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I'm excited to be a part of the FOX6 team. It's amazing to be living out my dream and working as a news reporter in a great city. I come to FOX 6 from WCIA in Champaign, IL. Before that, I worked at WAND as a Champaign bureau reporter. As WCIA's lead nightside reporter, I covered the fall of former Governor Rod Blagojevich, the largest admissions scandal in the history of the University of Illinois, and even rubbed elbows with Roger Ebert at his acclaimed film festival "Ebertfest." It is nice to be working with so many reporters I used to rub elbows with in Champaign like Brittney Sager, Bret Buganski, Ben Handelman, and A.J. Bayatpour.

I knew I wanted to be a TV reporter since I was a kid. I used to stay up late to watch the 10 o'clock news every night, against my parent's wishes, on my couch in Northwest Indiana. Being a Hoosier, it was in my blood (and family history) to attend Indiana University. There, I double majored in political science and Hoosier basketball. After graduation I earned my Master's degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

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  • Cargill

    “It’s unfortunate:” Cargill to shut down Milwaukee beef harvest facility; 600 workers affected

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Cargill announced on Wednesday, July 30th that it will close its Milwaukee beef harvest facility, which employs approximately 600 people. The closure takes effect at the close of business, Friday, August 1st. The closure of the facility results primarily from the tight cattle supply brought about by producers retaining cattle for herd expansion.  The ground beef plant at the site will remain open to meet customer needs, employing approximately 200 people.  Cargill’s six other U.S. beef harvest […]

  • 911 butt dials

    “We have to respond to them:” Germantown PD taking in 911 calls…that aren’t actual emergencies!

    GERMANTOWN (WITI) — Five calls on Monday, July 28th and two on Tuesday. People are dialing 911 when there’s no emergency! These calls are pocket dials! People are accidentally hitting buttons that dial 911 — and police say it’s taking resources away from where they’re needed. There is no downtime at the Germantown Police Department. Dozens of emergency calls are answered every day, and every second counts. “Every day is different! There’s never a dull moment,” 911 Dispatcher Joyce Schweitzer […]

  • guitar

    Two classic bands impress fans at Washington Co. fair after ZZ Top cancels show

    WASHINGTON CO. (WITI) — Big crowds and a lot of happy people. It was a mad scramble to find ZZ Top’s replacement. The Guess Who and Blood, Sweat and Tears took the stage in their place, and concert goers are calling it a success. There is no lack of entertainment at the Washington Co. fair. “We have as much fun walking around and enjoying the smells and the sights as the sounds,” says Tim Thompson, attendee. Beyond the tilt-w-whirl, games, and […]

  • Police Recording

    Milwaukee Police Department looking into policy changes regarding cell phone recordings

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Changes could be coming to the Milwaukee Police Department. The new policy deals with video and officers. When they can be recorded, and the only time they can stop it. From arrests, to conflicts. In an age of technology, anything can be captured in the moment. “Everybody has a cell phone, everybody has cameras,” says Many times, police are front and center. “When you have evidence, you can`t beat the tape,” says Community activist, Tory Lowe, is […]

  • Steven Zelich

    New documents: Personnel files on Steven Zelich released by Mequon PD contain surprising reviews

    MEQUON (WITI) — “A true asset.” “A great officer” Surprising words for a man who’s the prime suspect in the deaths of two women. New documents, released by the Mequon Police Department provide insight into Steven Zelich’s past. Before Zelich was a West Allis police officer, he spent five years as a patrolman in Mequon. A stack of papers released by Mequon PD shows Zelich was “a respected officer” before he became a suspect. Zelich has pleaded not guilty to two […]

  • tanya fawcett

    Racine police: A mother is behind bars, accused of committing a burglary with her young children in tow!

    RACINE (WITI) — It’s an unlikely scenario: A mom with her three children — committing a crime! Racine police say a mother was caught red-handed in the middle of a burglary, with her children in tow! A quiet building on a busy stretch of road became the target of a crime. “It’s really tragic actually, to put these kids in that kind of a situation,” Racine Police Sgt. Jessie Metoyer said. Police say on Monday, July 21st, 35-year-old Tanya Fawcett […]

  • Steven Zelich

    “I’m always professional and gentlemanly:” In audio recordings, West Allis Police Chief confronts Steven Zelich

    WEST ALLIS (WITI) — For the first time, we are hearing from the former West Allis police officer accused of hiding two bodies in suitcases — and dumping them in the Town of Geneva. The West Allis Police Department released audio recordings from when Zelich was an officer there in 2001 — following an incident that eventually led to his resignation. The audio recordings share a conversation between the West Allis Police Chief and Steven Zelich. In them, the chief […]

  • Hoyt Rescue

    14-year-old boy pulled from Menomonee River has died

    WAUWATOSA (WITI) — It all happened down a path, in the river — a busy afternoon at the park, turned tragic. The Milwaukee Medical Examiner confirms that the 14-year-old boy who was pulled from the water, had a pulse when being transported to the hospital, but has now died. An unexpected scene at a Wauwatosa park — lights and sirens change the mood from carefree, to concern. “The sheriffs were out here,” says witness Jodie Dandridge. “I thought they were […]

  • Zoo Interchange

    Shut down for 54 hours: “We have a full-freeway closure in both directions on I-94″

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Friday night, July 18th is the night —  Crews have started getting in to position. They are ready to move all of the equipment on the roads and let the work begin, as the Zoo Interchange reconstruction project causes the closure of a segment of Interstate 94. The Starbucks parking lot on the west side of Highway 100, just north of the freeway, is about as close as people want to get to the construction work. “To […]

  • Marina Dimitrijevic

    “You’re shocked!” County Board Chairwoman Marina Dimitrijevic at the Courthouse just 16 times in two months

    MILWAUKEE COUNTY (WITI) — Records reveal Milwaukee County Board Chairwoman Marina Dimitrijevic swiped her key card at the Milwaukee County Courthouse just 16 times in a two-month period of time — and it’s drawing controversy. For more than a year, there’s been a heated debate regarding the jobs of Milwaukee County Supervisors. “Everyone talks about how much the county supervisors work. Is it full-time? Is it part-time?” Joe Trawitzki said. Trawitzki, a Bay View lawyer, took it upon himself to find […]

  • waukesha burglary suspects

    Sense of security shaken: Three teenagers accused of stealing dozens of items from several homes

    WAUKESHA (WITI) — Three teenagers, dozens of stolen items and an alleged night of crime! Waukesha police say they’ve caught the suspects responsible for taking things like iPads…and guns! Two of the teenage suspects were in court in Waukesha County on Wednesday, July 16th. Meanwhile, a victim says he’s happy to learn of the arrests, but his sense of security is shaken. “It’s nice (on the south side of Waukesha). It really is. We’ve never had any issues,” a burglary […]

  • Zoo Interchange

    “We should be fine:” First responders say thanks to preparation, full freeway closure shouldn’t be a problem

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Preparing for closed roads, backups and delays! I-94 will be shut down in both directions from the Zoo Interchange to Highway 100 this weekend. That means detours and a lot of planning. It also means first responders have to adjust their routes. In a job where every second counts, and speed is everything, Bell Ambulance paramedic Scott Mickelsen stays focused on getting to the emergency. “First things first is get to the scene safely and efficiently. When a […]