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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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    Gov. Walker announces $4.5M investment committed to jobs and rebuilding Milwaukee neighborhoods

    MILWAUKEE — State and local officials say the civil disorder nearly two weeks ago on Milwaukee’s north side has given them a new sense of urgency. To that end, Governor Scott Walker announced on Friday, August 26th that nearly $5 million has been pooled together from different state agencies. It will be invested in Milwaukee. The $4.5 million investment will have two key purposes: help people in the central city find jobs and to address neighborhoods where vacant properties are […]

  • Eric Burrows

    “How do you know if you are stalking?” Man accused of sending live ball python to ex-girlfriend’s apartment

    SHEBOYGAN COUNTY — An Elkhart Lake man is accused of stalking and threatening his ex-girlfriend — allegedly sending threatening letters to her employer and her apartment complex, leaving her threatening messages, and even delivering a live ball python snake to her apartment complex. The accused is 37-year-old Eric Burrows of Elkhart Lake, who is facing one count of stalking/domestic abuse, for his alleged actions from July 30th through August 18th. Unfortunately, those with the Sheboygan County District Attorney’s Office say […]

  • Shooting at 44th and Auer

    More violence near Sherman Park: Man shot, seriously hurt feet from where Sylville Smith shot & killed

    MILWAUKEE — A 19-year-old man was shot and seriously hurt Tuesday night, August 23rd near 44th and Auer– just feet from where 23-year-old Sylville Smith was shot and killed by a Milwaukee police officer on August 13th. It happened around 10:00 p.m. Police say the victim was sitting in a vehicle when a suspect fired several gunshots into the vehicle. The 19-year-old man suffered a very serious gunshot wound, but it is believed he will survive. He was taken to the hospital by […]

  • Public Safety Action Plan

    More officers, deputies, less GPS monitoring, review of pursuit policy among public safety recommendations

    MILWAUKEE — Members of Milwaukee’s Common Council, including President Ashanti Hamilton on Tuesday afternoon, August 23rd unveiled a “public safety action plan” — including a series of recommendations intended to address Milwaukee’s violence epidemic, spelling out possible strategies for reducing crime. A news conference was held at City Hall at 2:00 p.m. — and these 23 recommendations, divided by city, county and state, were unveiled. Common Council leaders said not every alderman agrees with these recommendations, so this is being […]

  • Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel

    A.G. Schimel not releasing body camera video in Sylville Smith case at this time

    MILWAUKEE — Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel offered an update on Monday morning, August 22nd on the investigation into the officer-involved fatal shooting of 23-year-old Sylville Smith. Schimel said the video in this case, that so many in the community want to see, will not be released anytime soon. Smith was fatally shot near 44th and Auer on Saturday afternoon, August 13th. The incident touched off several days of unrest in Milwaukee’s Sherman Park neighborhood. Authorities have said Smith was fleeing police […]

  • Sherman Park neighborhood

    “Something has to be done:” Rebuilding of Sherman Park neighborhood can’t be done by just a few

    MILWAUKEE — When it comes to rebuilding and healing the Sherman Park neighborhood, help may have to come from in and outside the community. “Protrade” is tucked away in a building about ten blocks from the gas station at Sherman and Burleigh. Inside, instructors are helping young men in the neighborhood take control of their community. “I think what happened this past weekend is a symptom of the issues we face in the inner city in Milwaukee,” said Protrade CEO […]

  • seg5

    Unwanted label: How did Milwaukee become known as “America’s most segregated major city?”

    MILWAUKEE — It is a label getting national attention these days — Milwaukee as America’s most segregated major city. Borders are everywhere. Many of them are easy to see. Others are invisible, but well-known to those around them. Holton Street is the invisible border between diversified Riverwest and Harambee, which is almost exclusively black. “We have to be able to understand what’s happening today by looking into the past,” said Reggie Jackson. Jackson is documenting Milwaukee’s history of segregation. He […]

  • ATF investigates fire at BP gas station

    ATF offers reward of up to $10,000 for information in Sherman Park fires

    MILWAUKEE — The ATF is now offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for any of several commercial fires set during the overnight hours of August 13th and August 14th in Milwaukee. Angry crowds took to the streets in Milwaukee on Saturday night, August 13th to protest the shooting death of an armed man by a police officer hours earlier. That man was 23-year-old Sylville Smith. The following […]

  • Sherelle Smith

    “They knew each other:” Sister of Sylville Smith says officer who shot her brother was no stranger

    MILWAUKEE — We are hearing more from the sister of Sylville Smith, the man who was fatally shot by a Milwaukee police officer on Saturday, August 13th. In a FOX6 News exclusive, the sister reveals the previous connection between her brother and the officer. Milwaukee police are not releasing the name of the officer who shot Smith, saying threats have been made against him. Sherelle Smith says that officer is no stranger to her family. “The boy knew my brother […]

  • Vehicle engulfed in flames near 45th and Hadley early Monday morning

    Police: Shooting victim rushed to hospital from Sherman & Burleigh; officer hurt; car engulfed in flames

    MILWAUKEE — A FOX6 News crew was on scene at Milwaukee Police Department District 7 Sunday night, August 14th after a group confronted police at that location. Officers were in riot gear. As of about midnight, the National Guard had NOT been deployed on the streets of Milwaukee. The second straight night of violent protests appeared to be winding down by about 2:00 a.m. From District 7, the group moved to the area near Sherman and Burleigh. As of 10:50 p.m., Milwaukee police […]

  • Sylville Smith/Facebook

    Flynn: Officer who fatally shot Sylville Smith is African-American; there are concerns for his safety

    MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett on Sunday afternoon, August 14th provided an update on unrest in the city beginning Saturday night, August 13th and continuing into the early morning hours Sunday in the wake of a fatal officer-involved shooting that happened Saturday afternoon. Mayor Barrett spoke first, saying: “For the last 24 hours, this community has experienced a lot. We have been challenged in a way we have not been challenged for years.” […]

  • 8th and Wisconsin

    Police leave area near 8th and Wisconsin after officers in riot gear seen near Domino’s

    MILWAUKEE — There was a large police presence near 8th and Wisconsin in downtown Milwaukee Sunday night, August 14th. Police responded to the area around 9:30 p.m. after a group of young men came to the area in vehicles. Police said they were seen wearing bandanas. Officers showed up to the scene — not knowing what intentions the young men may have had. The initial reports indicated the group involved 15-20 people in five to six vehicles. The group of […]

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