwaukee man released after serving 24 years in prison for sexual assault

    MILWAUKEE — A Milwaukee man who has served 24 years in prison for sexual assault and burglary of has been exonerated — and on Wednesday, October 5th, he walked out of prison. “I did 24 and some odd years for something that I believe they knew I didn’t do it. I came in mid-20s. I’m almost 50 now. My whole life has changed. They had old-school telephones back then. Now they’ve got computers. I don’t know nothing about this!” Daryl Holloway said. 48-year-old […]

  • Officer-involved shooting near 44th & Auer

    Team that will now investigate deadly police incidents in Milwaukee includes members from every department

    MILWAUKEE — FOX6 News has learned more about the team that will now investigate deadly police incidents in Milwaukee. The team of detectives from across Milwaukee County has been in place for a couple years — but now, Milwaukee Police Department incidents are on their list of responsibilities. The West Milwaukee Police Department had a big hand in putting this team together. It includes members of every police department in Milwaukee County — with the exception of the Milwaukee County […]