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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
  • After hosting free meal, local rapper hands out Thanksgiving leftovers to the homeless

    MILWAUKEE — Typically, community Thanksgiving dinners take place on Thanksgiving, of course. But due to a scheduling conflict, one group had to host dinner on Wednesday, November 22nd — but they were still busy Thursday afternoon. A Milwaukee rapper wanted to start his own free community meal this year, and when circumstances forced him to change the date, a north side ministry stepped in. He said Wednesday’s dinner was a success but it wasn’t enough. Antonio Holmes, known as ‘Tone […]

  • Couple carjacked with hammer; suspect caught after leaving his phone at scene

    MILWAUKEE — A man is facing the possibility of decades in prison after he was charged with carjacking a couple in a Walgreen’s parking lot. He allegedly used a hammer to commit the crime. Records reveal that police determined 22-year-old Gary Cooper-Wertz was their suspect after his phone was recovered at the scene. An unsealed search warrant at the courthouse made more details public this week. The carjacking happened in October, but the suspect wasn’t caught until last week. It […]

  • Germantown, West Bend police seek same armed robbery suspects; both crimes caught on camera

    WEST BEND — We are learning more about a pair of armed robbers who assaulted a Germantown store employee over the weekend then fled police. They targeted another business before that; surveillance video shows they struggled to take everything they wanted. At the Cigarette Outlet store in West Bend, manager Janine Paczelt said she was apprehensive Tuesday, November 21st because of what happened Saturday afternoon. “I’ve been the manager here 15 years and I’ve never been scared. Literally, never been […]

  • School crossing guard Andy Tyler suffers “irreversible brain damage,” family says

    MILWAUKEE — The elderly crossing guard injured in a hit-and-run crash is now in grave condition. Relatives told FOX6 News Monday, November 20th that Andy Tyler has suffered “irreversible brain damage.” One of Tyler’s daughters, however, disputed an alderman’s statement that Tyler was brain dead and relatives were preparing for his funeral. Tyler, 71, has been in critical condition for the last 10 days. On November 10th, the crossing guard was walking to his post outside Kluge Elementary School. He was […]

  • Bag a buck this hunting season? Wisconsin DNR suggests getting it tested for CWD

    WAUKESHA — Across the state, hunters are packing up for Saturday’s Opening Day of the gun deer hunting season. A number of cars will be heading north — the destination: their preferred hunting grounds. For those hunters who are successful this weekend, the Department of Natural Resources is asking for some help. With hunters heading out, the Wisconsin DNR wants those able to bag a buck to bring them to testing locations like the one in Waukesha. Biologists test the […]

  • Milwaukee police: Vehicle crashes into day care center; no injuries reported

    MILWAUKEE — A car crashed into a day care center near 52nd and Hampton on Thursday afternoon, November 16th. Milwaukee police said two cars crashed, sending one into the front window of the facility. Police and workers at the day care said no one was hurt. Staff members at the day care declined to be interviewed but said there were six children inside at the time. Police said they were called to the accident around 12:10pm Thursday. An MPD spokesman […]

  • Police: 5 suspects, ranging in age from 12 to 17 arrested after pursuit led to crash at 25th and Wells

    MILWAUKEE — Police arrested five people after a chase ended in a crash on the near west side Tuesday night. Authorities said the youngest of the suspects apprehended, while fleeing from a stolen car, was 12 years old. With the signs of a police scene still present at 25th and Wells, Nate King Jr. said Wednesday he was alerted Tuesday night to the crash at the intersection. “I manage that building. I manage this building so, you know, 25th and […]

  • Park space or development: Debate heats up over what to do after Bradley Center is demolished

    MILWAUKEE — With construction of the new Bucks arena coming along, we know the BMO Harris Bradley Center’s days are numbered. We do not know what the future plans are for the site once the building is demolished. However, one group believes it should simply be an open public space. You might remember the Bradley Center was a gift from Jane Bradley Pettit. The Downtown Neighbors Association says converting that downtown site into a large public park would be the […]

  • “His life is forever changed:” Crossing guard’s leg amputated after hit-and-run; driver at large

    MILWAUKEE — Andrew Tyler was always moving. His family says the 71-year-old made sure to stay busy in retirement, working as a school crossing guard for the last nine years. Relatives say Tyler is now an amputee after a hit-and-run accident last week. Tyler’s family confirmed Monday, November 13th his left leg was amputated over the weekend. Froedtert Hospital officials said he’s listed in critical condition. Tyler’s family said Monday that Andrew grew up in Nashville and moved to Milwaukee […]

  • Search underway for hit-and-run driver that struck crossing guard on Milwaukee’s northwest side

    MILWAUKEE — Police are looking for the driver who ran over a 71-year-old crossing guard on Milwaukee’s north side and then took off. It happened near 72nd and Carmen around 6:30 a.m., Friday morning, November 10th. Police say the elderly victim has been employed by the Milwaukee Police Department for the last nine years as a crossing guard. Police said Friday afternoon he was in the hospital with serious injuries, including multiple broken bones, but it expected to survive. Neighbors say […]

  • Woman battling depression finds therapy through coloring; sends artwork to children in hospitals

    HARTLAND — For long stretches, the sounds of a hand rifling through a bin of colored pencils and the subsequent sketching are all you can hear in Ranay Gross’s living room. Lounged in a recliner, Gross fills in one coloring after another. “I would say (coloring is) 80% of my life,” Gross estimated. A small pile of completed artwork fills the corner of Gross’s living room, which has basically become her studio. Coloring is her escape. “It’s like everything just […]

  • 13 years later: Documentary gives father of man shot by Kenosha police new hope

    KENOSHA — On the anniversary of his son’s death, Michael Bell said he hopes a new documentary will get the case reopened. There is no dispute that 13 years ago Thursday, November 9th, Michael Bell Jr. was pulled over and resisted officers. There is no question the struggle ended with Bell shot once in the head. Bell Sr. now says the new documentary, Forensically Impossible: Anatomy of a Police Cover-Up, will make people reconsider the following questions: Did the officer […]