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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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  • Dontre Hamilton

    Information under wraps: Milwaukee Alderman says more information needs to come out in Dontre Hamilton case

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — A Milwaukee alderman says key information is being kept under wraps in the Dontre Hamilton case — that includes an eye witness account from another alderman. Alderman Joe Davis says there is a lot of uncertainty in the case. He wants eye witness accounts and an investigative report to be released to clear up confusion. “I think it’s a travesty,” said Davis. Six-months have passed. “We never lose sight of the incident that occurred,” said Davis. And […]

  • Dontre Hamilton

    “Time is weighing on them heavily:” Family marks six months since Dontre Hamilton was shot, killed

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — It has been six months since 31-year-old Dontre Hamilton was shot and killed in Red Arrow Park in downtown Milwaukee by former Milwaukee Police Officer Christopher Manney. Family members and supporters of Dontre Hamilton marked that anniversary with a rally and march on Thursday evening, October 30th. Dontre Hamilton’s family members and close to 100 supporters marched throughout downtown Milwaukee on Thursday evening — renewing their call for criminal charges to be filed against Christopher Manney. They say they […]

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    “The more you are prepared, the better:” What to do in an active shooter situation

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Following the Washington state high school shooting that happened on Friday, October 24th, law enforcement closer to home prepares for those types of shooting situations constantly. Law enforcement says this training is as important as a tornado or fire drill. Teaching not just police officers what to do, but those working inside the schools. “You don’t want these situations to happen,” said Brian Dorow, Waukesha County Technical College criminal justice dean. They are nightmare scenarios that have […]

  • Ed Flynn

    Milwaukee Police Association will take ‘no confidence’ vote

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Members of the Milwaukee Police Association are saying they’ve lost faith in the police chief. This all comes after a Milwaukee Police Officer was fired for the events leading up to a deadly shooting in Red Arrow Park. 1,600 members of the Milwaukee Police Association will take a ‘no confidence’ vote next week. It is not binding, but the Milwaukee Police Association President says it sends a very strong message. It’s a big vote, with a strong […]

  • Christopher Manney

    Officer Manney: Six citizen complaints filed against him in his 13 years

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — From the streets to City Hall, Milwaukee Police Officer Christopher Manney has drawn both criticism and support. Manney shot and killed Hamilton in late April — and lost his job for the events leading up to that shooting. Through open records requests, FOX6 News has learned Manney has had six citizen complaints in his 13 years on the police force. The complaints range from a dispute over a traffic ticket to accusations of misuse of authority, harassment […]

  • Rally

    Dontre Hamilton protests continue “onward”

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — There are new developments in the case involving a fired Milwaukee police officer. That news comes as protesters supporting Dontre Hamilton, again made their way through the city on Thursday evening, October 16th. The theme of Thursday’s protest was “onward.” The group that has been marching for months said Thursday their effort is growing. On the heels of a big decision, in which Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn announced the firing of Milwaukee Police Officer Christopher Manney, […]

  • family

    Dontre Hamilton’s family says officer’s firing is a step in the right direction, but they want more

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn announced on Wednesday, October 15th he has terminated the Milwaukee police officer who shot and killed 31-year-old Dontre Hamilton in Red Arrow Park on April 30th. Family members and friends of Dontre Hamilton watched Chief Flynn’s news conference through a live web stream at the Milwaukee Police Administration Building, and FOX6 News was there with them as the police officer’s name was made public. The Hamilton family says Wednesday’s announcement that Officer […]

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    Arson suspected in 3-alarm fire, but why didn’t anyone call 911?

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Milwaukee fire officials suspect arson is the cause of a three-alarm fire near 12th and Highland — just north of the Marquette Interchange on Sunday afternoon, October 12th. Three homes were fully engulfed — flames and thick smoke clouded an otherwise clear sky on Sunday. Oddly, nobody in the neighborhood had bothered to call 911. “We discovered this fire on the way to another fire,” said Assistant Fire Chief Dan Lipski of the Milwaukee Fire Department. Firefighters came […]

  • burke walker

    Walker vs. Burke: Back on the campaign trail

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — They threw verbal punches in the same room. But one day after the governor’s debate, the two candidates, hitting the campaign trail hours from each other. Less than 24 hours after squaring off, the candidates hit the road. “I don’t know how many of you watched the debate last night,” said Mary Burke. Saturday afternoon, Democratic candidate Mary Burke makes a stop at UW-Milwaukee with the U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren. “It’s just good to be […]

  • Nicolet

    How did they get in? Locker room thieves at two different high schools

    GLENDALE (WITI) — A breach in security. Lockers broken into, money and phones stolen from Nicolet High School. The thieves weren’t students, but criminals parents say were allowed to roam the halls. Parents say two suspects entered the school through the main office. They’re upset at the lack of security, and are looking for changes. There is a lot to think about as a high school freshman. “They’re still trying to get used to things,” said Brian Wilson, father of […]

  • Bell

    “We’re about as ready as we can be:” Bell Ambulance plans for Ebola

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Because of the Ebola outbreak in the U.S., the fight against the disease may be a long one. Because of that, those who deal with patients first-hand are preparing. Bell Ambulance says the key is information. They are taking precautions that start with dispatch, and follow through well after patients are taken to the hospital. Bell Ambulance has created a plan that starts with a few simple questions — a plan to make sure Ebola is not […]

  • Hubertus House of Horror

    “31 years! Why now?” Archdiocese says this year will be the last for Hubertus “House of Horror” – but why?

    HUBERTUS (WITI) — The Archdiocese of Milwaukee says a haunted house in Hubertus run by the St. Gabriel School is too dark. This year will be the last for the Hubertus “House of Horror.” The Hubertus “House of Horror” is in its 31st year. Volunteers say it’s all about having fun. The Milwaukee Archdiocese says this year will be the last year this haunted house will be allowed to operate. “From the minute you walk in, your adrenaline is rushing. It’s […]


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